Acting early before disasters: What can go wrong?

October 28, 2020 3:29 pm Published by Leave a comment


Acting early before disasters: What can go wrong?

Organizer: Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre

The evidence is irrefutable: Humor can help improve communication, build relationships, enhance problem solving, increase productivity, and strengthen leadership. Because our work requires creative learning and dialogue, the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre has been working with partners to explore humor as an unconventional approach to enable difficult conversations about systems, focusing on what can go wrong and what to do about it. In this session we will explore in a unconventional (and fun) way what can go wrong when Acting Early before disasters.

Stefania Giodini, Operations Lead 510 Data Team/ Consultant at RCRC Climate Centre

Understanding risk through games: An up close and intimate session

October 28, 2020 2:48 pm Published by Leave a comment


Understanding risk through games: An up close and intimate session

Organizer: Earth Observatory of Singapore

Join the Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS) in this interactive session and play the actual card / board games virtually. You will get into discussion with your teammates and make decisions that will direct the fate of your own or the people around you.

Jianhong Kuang, Senior Scientific Officer
Lauriane Chardot, Earth Science Specialist

Disaster Risk Reduction in Rohingya Camps in Bangladesh: Enacting a relational model of risk communication

October 28, 2020 2:46 pm Published by Leave a comment


Disaster Risk Reduction in Rohingya Camps in Bangladesh: Enacting a relational model of risk communication

Organizer: New York University; Bangladesh Cyclone Preparedness Programme (CPP); UN Women, Bangladesh Red Crescent/American Red Cross/IFRC in Bangladesh; Bangladesh Disaster Preparedness Centre; The World Bank

The panel will take up different dimensions of work surrounding risk communication and disaster risk reduction with the Rohingya settlers in Bangladesh. CPP (Cyclone Preparedness Programme) will take up the challenge of institutionalizing an EWS (early warning system) in a place where there are no institutions to start with. BDRCS/American Red Cross/IFRC in Bangladesh will take up the special theme of risk communication in the Rohingya camp and bridging language challenges. UN Women looks at how women’s empowerment can transform disaster risk reduction. The World Bank discusses the role of infrastructure in resilience. At the same time, this will be an occasion to look back at the CPP model, as it celebrates its 50th anniversary. BDPC (Bangladesh Disaster Preparedness Centre) will talk about their particular brand of community-based DRP work, in cyclone shelters and in the Rohingya camps. NYU (New York University) will talk about the relational model of risk communication that influences the work described, which is based on each participant becoming a risk communicator herself/himself.

Ahmadul Haque, Director, Cyclone Preparedness Programme (Bangladesh)
Raul Lejano, Professor, New York University
Hasanul Amin, Deputy Director, Cyclone Preparedness Programme (Bangladesh)
Dilruba Haider, DRR Programme Specialist, UN Women
Achala Navaratne, Country Representative, American Red Cross
Muhammad Saidur Rahman, Director, Bangladesh Disaster Preparedness Programme
Swarna Kazi, Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist, The World Bank

Developing a policy framework for investment in disaster resilience

October 28, 2020 2:19 pm Published by Leave a comment


Developing a policy framework for investment in disaster resilience

Thursday, Dec 03, UTC 04:00 to 04:55

Organizer: Deloitte Access Economics

Deloitte Access Economics has explored the costs of natural disasters and associated policy implications in Australia since 2013. Our research advocates for practical solutions to increase resilience, such as incorporating resilience into investment decisions and identifying opportunities for greater coordination between governments, businesses and communities in managing pre-disaster resilience. In particular, we have been involved in researching and analysing the impact of natural disasters in Australia through the partnership with the Australian Business Roundtable for Disaster Resilience and Safer Communities, a mix of private and community sector organisations, annually since 2013. We have also completed applied work with various Government bodies, such as the Queensland Reconstruction Authority to estimate the economic and social cost of particular natural disasters, and economic and social impact advice for State Governments.

Tsunami of New Dreams: Filming survival

October 28, 2020 2:17 pm Published by Leave a comment


Tsunami of New Dreams: Filming survivals

Organizer:, ICAIOS International Centre for Aceh and Indian Ocean Studies, Prince Sultan University

The producers and film director discuss the process of crafting a story of disaster recovery, future preparedness, and a unique example of stakeholder collaboration. This new documentary feature film focuses on the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami as it happened in the city of Banda Aceh, Indonesia. Select clips from the movie and behind-the scenes will be shown with Q&A throughout the presentation.

Isaac Kerlow, Director/Producer, art-science-media
Saiful Mahdi, Senior Researcher and Professor, ICAIOS
Yenny Rahmayati, Assistant Professor, Prince Sultan University

Forming radical collaborations to address climate and disaster risk: The Understanding Risk Field Lab

October 28, 2020 2:15 pm Published by Leave a comment


Forming radical collaborations to address climate and disaster risk: The Understanding Risk Field Lab

Organizer: Co-Risk Labs, Earth Observatory of Singapore, Arup, University of Toronto

