Ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction and community resilience in India: a cost-benefit and equity analysis

This study evaluates the economic efficiency of the interventions in India using a Cost-Benefit Analysis to compare implementation costs with observed and future benefits. It also performs an equity assessment, examining the distribution of benefits among the people affected by the intervention with a particular focus on women, children and vulnerable socio-economic groups. Although there is some evidence that strengthening ecosystem services is a cost-efficient approach to address certain natural hazards, more research is needed to assess the economic efficiency and equity of Eco-DRR activities in strengthening community resilience. The aim of this study is to contribute to this growing literature.