Participatory vulnerability assessment workshop in Rudrapur

The coming months multi stakeholder workshops will be organised at the community, district and state level in the four case study areas. These workshops aim to discuss with stakeholders about their vulnerability to climate change as a first step towards identifying and prioritising multi-sector adaptation measures. 

The first workshop was organized on 29-11-2010 in Rudrapur. Rudrapur is the headquarters of Udham Singh Nagar district which is located in the state Uttarakhand. Constituting the plains of Uttarakhand, Udham Singh Nagar is a low- lying district exposed to the threat of floods. For example in 2010, the district had been affected by floods causing huge damages to property and infrastructure. The district was recognized as the third most affected district on the basis of the losses incurred to livestock and houses damaged.

Map of Udham Singh Nagar
Map of Udham Singh Nagar

The workshop was organized by TERI and Alterra, Wageningen UR in collaboration of the District Development Officer of the Udham Singh Nagar district. The workshop brought together 15 participants from different governmental organizations operating at the district level. Following a structured methodology, participants jointly identified and discussed major climatic hazards that they experienced over the past 30 years. They experienced a gradual  increase in the number of foggy days as well as the duration of fog. Participants also put forward climatic hazards such as droughts, floods and delayed monsoon, to name just a few.

Vulnerability assessment Workshop
Vulnerability assessment Workshop

There was a lively discussion on the impacts of these hazards and their response strategies. A debate on the effectiveness of these strategies helped the stakeholders to identify new adaptation strategies to address climate change more effectively. Examples of strategies that were discussed include: population control, pollution control, public awareness, better forecasting systems, new variety of crops in crop insurance programs and, relocation of people from flood plains. At the end of the workshop the most vulnerable regions within the district, vulnerable sectors and social groups were identified. This information will guide the choice about which villages to visit for the vulnerability assessment workshop at community level in the district.

Brainstorm Session
Brainstorm Session

Annemarie Groot, Alterra (Wageningen UR )