Using “adaptation technologies” to improve policy and planning at national level

November 10, 2020 4:40 pm Published by Leave a comment

  

Using “adaptation technologies” to improve policy and planning at national level

Wednesday, Dec 02, UTC 11:00 to 12:55

Organizer: Practical Action / IIED

There is no dispute that developing countries need to adapt to climate change but there is a huge gap in implementation. Policy makers need practical ways of enabling and promoting adaptation. Community based adaptation and their innovation and use of knowledge and resources can be a way to achieve adaptation at scale. This session will look at how community-based innovation and implementation of ‘adaptation technologies’ could improve the impact of national policy and planning. The discussion will include how the ‘business case’ is built for government to invest in certain adaptation technologies and/or create the enabling environment for uptake of other adaptation technologies – e.g. smart subsidies, PPPs and incentives. It will also explore the fact that uptake requires technologies to be viable, so evidence and examples of relevant ‘business models’ are also needed.


Systems Approach to Flood Forecasting Putting the pieces together

November 10, 2020 11:24 am Published by Leave a comment

  

Systems Approach to Flood Forecasting Putting the pieces together

Wednesday, Dec 02, UTC 04:00 to 04:55

Organizer: RMSI

Floods have become one of the most frequent occurring natural disasters. It causes huge loses to economy of a country by damaging assets, infrastructures, crops, live stocks, etc. A large number of populations are affected by floods almost every year. Future climatic scenarios have projected an increase in frequency and intensity of rainfall globally. Therefore, flood events are expected to increase further due to increasing trend of high intensity rainfall i.e. floods with higher frequency and magnitude are expected in future.
Flood forecasting is considered one of the efficient ways for mitigation flood risks. Flood forecasting models helps in predicting the flood in advance with adequate lead time so that the concerned officials and authorities gets sufficient time for effective planning and evacuation of people from area, which are likely to be inundated. Broadly, operation of a flood forecasting model includes 3 components: (i) Data collection and transmission, (ii) Hydrological and Hydraulic modelling, and (iii) Dissemination of Information to the User. There is need to understand and improve each component for accurate flood forecasting for the area of interest.


SSTL x The World Bank HADR Challenge Pitching Session

November 10, 2020 11:20 am Published by Leave a comment

  

SSTL x The World Bank HADR Challenge Pitching Session

Thursday, Dec 03, UTC 11:00 to 11:55

Organizer: Singapore Space and Technology Limited (SSTL), Southeast Asia Disaster Risk Insurance Facility (SEADRIF)

Pitching session of 5 HADR Challenge finalists


Fast-Moving Wildfires: Why, Where and When?

November 10, 2020 11:17 am Published by Leave a comment

  

Fast-Moving Wildfires: Why, Where and When?

Thursday, Dec 03, UTC 15:00 to 15:55

Organizer: FM Global

In recent years, fast moving wildfires have claimed lives in Asia, Europe and North America. These fires move much faster than current models predict and overwhelm communities and emergency response measures. They are not unique to any one geography and pose the potential of increasing in severity and frequency. Current scientific investigations indicate these fires are driven by dry and windy climate conditions but also are associated with tight coupling to the atmosphere and topology.

In this session, experts from a diverse group of stakeholders will assess these challenges by considering a number of scenarios relevant to different regions. The attendees will be engaged in case evolution and response designed to provoke thinking that allows the group to better understand the risk of these events and potentially start developing effective means for prevention and response to protect lives, economy, and the environment.


