India launches Infrastructure for the Resilient Island States (IRIS)


From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level : Not much

Mains level : Paper 2- SIDS

The PM has launched the Initiative for the Resilient Island States (IRIS) for developing infrastructure of small island nations.

What is IRIS?

  • The Small Island Developing States or SIDS face the biggest threat from climate change.
  • To mitigate this, India’s space agency ISRO will build a special data window for them to provide them timely information about cyclones, coral-reef monitoring, coast-line monitoring etc. through satellite.
  • IRIS will be a part of the India-UK Coalition for Disaster Resilient infrastructure (CDRI).

About CDRI

  • The CDRI is an international coalition of countries, UN agencies, multilateral development banks, the private sector etc. that aim to promote disaster-resilient infrastructure.
  • Its objective is to promote research and knowledge sharing in the fields of infrastructure risk management, standards, financing, and recovery mechanisms.
  • It was launched by the Indian PM Modi at the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit in September 2019.

Focus areas

  • CDRI’s initial focus is on developing disaster-resilience in ecological, social, and economic infrastructure.
  • It aims to achieve substantial changes in member countries’ policy frameworks and future infrastructure investments, along with a major decrease in the economic losses suffered due to disasters.

Try this PYQ:
Q.Consider the following statements:
Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) to Reduce Short Lived Climate Pollutants is a unique initiative of G20 group of countries
The CCAC focuses on methane, black carbon and hydrofluorocarbons.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d) Neither 1 nor 2

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