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7 Questions on Leadership with Pradeep Mahapatra



Name: Pradeep Mahapatra


Title: Secretary & Co-Founder


Organisation: UDYAMA


Am a development catalyst representing UDYAMA as Secretary & Co-Founder close to three-decades in working front line communities and with various constituents towards Resilient Development. Am having strong exposure in implementation ecosystem services integrating ecology & economy & adaptive research on social, economical, human, environmental capital building and climate adaptation ,DRR and risk informed resilient livelihoods impacting on well being improvement and to lead a better lifestyle . I advocate to influence mainstream development policy towards better interconnected action & adaptation to climate induced disasters & diseases with reference to scaling sustainability for most at-risk communities specifically on Triple Planetary Issues for local action putting people is first with enhanced micro-macro linkages and networking-partnership with a localization process.

Am deeply advocating localize the SDGs and pursuing local action & global networking to towards resilient development, local carbon sequestration , community adaptation with special to the ecosystem services advancement , resilient livelihoods ,protection of local food forest, nutrition, immunity boosting & local biodiversity conservation ,climate justice interconnecting o nature based solutions interconnecting DRR, livelihoods & lifestyle improvement, embedding Education-WASH, circular-economy as Human Development matter. https://www.google.com/search?q=pradeep+mohapatra%2C+udyama&oq=&aqs=chrome.0.69i59l8.106811j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

Under my leadership , a campaign was initiated for mass vaccination in saving the lives of last mile communities in making mass vaccination during COVID for benefit maximization and putting CAB as tool to extend support for minimizing health , climate crisis allied risks during COVID-19 Pandemic in working with front line workers & mainstream health workers with Government.

I have served three year as Multi-stakeholders Advisory Committee Member( MAC)in Sustainable Food Systems (SFS) , that has helped to have a global connectivity to Sustainable Education, Sustainable Housing, Sustainable Tourism, Sustainable Procurement , Sustainable Lifestyle streams of the framework of The One Planet Network under the aegis of Sustainable Consumption & Production (SCP) https://www.oneplanetnetwork.org/sustainable-food-systems/actors.

Am representing UDYAMA to UN ECOSOC, GEF, UNFCCC, UNISDR, GSP,UNEP, UNISDR, UNGlobal Compact, GWP, CHS, Charter4Change , Global Soil Partnership , CIF, CTCN, CANSA, CS4M, Water & climate Coalition, AGWA, in order to maximize the benefit of readiness, preparedness in bringing solutions & innovations in livelihoods & health infrastructure for local peace , harmony and strategy building to minimize Loss & damages as People & Planet matter. Am one of the members for Views from Frontline) And National Focal Point & Member Regional Advisory Groups to GNDR for South Asia & Country Representative for India to EcoClimate Vision for Global South. Accredited Expert to UNHABITAT, Observer UNFCCC,UNCCD, UNEP, Roster-Expert CDKN , ,http://nbsapforum.net/members/pradeep-mahapatra- . https://www.greenclimate.fund/about/partners/observers , www.udyama.org https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:7081324384681922560/

As networking and partnership matters, am triggering local action to minimize climate induced & allied disaster risks in order to deepen governance on water, energy , ecology in continuing with END-WATER-POVERTY , campaign, Sensitize2Sanitize, Green & Clean drive in Commonwealth Games in order to capitalizing mainstream resources impact to livelihoods of small holdings , women collectives in connecting climate-justice through localization process to achieving SDGs. Am a National Focal point of & Regional Advisory Group Member for South Asia for. He is one of the members to WWQA(World Water Quality Alliances under the aegis of UNEP . ,weAdapt ,WOCAT-, ICLEI ,SAMHITA, Global Alliance for Clean Cook Stoves, Roster Life member of Indian Red Cross, Life Member of Indian Institute of Water Soil Conservation, Life Member of Odisha Environment Society , and many https://www.udyama.org : https://youtu.be/gJiTu6jn0zw


Thank you to the 2,000 leaders who’ve generously done the 7 Questions on Leadership!


I hope Pradeep's answers will encourage you in your leadership journey. Enjoy!


Cheers,

Jonno White



1. What have you found most challenging as a leader?


Institution Resilience

Community Livelihoods Resilience

Bringing Innovation to Climate Crisis

Meeting Sustainable Development Goals

undertaking Circular Economy


2. How did you become a leader? Can you please briefly tell the story?


My understanding is that putting Community agenda and people first. I have been trying best to deeply advocating localize the SDGs and pursuing local action & global networking to towards resilient development, local carbon sequestration , community adaptation with special to the ecosystem services advancement , resilient livelihoods ,protection of local food forest, nutrition, immunity boosting & local biodiversity conservation ,climate justice interconnecting o nature based solutions interconnecting DRR, livelihoods & lifestyle improvement, embedding Education-WASH, circular-economy as Human Development matter .


3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?


Doing things differently based on Priority, Important but flexible as am working on Resilience Building towards strengthening and building capacities of local communities towards rejuvenating human, ecological, economical capital & well‐being improvement with a view to enhancing adaptation to vulnerability and changing the culture of self‐reliance in harnessing resource base, blending with traditional and improved technology transformation, with well articulated development communication with inclusion, innovations incubations.


4. What's a recent leadership lesson you've learned for the first time or been reminded of?


Links to the broader view of poverty and poverty alleviation that goes beyond just income poverty to include

empowerment, capability and health etc.

• Highlights the crucial role of ‘local context’ (especially vulnerability context) – and how this influences the asset base, the

selection of livelihood strategies, and the outcomes for households.

• Gives space to local perspectives ‐ categorize the strategies that make up their livelihoods.

• Build on what exists ‐ a multidimensional, integrated perspective that unites the concepts of economic development, reduced vulnerability and environmental sustainability


5. What's one book that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?



6. If you could only give one piece of advice to a young leader, what would you say to them?


Act towards system changes. because risks are more systemic and producing further more deadly disastrous.


7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader, so far?


2030 Global Goals , SDGs & Triple Planetary Crisis be able to be addressed by Networking , Partnership & Readiness for Local Actions for sustainable communities with Consorted Collective Action, Influencing Policy Advocacy, Adaptive Research on Environment, Diversity, Gender, Innovation, Inclusion & Sustainability for Localization

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