The Power of Grassroots Voices to Shape Effective Climate Policy

November 10, 2020 11:12 am Published by Leave a comment

  

The Power of Grassroots Voices to Shape Effective Climate Policy

Wednesday, Dec 02, UTC 15:00 to 16:55

Organizer: Huairou Commission + SlumDwellers International / IIED *this session is part of the Development & Climate Days

Grassroots organizations represent poor communities living and working in rural, urban peri-urban and indigenous settlements. Their lives are characterized by fluctuating, unstable incomes, food insecurity, inadequate shelter and poor access to basic services. These communities are worst impacted by disasters and climate change and are usually excluded from public planning and decision making processes. Despite their adverse circumstances, grassroots women’s networks, urban poor networks, slum dwellers, farmers federations are devising innovative resilience-building strategies – leveraging these along with their expanding constituencies to claim public recognition and resources. Grassroots organisations have a distinct and critical role in advancing social change, specifically in the area of community resilience to climate change.

This session will showcase grassroots organisations’ experiences and insights gained from developing innovative and effective climate resilience strategies, solutions, and policies. It will also discuss the actual and potential impact of partnerships between other urban stakeholders, such as development agencies and multilaterals, and grassroots movements in channeling resources and institutionalising effective policies at scale.

It will explore how grassroots movements and decision makers engage with and learn from one another to formulate and implement policies and programs that are responsive to the priorities of those historically marginalized from public planning processes. The session will focus on grassroots engagement with local and national stakeholders, reflecting on strategies to build trust and partnership with the government and other decision makers, and making a case for the inclusion of grassroots voices in shaping policies through the experience shared by multilateral organisations.

The session will showcase the leadership and insights from seasoned grassroots leaders in community resilience, highlighting the distinct roles, tools and impacts of their movements to build community resilience from the ground up. Urban and rural grassroots leaders will share experiences of utilising decentralised policies and programs to address community needs by influencing local government plans and decisions. Key discussants representing international and multilateral organisations will share their insights and experiences on the impact of partnerships with social movements for their institutions and the need for such agencies, government and private sector to meaningfully engage grassroots organizations in policy and decision making.


Disaster risk and resilience: Understanding perceptions, exploring possibilities Lessons to be learnt from the curious way of life

November 7, 2020 2:41 pm Published by Leave a comment

Date and Time: Wednesday Dec 02, UTC 02:00 to 02:55

Organizer: Confederation of Risk Reduction Professionals (CRRP), Risk & Resilience Institute (RRI)

What is disaster risk? Should disaster risk reduction strategies be designed based on the definition that ‘we’, the intellects and the academicians, understand? What about the perception that a community has of its disaster risk? Shouldn’t that be accounted for? But are we aware of the varied and contradictory perceptions of disaster risk? Floods, for us may be a hazard, an extreme event, but there are communities to whom flood is a blessing. How do we propose to manage disaster risks in such communities?
This session would take the audiences through a journey – a journey across the state of Assam in India, exploring undocumented cases, in form of stories, of adaptation, preparedness and resilience. We often tend to ignore the power of indigenous practices, traditional knowledge and rely heavily on science and technology – these stories would prove otherwise. The stories would portray how the rural communities are more ‘risk literate’ and ‘risk savvy’ than the population with access to plethora of tools.

The COVID-19 pandemic has ensured that we do not get to go back to our usual lives. However, this is no excuse to refrain from engaging with communities. In such times, how do you go about it? How do you indulge and interact with people to understand their perceptions and perspectives, how do you nudge individuals of a community to think about the root cause of their problems?
The second half of the session would take the audiences through an experience of community engagement, limited within the restrictions imposed by various protocols of COVID-19, with an agenda to understand how the urban crowd perceive development? Do they blame risk-un-informed planning and development as a factor causing issues like urban floods? The session would present a framework for engagement with stakeholders or community, stimulating them to analyse their exposures and vulnerabilities, develop an understanding of disaster risk and think about addressing it in some way.

The session would be an outcome of 3 month long project carried out by CRRP and RRI, with support from ICCROM, during the period of COVID-19 imposed lockdown. The project has been executed completely by youth and young professionals, all below the age of 30, and therefore the lingo of communication of science and risk is at par with the contemporary vernacular of our society, especially India.

