Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure

Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure [2022]

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Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure

India has launched two international initiative to fight against climate change as of now One is CDRI launched in 2019 at the UN Climate Action Summit on 23rd September 2019. And other is International Solar Alliance (ISA) launched at the 2015 Paris climate change conference. The solar alliance aims at mitigation of greenhouse gases by adopting large-scale switch from fossil fuels to solar energy, simultaneously addressing issues of energy access and energy security. The CDRI is aimed towards the adaptation goal, to minimise damages and disruptions caused by disasters.

  • Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure is a platform/ forum started by India in 2019 to promote the Disaster resilience capacity of new and existing Infrastructure systems.
  • The changing climate conditions have increased the disaster and risks threat manifolds in recent years.
  • CDRI provides a platform for countries to access knowledge and resources from other members and contribute to build resilience capacity of each other’s Infrastructure.
  • CDRI is a partnership of National governments, UN agencies, Multilateral banks, private sector, knowledge institutions.

Headquarters: New Delhi


  • Members: Afghanistan, Australia, Argentina, Bhutan, Chile, Fiji, France, Germany, India, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Maldives, Mauritius, Mongolia, Nepal, Netherlands, Peru, Srilanka, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States of America.
  • Member Organisations
    • Asian Development Bank
    • World Bank group
    • United Nations development programme (UNDP)
    • United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)
    • The Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies
    • Coalition for Climate Resilient Investment

Objectives of CDRI

  • serve as a platform— CDRI act as a platform at which knowledge is generated and exchanged on different aspects of disaster and climate resilence of infrastructure.
  • Bring together Technical Expertise—CDRI brings together Technical Expertise from all its stakeholders. By doing so it also creates an assistance mechanism for countries to upgrade their infrastructure in accordance with disaster risk they face.
  • CDRI provides a platform for countries at all stages of their development to access knowledge and resources from other members and contribute to the resilience of each other’s infrastructure.
  • CDRI focuses on these 4 major themes in its functionality:
    • Risk assessment for key Infrastructure sectors at multiple scales.
    • Developing Standards, regulations, and mechanisms for enforcement.
    • Examining the role of Finance in promoting disaster resilience.
    • Developing Predictable Mechanism for supporting recovery in Disaster times in key Infrastructure sectors.

Advantages of CDRI for India.

  • Help India to establish itself as a Global leader on climate action and disaster resilience 
  • CDRI addresses adaptation in the infrastructure sector to become Disaster resilience and thus complement India’s International Solar Alliance initiative also.
  • Facilitates India’s support to build resilient infrastructure in Africa and Asia.
  • Provides access to expert knowledge, technology and helps in capacity development for Infrastructure developers.
  • Creates opportunities for Indian Infrastructure & Technology firms to expand their services abroad.

Infrastructure for Resilient Island States-IRIS

  • Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi along with few other world leaders including the UK Prime minister Boris Johnson will launch a new programme to secure critical infrastructure in small island states from the disasters induced by climate change.
  • It is Named as IRIS or Infrastructure for Resilient Island States, this programme is the first major work of the CDRI which India had initiated in 2019.

Infrastructure for Resilient Island States

  • Infrastructure for Resilient Island States (IRIS) is an operationalisation and implementation of the CDRI initiative.
  • As per CDRI, several small island states have lost almost 9 per cent of their GDP in disasters in the last few years.
  • The main work of Infrastructure for Resilient Island States would involve
    • mobilising and directing financial resources towards building resilient infrastructure in these countries,
    • retrofitting existing infrastructure,
    • development of early warning systems,
    • development and sharing of best practices.


The International Conference on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (ICDRI 2021) is an interactive virtual conference which follows International Workshops on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (IWDRI) held in 2018 and 2019.


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