Climate change adaptation implications for drought risk mitigation: A perspective for India

Report / Paper

Climate change adaptation implications for drought risk mitigation: A perspective for India

AUTHORS: SVRK Prabhakar and Rajib Kumar Shaw

PUBLISHED DATE

March 2012

RESOURCE

There is growing evidence that the climate change do has implications for drought vulnerable India with studies projecting future possible reductions in monsoon related rainfall in the country. The existing drought risk mitigation and response mechanisms were looked into and gaps were identified by drawing the lessons from the previous disasters and response mechanisms. In absence of reliable climate predictions at the scales that make them useful for policy level planning, the emphasis was on identifying no-regret adaptation options those would reduce the current vulnerabilities while mainstreaming the adaptation in the long run. The most notable climate change implications for the drought vulnerable India  are the enhanced preparedness with due emphasis to the community based preparedness planning, reviewing the existing monsoon and drought prediction methodologies, establishing drought monitoring and early warning systems in association with a matching preparedness at the input level.