Strengthening resilience to climate change related disaster risks

Climate change is a major challenge for the Himalayan State of Uttarakhand that faces large scale climate variability and is most vulnerable to climate-induced risks. The geo-environment of Uttarakhand is increasingly susceptible to a number of impacts that include soil erosion, landslides, prolonged dry spells, glacier recession, erratic precipitation, extreme climate events and rapid loss of habitats and biodiversity. The State is also prone to earthquakes, landslides, cloudbursts, flash-floods, avalanches, as well as droughts.  Uttarakhand thus faces the twin challenges of dealing with extreme weather-related disasters (such as floods and cloudburst) and adapting to the impacts of climate change as well.