Projects & Events
Climate-induced Disasters in Odisha, India: Impacts, Adaptation and Policy Implications
The major goal of this study is to explore the mechanisms to study the impact of climate-induced disasters on health, administrative systems and on the population. The specific objectives are:
To understand the perceived impact of climate-induced disasters on socio-economic, livelihood, health and psychological problems of climate-induced disasters (e.g. Cyclone/Flood, Drought and Heat Wave) among affected people, with specific reference to vulnerable populations.
To explore the challenges, adaptation strategies and approaches of the health system, infrastructures and public policy; and community responses to prevent and/or address the climate-induced disasters.
The findings of the study showed that people were aware about climate change and disasters in the area. Drought, heatwave and lightning were slowly emerging as major disasters in Odisha besides floods and cyclones owing to the severity of impact in recent years. There was unpredictable temperature change and seasons had become uncertain. Natural disasters have acutely impacted health, livelihoods and food security, leading to psycho-social problems and forcing people to take up low wage work or migrate. Livelihood assistance from SHGs have marginally managed to reduce the vulnerability of people. PDS has partially benefited people during disasters, particularly in drought situations, which is saving people from starvation deaths that happened in earlier days. Lack of knowledge and promotion of govt. schemes and insurance policies has made farmers, BPL category people, landless, vendors, small-scale business men, disabled and older more vulnerable. Multipurpose cyclone rehabilitation centres, concrete houses built under the Indira Awas Yojana and Seasonal Residential Care Centre (SRCC) have proved beneficial for people.
The Population, Environmental Risk, and Climate Change (PERCC) research initiative of Population Council
PERCC research initiative deepens the Council’s mission with a new institutional commitment to improve the integration of the population and climate sciences. PERCC asks the question: How do environmental changes affect demographic processes and what impact do they have on vulnerable populations?
Vulnerability Scoping Study: Air Pollution Exposure of Pavement Dwellers in Delhi
The ASAAP-India vulnerability scoping studies explore the experiences of those particularly vulnerable populations, occupations and locations in the cities of Ahmedabad (Gujarat) and Delhi (National Capital Territory), exposed to high levels of air pollution. By undertaking vulnerability scoping studies, the research team seeks to generate a more nuanced understanding of specific characteristics and factors associated with vulnerability to air pollution.