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4th International Conference on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure: ICDRI, CDRI and IRIS Explained

 

International Conference on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure: Relevance

  • GS 3: Disaster and disaster management.

 

Disaster management: Context

  • Recently, our Prime Minister has addressed the inaugural session of the fourth edition of the International Conference on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (ICDRI).

 

What is ICDRI?

  • The International Conference on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (ICDRI) is an annual international conference and platform to continue building an engaged global community for disaster and climate resilient infrastructure.
  • The conference is organised by the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI), and will bring together stakeholders from partner countries representing national disaster risk management agencies, key infrastructure sectors, private sector and many multilateral institutions.
  • The Conference provides an opportunity to address issues around infrastructure transitions, risk governance and finance, and putting people at the centre of building resilient infrastructure.

 

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What is CDRI?

  • The Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) is an international coalition of national governments, UN agencies and programmes, multilateral development banks and financing mechanisms, the private sector, and knowledge institutions.
  • CDRI aims to promote the resilience of new and existing infrastructure systems to climate and disaster risks in support of sustainable development.
  • CDRI promotes rapid development of resilient infrastructure to respond to the Sustainable Development Goals’.

 

CDRI India

  • CDRI was first proposed by our Prime Minister during the 2016 Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction held in New Delhi.
  • CDRI was then approved in 2019 for which the Government of India also pledged financial support of ₹480 crore towards the CDRI corpus.

 

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What is Infrastructure for Resilient Island State (IRIS)?

  • About: The Infrastructure for Resilient Island State (IRIS) is an initiative under the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI).
    • The Infrastructure for Resilient Island State (IRIS) is the first major initiative by India under the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI).
  • Mandate: The Infrastructure for Resilient Island State (IRIS) aims to create a disaster-resilient infrastructure that can minimize human and economic loss of the small island countries during various disasters.
  • Funding: Australia, India and the UK have committed initial funding of $10 million under the Infrastructure for Resilient Island State (IRIS). More countries like Japan are expected to join it.
  • Timely Information: ISRO will build a special data window for the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to provide them timely information about cyclones, coral-reef monitoring, coast-line monitoring, etc. through satellite.

 

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