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Acknowledgments.

This report is the product of a collaborative effort between the World Bank and the Government of India under the overall leadership of the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF). The report has also received significant support from several ministries and agencies of the Government of India; and the state governments of Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Orissa. Special gratitude is extended to the following government officials: Dr. Prodipto Ghosh, Former Secretary, J.M. Mauskar, Additional Secretary, Rajshree Ray, Deputy Secretary, MoEF, Mr. J.C. Saharia, Former Secretary and Dr. K.S. Vatsa, Former Secretary, both from the Department of Rural Development and Water Conservation, Government of Maharashtra (GoM); and Mr. Aurobindo Behera, Principal Secretary, Department of Water Resources, Government of Orissa (GoO). Significant contributions from various representatives from Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), central and state sectoral agencies during meetings and workshops held at various stages of the study and their technical support to the study consultants through data and information, are gratefully acknowledged. This report has received funding from the U.K. Department for International Development (DFID), although the views expressed within do not necessarily reflect official policy.

We would like to especially thank the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) members that participated in the consultative process and guided the design of the study: The TAG members include Dr R. K. Pachauri, The Energy and Resources Institute, Dr. A. Patwardhan, Technology Information Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC), Delhi; Dr. P. K. Aggarwal, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Delhi; Dr. K. S. Kavikumar, Madras School of Economics, Chennai; Dr. Rupa Kohli, Indian Institute for Tropical Meteorology, Pune; Dr. Santosh Kumar, National Institute of Disaster Management, Delhi; Prof. A. K. Gossain. Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi; and Dr. Ajay Mathur, Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Ministry of Power, Delhi. Our gratitude is extended to Dr. David Radcliffe, Senior Rural Livelihoods Advisor from DFID, Government of U.K., for his continuous support to this activity.

The contributions and written comments received from a number of experts deserve special mention and are gratefully acknowledged, especially Dr. K. S. Kavikumar from the Madras School of Economics for detailed comments and advice. Gratitude is also extended for comments, data and inputs from: Dr. Charles Batchelor, Dr. Stephen Foster, Dr. V. P. Dimri and Dr. D. Muralidharan from the National Geophysical Research Institute, Hyderabad; Mr. A. K. Jain and Mr. Pradeep Raj from the Groundwater Department, Government of Andhra Pradesh; Dr. Himanshu Kulkami from the Advanced Centre for Water Resources and Development and Management, Pune; Dr. S. P. Bagde, Groundwater Survey and Development Agency, GoM; and finally, Dr. S. Umarikar, Department of Water Supply and Sanitation, GoM.

The World Bank team was initially led by Bilal Rahill and in the subsequent phase by Richard Damania with Priti Kumar as co-task-team-leader. The team included Suphachol Suphachalasai, Carta Vale and Kumudni Choudhary. Other Bank staff who contributed to the production of this report were Sanjay Pahuja, Ranjan Samantaray, Bela Varma, Rachel Susan Palmer and Vinod Ghosh. Technical background reports were produced by a team of consultants from the Risk Management Solutions India (RMSI) Pvt. Ltd. led by Satya Priya and Murthy Bachu; The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) led by Preety Bhandari and Suruchi Bhadwal with support from Sreeja Nair, Souvik Bhattacharya, Meena Sehgal and Kadambari Anantram; and Pragmatix Research and Advisory Services Pvt. Ltd. led by A. J. James.

Peer reviewers are Gretel Gambarelli, Chandrasekar Govindarajalu and Willem Janssen of the World Bank. Helpful comments and contributions were received from World Bank staff representing several sectors and regions, including Ernesto Sanchez-Triana, Michel Pommier, Siet Meijer, Charles Cormier, Malcolm Jansen, Marti en Van Nieuwkoop and Winston Yu. Special thanks are due to Kseniya Lvovsky and Karin Kemper for detailed and insightful comments on the draft report and for their support. The support and contribution of Robert Watson for his guidance on scoping out the study; and Ian Noble for guiding the overall climate modeling exercise are also acknowledged. Finally, we would like to express our sincere appreciation to Michael Carter, Former Country Director for India, Jeffrey Racki, Former Acting Sector Director, South Asia Environment and Social Development Unit, and Fayez Omar, Senior Manager, India Program, for their overall guidance and support to this activity.

Thanks are due to John Dawson and Allison Russell for their meticulous contributions in editing the report and appendices, respectively.

The opinions presented here and any errors are the sole responsibility of the authors and should not be attributed to the individuals or institutions acknowledged above.
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Title Annotation:Climate Change Impacts in Drought and Flood Affected Areas: Case Studies in India
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