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5th International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC 2014 Integrative Risk Management - The role of science, technology & practice 24-28 August 2014 in Davos, Switzerland

5th International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC 2014 Integrative Risk Management - The role of science, technology & practice 24-28 August 2014 in Davos, Switzerland

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  • 1. Rüdiger Klein, Executive Director, IRDR RADI - Chinese Academy of Sciences IDRC V – Davos - 9 August 2014
  • 2. IRDR co-sponsored by ICSU – ISSC – UNISDR hosted at RADI (Chinese Academy of Sciences) through CAST & MOST I IRDR bodies and networks: incl. Core and Collaborative Projects, Fellows Networks, National and Regional Committees, International Centres of Excellence, global secretariat and Science Committee. Research Foci: - AIRDR: Assessing and making useable the integrated science of DRR - DATA: Characterising natural hazards and socio-economic losses as constitutive for disasters (connecting relevant datasets) - FORIN: Exploring root causes of disasters and refining in-depth analysis of vulnerabilities (combining all fields of science & practice) - RIA: Improving understanding of the practices of risk interpretation, and communication, and of processes that can enhance the use of useable knowledge in Integrated Disaster Risk Science
  • 3. IRDR Conference 2014 Parameters Objectives: Take stock of IRDR research advances, capacity building and enhance links with related research, action & policy initiatives • Shared sessions in situ with related programmes: World Landslide Forum; FutureEarth; Big Data Symposium • Twice the number and much more diverse profiles of participants compared to 2011 conference • Strong intersectorial mix (incl. parliamentarians, NGO’s, private sector, public admin.) • Global representation (incl. new cohort of early career scientists: CAS, TWAS, ICSU, ISSC fellows etc) • Overwhelmingly interdisciplinary presentations: socio-economic, cultural, natural, engineering, health sciences • Multiple offers for special issues from impact journals
  • 4. Call for IRDR papers produced rich mix of sessions : • Translating science into action • Assessing risk • Community disaster reduction • Risk Interpretation and Action (RIA) • Empowering Local Officials • Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development • Integrated Risk Sciences • Forensic Investigations of Disasters (FORIN) • Risk Reduction Planning • The Role of Science in the 2015 Agenda • Water and Disasters • Science and National Politics IRDR Conference 2014 Integrated Disaster Risk Science: A Tool for Sustainability Beijing, China, 7-9 June 2014 • Indigenous and Vulnerable Populations • Capacity Building • Science and the Post 2015 agenda • Risk Indexing • The gap between disaster knowledge, policy and practice • Data and technology • Science and the Media • Resiliency and Reconstruction • Communications and the Media • Meteorological issues • Disaster risk and space technology • Data for Disaster Risk Science
  • 5. World Social Science RIA Fellows invited (following a seminar held in New Zealand in 2013) to identify cross-cutting debates, to help shape future research and action agendas for integrated approaches / building bridges IRDR Conference 2014 Integrated Disaster Risk Science: A Tool for Sustainability Beijing, China, 7-9 June 2014
  • 6. Key emerging (and recurring) themes • Different types of knowledge • Risk assessment / indexing • Water • Science, decision making and communication • Science and Uncertainty • Data and Technology • Importance of scale: time, geographic, scope • Government, policy and planning • Political drivers for science • Local communities • Risk reduction, mitigation and planning • Relocation / reconstruction / recovery • National, international networks • Education • Media Integrated approaches needed to bridge gaps between - Scientific fields and datasets - Science, policy and practice - Diverse knowledge domains - Different geographic and governance levels
  • 7. Integrating different types of knowledge in DRR planning and implementation • How to co-produce effective and actionable insights with science and local / indigenous knowledge (incl. gendered approaches)? Integrated risk assessments / indexes / maps • How to achieve holistic risk assessments that include social vulnerability indices at high resolution (such as sub-national, local, community levels) ? IRDR Conference 2014 Integrated Disaster Risk Science: A Tool for Sustainability Beijing, China, 7-9 June 2014
  • 8. Integrating sustainability and disaster risk awareness: water • How to best translate the understanding of dynamics in environmental degradation, demography and other socio-economic factors into effective risk governance dealing with primary and secondary hazards (water, drought and floods, food security, migration and megacities) IRDR Conference 2014 Integrated Disaster Risk Science: A Tool for Sustainability Beijing, China, 7-9 June 2014
  • 9. Integrated risk science, decision making and communication • How can narratives, data sets and models better reflect and respond to the concerns of end-users, stakeholders, policy-makers (incl. translatable terminology)? Integrated risk science facing uncertainty • How to build an ethics of risk interpretation and communication (transparency of process and data)? Integrating data sets and new technologies • How to optimise costs and practices of making compatible and sharable the growing bodies of DRR-relevant, but unconnected datasets, all of diverse provenance and authority? IRDR Conference 2014 Integrated Disaster Risk Science: A Tool for Sustainability Beijing, China, 7-9 June 2014
  • 10. Integrating scales for DRR: time, geography, scope • How to reconcile higher degrees of uncertainty and lower information granularity in long-term and supra-local approaches with needs of accurate, localised predictions and prevention (costs, governance of planning and decision-making, responsibilities for resilience and recovery) Integrating levels of government, policy-making and planning • How to best interconnect different geographic domains of knowledge (global, national, local etc) to impact policy-making and planning at all levels (use of case studies, narratives, emotions, informal networks etc)? IRDR Conference 2014 Integrated Disaster Risk Science: A Tool for Sustainability Beijing, China, 7-9 June 2014
