- JNU DRP collaborated in the international workshop “2nd World Congress on Disaster Management, from 19th to 22nd November, 2015, at Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India. It also participated in the ‘Spatial Governance Development, Planning Smart Cities and Disaster Management’ from 17th – 21st November 2015. The conference covered multiple sessions, which involved approximately one thousand disaster professionals focusing on various issues related to Disaster mitigation and DRR. Understanding of the complexities of disasters, enhancing and equipping the arms of the government, mobilizing the resources, involvement of the community in DRR. It also highlighted the specifics of disaster over space and time, significance of technological developments, which are used as important tools, to address issues pertaining to the warning systems, deliberated in various sessions. The study on coastal vulnerability from a global perspective was discussed in- depth. It was also emphasized that management of natural and manmade disasters should consider local responses through community awareness, which could strengthen risk reduction during disasters. Several presentations were discussed in- depth and the research scholars and faculty presented papers. Some of the faculty also chaired few sessions and spoke in plenary sessions.
- National Workshop JNU -NIDM collaborative programs on Disaster Research: The initiatives covered under this umbrella are
- “Community Resilience and Institutional Preparedness”, 30th Jan – 2nd February, 2016, Kolkata, Sundarbans, West Bengal – The first workshop brought about issues of periodic up-gradation and dissemination of location-based disaster risk information and risk maps obtained from geo-spatial information technology to build knowledge of government officials at all levels, communities at risk of exposure to disaster, volunteers, and the private sector. This could be attained through sharing experiences, lessons learned, good practices, and training and education on disaster risk reduction.
- Earthquakes and Landslides: Addressing Administrative and Technological Challenges in Building Community Resilience, 9th – 12th April, 2016, Imphal, Manipur.
The initiative in Imphal established some significant findings from the field and the issues were addressed as the need to identify school children as resources for DRR training, strengthening community preparedness, creating awareness and training the builders, mansions for safe building and structures, creating efficient Government response systems, the need to create employment opportunities for disaster survivors, identifying strategies to decrease financial loss, the importance of animal husbandry must be considered in the National Disaster Management Plan , strengthening livelihood and identifying better strategies to achieve livelihood security. Efforts to decrease deforestation, quarrying and widening roads on the hill slopes, which increase the risks of landslides, should be minimized. Efforts to afforestation and better planning of roads will decrease the rate of landslides and creating road connectivity in the hilly areas to facilitate rescue operations.
- College Cluster Programme:
- The First Consultative Meet With The Colleges, 7th September, 2015
Idea behind the creation of college clusters: JNU-DRP realized that DRR cannot be sustained without involving the youth from colleges and universities. The best age to influence and direct commitment towards DRR was at the undergraduate level.
The meeting was organized in order to involve the youth in mitigating and managing disaster. The meeting was attended by 6 colleges of Delhi University Lady Shri Ram College (LSR), Miranda House, IGNOU, CDS, Department of Social Work.
- Neighbourhood Mapping”, 20th January, 2017:
Disaster Research Programme, JNU in collaboration with Delhi University Colleges initiated a Participatory Neighbourhood Mapping meet at Lady Shri Ram College. DRP along-with the colleges has initiated to map the vulnerability in the neighborhood hazardous area to create a map which would show the risks faced by the communities. The college cluster meet was marked with the presence of large numbers of students from societies like NSS, NCC, environment and adventure club and departments like Geography, political science, history from different colleges like Miranda House, Kamla Nehru, Gargi college and also teachers from nearby schools. The neighborhood mapping process includes identification of hazards, preparing vulnerability indicators, sensitization and coordination of the institutions as well as the community. LSR was the core coordinator for other colleges of the University of Delhi.