Mapping Initiatives for Disaster Management

In India till recently, initiatives to map different aspects of disasters have been institution specific or related to demonstration of technology for disaster management and mitigation. With the establishment of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in 2005, several expert committees were appointed to look into specific disasters and issue guidelines. One such working committee […]

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Data User’s seminar Dehradun

The Data Users’ Seminar was the first seminar of its kind being held in the city with a view to enable capacity building of teachers by covering subjects like disaster management, earthquakes, adolescent health and gender, forests, hydrology, data on disasters, GIS training, energy conservation and more. Inaugurating the Seminar, Padamshri Dr B Bhattacharjee, Member, […]

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A Rice Gene to Tackle Floods and Feed Families

Orissa has long been held hostage to extreme weather. A State Government’s document, ‘Status of Agriculture in Orissa’ (July 2008), records that over 48 years – from 1961 to 2008 – this eastern coastal State has had to grapple with floods 21 times, drought 15 times, and has faced 5 cyclones. Moreover, for the first […]

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Risk Assessment through Children

Prevention begins with information. Awareness is the first step towards information. Awareness can trigger interest, interest can lead to attention and attention can drive prompt action. As schools are the best venue for sowing collective values, school students and teachers can serve as vehicles for building a culture of prevention. Schools are also often used […]

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