  • 11. Integrating knowledge about political drivers for science • How to better factor in the political pressures resulting from disaster events that affect the science – policy - community interface (incl. controversies surrounding scientific policy advice)? Integrating local communities into DRR methodologies • How to leverage the localised nature of disasters to empower communities for resilience-building measures that reflect and draw strength from cultural norms, and improve early warning systems (citizen science)? IRDR Conference 2014 Integrated Disaster Risk Science: A Tool for Sustainability Beijing, China, 7-9 June 2014
  • 12. Integrating risk reduction, mitigation and planning • How to best move from managing disasters to managing risks (complex notion of cost-effectiveness and of preventive priority-setting in multi-risk environments: extreme events vs. frequent, small-scale, slow-onset)? Integrating risks and opportunities into recovery planning • How can recovery become an opportunity for positive social change in risk awareness (ex.: framing relocation plans by including socio-economic context and history)? Integrating communities of practice • How best to harness formal and informal peer networks among scientists, communities, businesses, policy-/ law- /decision-makers, at all levels (local, national, internat.) for advisory purposes and transformative DRM practices? IRDR Conference 2014 Integrated Disaster Risk Science: A Tool for Sustainability Beijing, China, 7-9 June 2014
  • 13. Integrative approaches to education • How to enhance DRR literacy among present and future citizens and decision-makers (community approach, involving and creating local DRR knowledge; capacity building, at all levels from pre-school to higher education; professionalization: specific skills training) Integrating the Media into DRR strategies • How best to use the power of the media to enhance DRR awareness (highlight political obligations; translate science for citizens; involve in prevention debate and emergency planning)? IRDR Conference 2014 Integrated Disaster Risk Science: A Tool for Sustainability Beijing, China, 7-9 June 2014
  • 14. Integrated approaches towards useful, useable & used DRR science: • Advance integrated risk management at all levels, local through to global • Promote best practice and tools to support integrated collaborations • Advocate participatory / inclusive / co-responsible approaches of all sectors and actors (incl. Sci &Tech); • Expand community engagement (knowledge co-production; capacity building; case studies) UNISDR STAG and IRDR Conference call for success stories
  • 15. IRDR Conference debates London Statement: An International Scientific Advisory Mechanism on Disaster Risk Reduction to Strengthen Resilience IRDR Conference 2014 Integrated Disaster Risk Science: A Tool for Sustainability Beijing, China, 7-9 June 2014
  • 16. The “London statement” suggests • producing periodic reports on current and future disaster risks and on efforts to manage such risks at global, regional, national and local scales. • monitoring progress toward internationally-agreed targets for reducing disaster losses and building resilience to disasters. • providing guidance on terminology, methodologies and standards for risk assessments, risk modelling, taxonomies and the use of data. • convening stakeholders to identify and address demands for scientific research, information and evidence on disaster risk and resilience. • enhancing the communication of complex scientific information and evidence to support the decision-making of policy makers and other stakeholders. IRDR Conference 2014 Integrated Disaster Risk Science: A Tool for Sustainability Beijing, China, 7-9 June 2014
  • 17. IRDR Conference 2014: Integrating DRR into SDG and CCA processes March 2015: post-2015 framework for (HFA 2) Sept. 2015: Sustainable development goals Dec. 2015: Climate change agreements through (UNFCCC) IRDR Conference 2014 Integrated Disaster Risk Science: A Tool for Sustainability Beijing, China, 7-9 June 2014
  • 18. DRR, SDG’s and Climate Change Adaptation Achievements: • DRR embedded in IPCC process (SREX Report 2012) • ICSU-IRDR pioneering role in UN Open Working Group “Sustainable Development Goals” (2013/2014) • ICSU-IRDR lead Major Group Science & Technology (2014) during preparatory phase / Geneva PrepCom’s for Sendai: link DRR – SDG – CCA included in Plenary Statement Challenges: • Need to better articulate DRR among mitigating strategies in SDG language and documents (e.g.: emphasis on systems of education and health care) • Achieve better recognition of HFA (& HFA2) among the global partnerships for sustainable development
  • 19. Preview: IRDR Japan / Tokyo Conference on International Study for Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience, Jan.2015 Objectives: • Take stock of / review research agenda of integrated approaches to DRR (incl.: search for root causes; quest for resilience) • Articulate role of S&T under HFA2 • Also: promote inclusion of S&T informed DRR / prevention approaches as part long-term development investments Opportunities: • Showcase relevance of S&T in strengthening DRR policies (incl. for advice, assessments, benchmarking, monitoring) • Still time to register: http://monsoon.t.u- Tokyo.ac.jp/AWCI/TokyoSDRRR_Jan2014.index.htm
  • 20. Preview: IRDR Consultative Fora and Networking 2014/2015 Objectives: • Establish sustained dialogue with all stakeholders and UN(ISDR) Major Groups on role of S&T in advancing DRR (incl.: search for root causes; quest for resilience) • Translate principles on role of S&T into concrete actions under HFA2 (joint commitments?) Opportunities: • Express interest well before end of PrepCom process (planned pre-meeting on Monday, 29 Sept., Paris) • Partner for joint public fora at Sendai (deadline!) contact@irdrinternational.org