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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

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  1. 1. DRR/CCA and Governments: Where there’s a will, there’s a way...and where there is not a will... 5th International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC 2014 ‘Integrative Risk Management - The role of science, technology & practice‘ • 24-28 August 2014 • Davos • Switzerland www.grforum.org Dr Jason von Meding The University of Newcastle, Australia Coordinator, CIB W120 Disasters and the Built Environment
  2. 2. 5th International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC 2014 ‘Integrative Risk Management - The role of science, technology & practice‘ • 24-28 August 2014 • Davos • Switzerland www.grforum.org Global Context • Virtual consensus in scientific fields • DRR/CCA prominent in high level dialogue • A public that is becoming more aware • HFA/HFA2 and other frameworks and agreements • Various government initiatives
  3. 3. 5th International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC 2014 ‘Integrative Risk Management - The role of science, technology & practice‘ • 24-28 August 2014 • Davos • Switzerland www.grforum.org Meanwhile...in Australia • High level of politicisation, volatile debate • Little public ‘will’ for short-term pain • Policy fragmentation
  4. 4. 5th International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC 2014 ‘Integrative Risk Management - The role of science, technology & practice‘ • 24-28 August 2014 • Davos • Switzerland www.grforum.org Where does responsibility lie? • Who is responsible for DRR/CCA ultimately? • Who will take the risk of implementation? • Who will make the sacrifice? Stephan Lechner: ‘a few people are getting extremely rich...and the risk is borne by society.’ Ortwin Renn: we have a governance deficit where we 'optimise efficiency in potential markets over resilience and equality.'
  5. 5. 5th International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC 2014 ‘Integrative Risk Management - The role of science, technology & practice‘ • 24-28 August 2014 • Davos • Switzerland www.grforum.org What can we do? • Act at the ballot box • Educate the public • Identify and engage key decision-makers • Be positively deviant, understand the system, think divergently
  6. 6. 5th International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC 2014 ‘Integrative Risk Management - The role of science, technology & practice‘ • 24-28 August 2014 • Davos • Switzerland www.grforum.org How? • Can we press non-compliant governments into action? • Our research findings must make an impact • How can we collaborate at global level and use gained legitimacy to challenge entrenched beliefs and behaviours at national level?
  7. 7. 5th International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC 2014 ‘Integrative Risk Management - The role of science, technology & practice‘ • 24-28 August 2014 • Davos • Switzerland www.grforum.org REACT Network Resilience Education Australia-China-Taipei (REACT) Network A $135k collaboration between University of Newcastle, Beijing Normal University (China) and Ming Chuan University (Chinese Taipei). Funding awarded by Australia-China Council.
  8. 8. 5th International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC 2014 ‘Integrative Risk Management - The role of science, technology & practice‘ • 24-28 August 2014 • Davos • Switzerland www.grforum.org Ultimately...will, motive and trust • We call for government, NGO, private sector cooperation in DRR/CCA action...does motive and agenda matter? • Do we simply accept inequality, self-interest and a struggle for power as part of the human condition? • For those who care deeply, how can we best inspire others to care?
  9. 9. THANK YOU ALL FOR CARING 5th International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC 2014 ‘Integrative Risk Management - The role of science, technology & practice‘ • 24-28 August 2014 • Davos • Switzerland www.grforum.org Jason.vonMeding@newcastle.edu.au Twitter @vonmeding Research Group blog http://danddresearch.blogspot.com/

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