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Community Based Flood Early Warning Systems issue no. 183, July 2019:

This issue of is titled "Community Based Flood Early Warning Systems" and focuses on the efforts of Poorvanchal Grameen Vikas Sangathan (PGVS) in evolving such systems in 95 villages of eastern UP. The articles contained in this issue highlight the various aspects of this initiative ranging from inception, planning, execution, results and evaluation.


It also presents important lessons for the government and other humanitarian agencies to replicate CBEWS across India. Other success stories on CBEWS from and beyond have been included in this issue as well.

This issue's contents includes: (i) Putting Communities at the Centre of Early Warning

Abuja Based Human Rights Lawyer, Nigeria, (ii) Community Leadership in Flood Early Warning Systems, (iii) Assessing the Effectiveness of Community Based Flood Early Warning Systems, (iv) Community Based Flood Early Warning System, (v) UNDP Role in Strengthening Community Based Early Warning System in India, (vi) Role of KSSF in Early Warning System for Disaster Risk Reduction in India, (vii) Community Based Early Warning System: Agenda for Action, (viii) Flood Warning Systems as Social Processes for Cities and Towns, (ix) Early Warning System for Flood: A View, (x) Early Warning Systems for Floods: Structural Initiatives and People's Perception, (xi) Early Warning System(s) for Crisis and Sphere Standards: A View for Action, and (xi) Post Disaster Assessment and Recovery: ILO Agenda

Some of the best thinkers, researchers, experts, and activists, including Mihir R. Bhatt with AIDMI Team; Abha Mishra, Head of office-UNDP, Odisha; Aninia Nadig, Policy and Practice Manager, Sphere; Biswanath Dash, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities and Social Science, BITS Pilani Hyderabad Campus, Hydrabad; Dr. Ilan Kelman, University College London, UK and University of Agder, Norway; Dr. Md. Shahid Uz Zaman, Executive Director, Eco-Social Development Organization (ESDO), Collegepara (Gobindanagar), Bangladesh; Dr. PG Dhar Chakrabarti, Lead Consultant of UNDP in India and Myanmar, and Formerly Secretary NDMA and Executive Director NIDM; Fr. George Vettikattil, Executive Director, KSSF, Kottayam, Kerala; Ruchira Chandra, Programme Officer, International Labour Organisation (ILO), New Delhi, India; and Uche Hilary-Ogbonna, Nigeria.

Theme: Floods, Early Warning, Climate Change, DRR, Community, Governance

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Should Clean Air be a Fundamental Right? issue no. 182, April 2019:

This issue of is titled ‘Should Clean Air be a Fundamental Right?’ and highlights how India's deteriorating air quality has now assumed catastrophic proportions. This issue draws from the discussions and deliberations of a workshop called 'Tackling the Challenges of Air Pollution' held in Delhi in March 2019.


Some of the key themes discussed in this issue include air quality and risk management; sources of air pollution in India and Asia; communication outreach campaigns for improving awareness on air pollution; the role of local governments in improving air quality among others.

This issue's contents includes: (i) Disaster Risk Reduction and Air Pollution; (ii) Managing Disaster Risk and Air Quality; (iii) Promoting Clean Air Campaign in Indian Cities: Learning from AIR Plan and Future Plans; (iv) Indian Cities on a Clean Air Mission; (v) Transportation and Air Pollution; (vi) Smart Communication Makes Cities Safer; (vii) Clean Air Challenges in Nepal; (viii) Clean Air as Disaster Risk Reduction Challenge in Nepal; (ix) Clean Janakpur, Green Janakpur; (x) Clean Air Challenges in Cities of Vietnam; (xi) Endorsing EcoDRR for Emerging Disaster Risks in Growing Urban Sprawls of India; (xii) A DRR Definition of "Global Catastrophe"

Some of the best thinkers, researchers, experts, and activists, including Mihir R. Bhatt with AIDMI Team; Francis Pope, University of Birmingham; G. Padmanabhan, Former UNDP; and Mahesh Rajasekar, National Institute of Urban Affairs; Ray Kancharla, Save the Children; and Prabodh Dhar Chakrabarti, Former Executive Director, NIDM; Priya Dutta, Shyam Pingle, Pankaj Yadav, Dileep Mavalankar, Indian Institute of Public Health, Gandhinagar; Vijay Limaye, Kim Knowlton, Anjali Jaiswal, Natural Resources Defense Council; Arindam Upmanyu, Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gandhinagar; Sharmila Deo, Parisar, Pune, Maharashtra; Kunal Kumar (IAS), Mission Director (Smart Cities), and Joint Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India; Ayush Adhikari, Consultant; and Anu Adhikari, Senior Programme Officer (Climate Change, Gender and Social Inclusion), IUCN Nepal; Kiran Ojha, Country Director, Lutheran World Relief (LWR), Nepal; Santosh Kumar Mahato, Technical Advisor, Aasaman Nepal; Do Ngoc Thao, Vietnam; Dr. Shalini Dhyani, South Asia Regional Chair, IUCN CEM and Scientist; CSIR-NEERI, Nagpur, Maharashtra; Ray Taylor, Oxford, UK

Urban Disaster, Clean Air, DRR, Air Pollution, Safe Cities

Making Humanitarian Response More Flexible: Exploring New Models and Approaches