From risk to resilience: GIZ India at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction 2022


In May 2022, the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR 2022) took place in Bali, Indonesia. Coordinated by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), more than 4,000 participants from 185 countries came together to share experiences and ideas on how to reduce climate risks and how to meet the myriad of challenges created by climate change disasters.

To achieve an overarching preparedness and response to natural disasters, stakeholders from both the private and public sector discussed the need to break silo-thinking and to create synergies through all sectors, for instance:

  • the need to include all available stakeholders into disaster risk reduction (such as utilising grassroot organisations and NGOs to their full potential),
  • how to monetise the value of adaptation to climate change (e.g., by quantifying the benefit of risk reduction to a community and using nature-based solutions (NBS) to alleviate disaster risks to the environment),
  • and how to finance disaster risk reduction long-term (for example using adaption methods that generate revenue through eco-tourism and lowering the costs of insurance due to reducing risk with Ecological Disaster Risk Reduction, Eco-DRR).

A main takeaway was the conclusion that sustainable resilience is only possible when including all sectors (private, public and civil society) and by creating methods of preparedness that serve income generating purposes and can be integrated in the everyday lives of affected communities.

GIZ India was present at the GPDRR 2022 with Senior Technical Advisor Manoj Kumar Yadav and Junior Advisor Isabel Walsch from the Indo-German development cooperation project ‘InsuResilience: Innovative Climate Risk Insurance in Rural India project (ICRI)’ that GIZ implements on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The project supports the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEFCC), Government of India in integrating Climate Risk Insurance into the planning and implementation of climate change adaption in India.

For further information on the Conference, please see the official website of UNDRR: Home - After | Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (