The proposed project shall be implemented in destitute villages on the Nepal-India border and along the provincial borders of the two North Indian states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, at the point where the Narayani/Gandak River enters in India from the hills of Nepal. The 12 project villages identified for the project are located along the River Gandak are highly flood prone.
As suggested by the pilot project ‘Cross-Border Early Warning System in India and Nepal’ (implemented by LWR in collaboration with GDS and BIKALPA in Narayani/Gandak river basin and by DCA in collaboration with Lutheran World Federation and LWR with IDF in Koshi river basin 2013-2014), the need to strengthen the ability of trans-boundary communities to prepare for and withstand the impact of floods, as well as to recover and adapt to the new conditions, is gaining increasing momentum. The goal of this two-year project is to contribute to improve the quality of life of communities in the Gandak/Narayani and Koshi river basins by strengthening their resilience to the impact of flooding.
Towards this goal, the project focuses on two main objectives. The first one seeks to strengthen the ability of targeted communities to cope with (i.e. prepare for and withstand) the effects of flooding. This will be achieved by establishing a trans-boundary community-based Early Warning System (EWS), by strengthening institutional capacities, safety nets and mitigation measures, and by fostering advocacy.
Improved ability to cope with the effects of flooding
- Flood affected communities established a Trans-boundary community based Early Warning System
- Flood affected communities increased their institutional capacity on Disaster Risk Reduction including access to safety nets and mitigation facilities
- Trans-boundary team formed to strengthen community advocacy and learning on Early Warning and Disaster Risk Reduction.
Outcome 2: Increased adaptive capacity to the impacts of stressors
- Target communities have access to diversified livelihood sources
- Target communities have improved access to financial services