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This study assesses the physical, fiscal, and sociological impacts of natural disasters on coastal communities in South Asia. The data collected through fieldwork across India, China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines will be used to create a holistic set of recommendations to national organisations, which can be used to limit the harm from natural disasters.

The project will run between 2018 and 2021, with the aim of identifying vulnerable coastal areas and is developing a Combined Coastal Vulnerability Index (CCVI) to share with stakeholders. The development of ongoing partnerships and community engagement seeks to support policy and decision makers, coastal planners and stakeholders will be supported and encouraged to use the indices to inform decision making about coastal vulnerability and disaster management.


  • University of Delhi
  • Jawaharlal Nehru University
  • Anand Agricultural University
  • Institute of Economic Growth
  • Indian Space Research Organisation
  • Da La Salle University
  • Local Government Academy – Makati, Manila
  • Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office
  • Indian Institution of Technology, Kharagpur
  • Chinese Academy of Sciences

Community engagement is critical to the project, and has included workshops with those living in coastal areas assessed as vulnerable to climate change. There have been over 1000 participants across both countries, and workshops have been attended by agriculturalists (farmers), fishing people, school and university students, and women’s groups. The gender dimensions of disaster management in the identified areas will be explored and recommendations made to mitigate any inequalities.

The photographs below were taken on recent field trips to Andhra Pradesh in India (Nov 2018) and Legazpi in the Philippines (Feb 2019).

Dr Komali Kantamaneni stood in front of boats as part of the GCRF project

Dr Komali Kantamaneni with a group in Legazpi, Philippines

Dr Komali Kantamaneni talking to people in a forest as part of the GCRF project

Dr Komali Kantamaneni looking at plants as part of the GCRF project

About GCRF

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a £1.5 billion fund announced by the UK Government in late 2015 to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries. Alongside the other GCRF delivery partners we are creating complementary programmes that:

  • promote challenge-led disciplinary and interdisciplinary research, including the participation of researchers who may not previously have considered the applicability of their work to development issues
  • Strengthen capacity for research, innovation and knowledge exchange in the UK and developing countries through partnership with excellent UK research and researchers
  • Provide an agile response to emergencies where there is an urgent research need.

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