India nationals: Individual Consultant (Disaster Risk Management)
India is vulnerable, in varying degrees, to a large number of natural as well as man-made disasters. In India, 22 out of 35 states and union territories are multi-disaster prone. Nearly 80 per cent of the country’s geographical area is vulnerable to disasters of different kinds. Heightened vulnerabilities to disaster risks can be related to expanding population, urbanization and industrialization, development within high-risk zones, environmental degradation and climate change. India has experienced exponential urban growth in the last few decades. The urban population of India has grown from 285 million in 2001 to 377 million in 2011, which is likely to touch 533 million by 2025. As cities grow in an unregulated manner, and the number of people living in slums swell, urban risk exposure is likely to be significant.
The GOI-UNDP DRR programme is envisaged to support Central and State Government programmes and initiatives by providing critical inputs that would enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the efforts in Disaster Risk Reduction. The programme strives to strengthen the institutional structure to undertake Disaster Risk Reduction activities at various levels including risks being enhanced due to climate change and develop preparedness for recovery. The GOI-UNDP Climate Risk Management in Urban Areas through Disaster Preparedness and Mitigation project supported by USAID became operational in India in October 2012, covering eight cities including the city of Navi Mumbai. The main objectives of the programme are (1) reduce disaster risk in urban areas by enhancing institutional capacities to integrate climate risk reduction measures in development programmes as well as to undertake mitigation activities based on the scientific analysis, and (2) enhance community capacities to manage climate risk in urban areas by enhancing the preparedness. Under the project, specific activities are currently underway to attain key results such as: Preparation of City Disaster Management Plans (CDMP), Hazard Risk and Vulnerability Analysis, training of communities to respond to disasters, action plans to strengthen Early Warning systems based on analytical studies, sectoral plans with key focus on mainstreaming of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in development programmes and knowledge management.
This assignment is scoped to review and update the CDMP of Navi Mumbai with a view to assess the clarity, comprehensiveness, efficiency, appropriateness, and dissemination including the integration of climate risk management measures in the CDMP planning process and plan document.
Secondly, this assignment aims to provide specific recommendations and provide strategies to the city administration section to address the gaps established during the review process to update the CDMP.
Thirdly, the consultant would support the corporation in updating the plan as per the individual department-specific recommendations to ensure that it is effective and implementable.