RELEASE: Weaving Climate Data with Resilience Planning in Uttarakhand
18 August 2018 | Dehradun: The World Resources Institute (WRI) India in partnership with Acclimatise and the Uttarakhand State Climate Change Centre (SCCC) hosted a workshop on improving planning for climate adaptation and resilience using a data-driven approach.
At the workshop, WRI India presented the Partnership for Resilience and Preparedness (PREP) platform, prepdata.org, a map-based, open-data online platform that allows users to access and visualize climatic, physical, and socio-economic data for climate adaptation and resilience planning. This platform has been developed and piloted in Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
“Planning on climate change is not effective because there is lack of data and data interpretation. PREP is a helpful tool which will support SCCC in communicating impacts of climate better,” said Mr. R N Jha, Director, SCCC. Mr. Jai Raj, Principal Conservator of Forests (Head of Forest Force), Uttarakhand, added, “We hope the PREP platform is able to urgently translate climate impacts for development planning. The sectors that have been selected – tourism, water and agriculture -- are very important to the state’s economy.”
The results of WRI India’s engagement in Uttarakhand was presented, along with an overview of the portal and how to effectively use the datasets and dashboards. PREPdata aims at encouraging adaptation practitioners, data developers and innovators, private and public decision-makers and resilience policy experts to use the platform to analyze vulnerability and build better plans for climate change adaptation.
Nambi Appadurai, Strategy Head, Climate Resilience Practice (CRP), WRI India, said, “In Uttarakhand, we built data content in three sectors which will help mainstream the SCCC’s agenda by providing sectoral agencies better access to data and vulnerability assessments.”
Namrata Ginoya, Senior Project Associate, CRP, WRI India, gave an overview of the platform and Anu Jogesh and Devika Singh from Acclimatise demonstrated the use of dashboards using the example of tourism in Uttarakhand. The dashboard pulled together various related datasets to assess the impact of extreme heat days, floods and landslides on tourism infrastructure and services in Uttarakhand. It also attempted to show how such weather events endanger the lives of locals and tourists respectively.
Laura Satkowski from Future Earth and Pooja Pandey from WRI India guided the participants in a hands-on, step-by-step process on how to use the platform to visualize data and create dashboards.
Contact: Nitya Kaushik, Communications, WRI India Nitya.Kaushik@wri.org | +91 9819902763
About World Resources Institute
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About Partnership for Resilience and Preparedness
The Partnership for Resilience and Preparedness (PREP) is a public-private collaboration to empower a data-driven approach to building climate resilience. PREP aims to help planners, investors, and resource managers more easily incorporate climate risks into their decisions by enhancing access to relevant data and facilitating collective learning through insights on climate change. www.prepdata.org
About The State Climate Change Centre (SCCC), Uttarakhand
The State Climate Change Centre (SCCC) was established on 8 June 2016 to formulate climate actions with support from United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and other partners. The SCCC envisages to integrate Climate Actions, State Action plan on Climate Change (SAPCC) - Uttarakhand, Vulnerability and Risk Assessment (VRA), Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs). Website: http://www.sccc-uk.org