Operational flood damage assessment using SAR data

November 7, 2020 9:40 am Published by Leave a comment

  

Operational flood damage assessment using SAR data

Wednesday, Dec 02, UTC 02:00 to 02:55

Organizer: Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand

Floods are part of a natural phenomenon which is regarded as a persistent hazard, causing negative socioeconomic impacts, i.e. significant damages to lives, livelihoods, and infrastructure. Therefore, flood management has gained more attention recently. Lack of time-effective and correct analysis of damage is major constraint for post disaster management. In many countries, Government have policy to give compensation rates for housing and agricultural loss but to implement this policy, there must be a reliable mechanism or approach to estimate damage. The government had highlighted the need to adopt remote sensing technology and tools as part of strategy in fighting against the menace of floods and many governments provides services too. However in the services, flood intensity considerations of depth, duration, velocity etc. have not been taken into account. In absence of flood depth and duration maps, optimal commitment of mitigation resources for micro level can’t be guaranteed. This hands on session will avail participants to estimate habitat and agricultural damage from polarimetric SAR data. We will be only be using SAR data for mapping, modelling and validation in freely available software and Google Earth Engine.


Putting resilience in place: Learn to apply cloud AI disruptive geospatial technologies people will use for decision making

October 29, 2020 11:18 am Published by Leave a comment

  

Putting resilience in place: Learn to apply cloud AI disruptive geospatial technologies people will use for decision making

Thursday, Dec 3, UTC 15:00 to 15:55

Organizer: Mapbox, Microsoft AI for Good, Planet, World Bank

A new generation of converging geospatial, cloud, AI, and big data technologies now provide fresh opportunities to improve public sector decision making towards resilience a range of country settings, ranging from advanced Singapore, emerging mega-cities, to fragile and conflict affected settings at national and sub-national levels. The sessions will familiarize participants with the transformative impact that successfully designed and implemented user-centric digital platforms-tools can deliver for spatial decision-making and risk management. The focus will be on highlights public sector governance applications concerned with strategic planning and zoning, budgeting, delivery, and feedback for better living environments and resilient infrastructure. We will illustrate a set of use-cases in terms of they were interesting? How and where applied? Highlights include new “user-in the loop” AI tools for capturing land use cover, road network infrastructure, and risk exposure for local government users.


So what if you have data? Conversations with humanitarian decision-makers on user-centric design and data-driven approaches to flood risk reduction

October 29, 2020 11:17 am Published by Leave a comment

  

So what if you have data? Conversations with humanitarian decision-makers on user-centric design and data-driven approaches to flood risk reduction

Thursday, Dec 3, UTC 17:00 to 17:55

Organizer: United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Cloud to Street, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, and International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) – Columbia University

The ability to build climate hazard monitoring products has increased thanks to an increase in the availability of satellite data, the internet of things, other big data and the technology to analyze it. However, the ability to interpret and to ultimately use this data to measure risk and impact on vulnerable populations remains a significant challenge. For example, in 2019, Cyclone Idai devastated Mozambique, creating almost as much damage as a cyclone in 2000 of the same magnitude. Clearly, nearly 20 years of scientific advancements and development had not reduced the risk of the country.

Creating effective systems for decisions-makers requires a new interdisciplinary, user-centric research approach that prioritizes gathering a deep understanding of the decision-making and risk assessment process on the ground, and utilizing this knowledge to inform how data is shared.


Heatwaves in an urbanising world: Exposing the silent killer

October 29, 2020 11:15 am Published by Leave a comment

  

Heatwaves in an urbanising world: Exposing the silent killer

Thursday, Dec 3, UTC 17:00 to 17:55

Organizer: Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre

Heatwaves are surprisingly deadly, killing thousands of people every year… that we know of. There are probably many more deaths that aren’t counted, especially in places where it’s hot all year. The science is also clear: heatwaves are already getting worse because of climate change. But, it’s not all doom and gloom. We can forecast heatwaves days or weeks in advance and take action to reduce the risk of death or illness.