District Climate Resilience Plan (DCRP) is the first of its kind attempt to integrate climate resilience requirements and approaches into the district-level planning framework in the vulnerable and under-developed regions of India. The DCRP is aimed to be positioned as a complementary handbook of implementation for the district-level officials and public leaders such that they are able to appreciate and address the risks as well as support the recovery from impacts. As a follow-up to the State Action Plan on Climate Change (SAPCC), the DCRP is inclusive of sectors and governance areas that are key to resilience such as Disaster Management, Agriculture and Irrigation, Health, et al.
The project required engagement of the state government of Uttar Pradesh and district administrations of Jhansi and Chitrakoot as well as their communities. The Department of Environment in Lucknow endorsed the initiative while District level officials in various departments participated in the information sharing sessions. The under-developed state of U.P. is one of the largest in the country and its long-standing core development issues have been in the midst of political rivalry. The region of Bundelkhand which is in the scope of DCRP research has had a very interesting and unfortunate history implying the quantity of literature to be analysed and then validated with on-ground evidence and inputs from stakeholders in the 2 districts is also significant in scope and quantity. The time being taken for every stage is longer than anticipated so that methodology, secondary data and primary research are adequate and suitable for required outcomes.
- To assess the climate impacts on communities, ecosystems and economy and the challenges to resilience
- To review ongoing schemes on their contribution to enhancing coping mechanisms and gaps with adjustments needed
- To identify the areas of convergence and coordination on specific resilience factors by relevant departments and their plans
- To outline an approach to adjust existing plans to achieve resilience goals for a district
- Identify roles and responsibilities of all stakeholders in district climate resilience building.
- Assess the climate impacts during the last 3 years and its related manifestations on communities, in terms of access to basic services and coping mechanisms.
- To review ongoing welfare schemes for climate co-benefits and governance mechanism with respect to addressing related coordinating among existing institutions in districts and their linkages with state capital in the context of SAPCC implementation.
- To identify the capacity development needs of relevant departments necessary to implement the climate adaptation agenda.
- To outline broad contours of an implementation plan with the identification of roles and responsibilities of different stakeholders.
- Identification of gaps in the implementation of State Action Plan at the local level.
- Identify major barriers and thus strategic directions for better implementation of SAP.
- Provide practices that based on subject matter experts and other local administration/executives to make successful efforts.