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SHED Science in Humanitarian Emergencies and Disasters 2 by Colin Armstrong


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Presentation at the Consultion Day event about: Scientific and Technical Platforms / Networks: Achievements and Future Goals during the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction GPDRR 2013 in Geneva

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SHED Science in Humanitarian Emergencies and Disasters 2 by Colin Armstrong

  1. 1. SHEDScience in HumanitarianEmergencies and DisastersColin Armstrong
  2. 2. Goals: To improve the use of science advice across UKgovernment in predicting, planning for and responding tointernational, natural hazard based humanitarian disastersObjectives1. To establish a Risk and Horizon Scanning Expert Group(RHEG) to provide forecasts of emerging natural hazard risks2. To develop a mechanism to provide scientific advice to UKgovernment departments in the event of an internationalhumanitarian emergencyCustomersPartners
  3. 3. Major achievements• Relatively new process but rapid implementation• Risk and Horizon Scanning Expert Group(RHEG), chaired by the UK Government ChiefScientific Adviser established• Initial system of horizon scanning, drawing onexisting cross-government information, to identifyemerging international natural hazard risksdeveloped• Scientific advice on international naturalhazard risk now incorporated intogovernment risk assessments•
  4. 4. • Procedures for a Humanitarian EmergencyExpert Group (HEEG) developed• HEEG aims to ensure that coordinated, timelyS&T advice is made available to decisionmakers to support UK response• Mechanism resulted in rapid advice beingprovided following an earthquake in Iran’sBushehr province• Transparency – outputs from RHEG andHEEG published online.Major achievements
  5. 5. • Continue to develop our ability to identify, assess and monitordisaster risk and enhance early warning• Multi-disciplinary and multi-hazard approach – learning from theUK’s Natural Hazard Partnership• How to access other regional/local information and models?Future goals and contribution topost-HFA 2015
  6. 6. Future goals and contribution topost-HFA 2015• Improvements in the way information onhazard and risk is communicated todecision makers and others• Establish a more effective engagementbetween researchers, research usersand research funders within the UK andinternationallyResearchusersFundersResearchers
  7. 7. Synergies / Collaboration• Better intelligence of future risks of extreme events / verification ofthese hazards through the sharing of information with othernetworks and local science partners• Access to global, regional and local expertise• Shared information on research gaps and priorities• Requirement for a coherent understanding of a complex landscape
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