As an all-of-society challenge, addressing climate and disaster risk issues will require diverse participation and collaboration across boundaries of all sorts, whether they be disciplinary, national, professional, cultural, age, etc. Yet forming effective collaborations across these diverse boundaries is difficult and rare. With the support of the Understanding Risk community and World Bank Disaster Risk Financing and Insurance (DRFI) program, we organized a radical “unconference” event, the Understanding Risk Field Lab, which took place over four weeks in June 2019. During this time over 150 artists, scientists, engineers, designers, software developers, cartographers, non-profit staff, university researchers, government officials, and citizens gathered in Chiang Mai, Thailand to work together on projects related to urban flooding. The event’s schedule and organization was emergent and driven by attendees, with only three simple rules for participation: (1) Make something, (2) Document it, and (3) Contribute to the community. Together over this period, participants produced a body of work that included gallery-quality art, machine learning algorithms, aerial imagery, policy notes, maps created in collaboration with residents of the city, high tech ways of communicating flood risk, and experimental writing forms. More information including snapshots of outcomes can be found on the event website: During this session, organizers and participants of the UR Field Lab will showcase the process and results of the month-long unconference, answer questions about cross-disciplinary collaboration, and launch a new toolkit for designing such an unconference event. The toolkit can be found here: this session, we will share information about the Understanding Risk Field Lab, its structure and outcomes. We will also share with the audiance a toolkit for how to organise your own Field Lab. Panelists will consist of organisers of the event along with some of the people who participated in it.

David Lallemant, Assistant Professor
Karen Barns, Senior Risk and Resilience Consultant
Perrine Hamel, Assistant Professor
Robert Soden, Assistant Professor
Rebecca Bicksler, Consultant

Who’s missing information? Towards inclusive risk communication

October 28, 2020 2:12 pm Published by Leave a comment


Who’s missing information? Towards inclusive risk communication

Organizer: The World Bank South Asia Climate and Disaster Risk Management Unit, Social Development Unit, & GFDRR Labs team; Ministry of Public Administration and Disaster Management, Sri Lanka; Google; California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services; and City of New Orleans

What makes some information more helpful than others in encouraging people with different abilities and needs (e.g., disabilities, gender, age, literacy, cultural/ethnic backgrounds, etc) to take necessary risk mitigation actions before, during, and after a disaster? This session will discuss how to make early warning information accessible to ‘all’ to ensure vulnerable groups have enough time and support to evacuate. The session will focus on inclusive approaches towards risk communication, highlighting global examples that address the different physical, visual or audio needs of individuals. The panel will consist of government practitioners, a private tech firm and thematic experts.

Abhas Jha, Practice Manager, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management, South Asia Region, The World Bank
Vladimir Tsirkunov, Lead Specialist, The World Bank
Sarah Babcock, Director of Policy and Communications, New Orleans Health Department, City of New Orleans
Vance Taylor, Chief, Office of Access and Functional Needs, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services
General S. Ranasinghe, Additional Secretary, Disaster Management Division, State Ministry of Internal Security, Home Affairs and Disaster Management, Sri Lanka
Robin Mearns, Practice Manager, Social Development, South Asia Region, The World Bank
Lia Lopes, Technical Program Manager for Accessibility Engineering in Google Research.

Fast-moving wildfires: Why, where and when?

October 28, 2020 2:10 pm Published by Leave a comment


Fast-moving wildfires: Why, where and when?

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

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.

Geo-powering Cities for Resilience

October 28, 2020 2:08 pm Published by Leave a comment


Geo-powering Cities for Resilience

Organizer: World Bank’s City Planning Labs

This session is part of the Development & Climate Days. The urban data revolution has already started. Over the last decade, cities have been offered unprecedented opportunities to mobilize geospatial data to enhance livability and reduce vulnerability through risk-informed decision making. Data is helping cities prioritize investments to build resilient cities and to boost sustainable development. But truly geo-powering cities involves not only the use of geospatial data, but ensuring that data turns into information and decision makers have the capacity and tools to make evidence-based decisions. This requires moving away from sectoral egos and towards an ecosystem approach where the identification of risks and solutions is done in a collaborative manner; and innovation, technology, capacity, and regulation work together to strengthen evidence-based spatial planning, increasing resilience in the system. This approach is being promoted by the World Bank’s City Planning Labs (CPL) technical assistance initiative to geo-power client governments through Municipal Spatial Data Infrastructure (MSDI). MSDI is operationalized under four interconnected pillars: Institutional Arrangements, People, Data and Systems, or IPDS in short. Participants will learn how MSDI’s four pillar framework and its associated tools offer a unique solution for institutionalizing resilient urban planning and management through enhanced inter-agency collaboration, robust data foundations, cutting edge risks analytical tools and digital platforms developed under CPL. The session includes a global panel of experts to discuss how they’ve successfully operationalized SDI. Participants will learn about three agile urban planning tools to advance, sustainable, and resilient urban development. Suitability uses multicriteria analysis to create heat maps of access to urban services within minutes or find optimal locations for a specific activity within a city. Urban Performance assesses the city’s present and future performance by creating multiple growth scenarios that include investment projects, public policies and land regulations. The results are evaluated in a set of indicators related to the Sustainable Development Goals. CollabData is a robust digital platform that captures needs, challenges and ground realities of the communities, strengthens public consultations and simplifies the analysis of collected data with powerful visualizations.

Gayatri Singh, Senior Urban Development Specialist at World Bank Group
Ricardo Ochoa, Project Coordinator at CAPSUS
Carmen Valdez, Project Coordinator at CAPSUS
Marcelle Hattingh, Director: Corporate Geo-Informatics at the City of Johannesburg
Lim Liyang, Deputy Director at Singapore Land Authority

Risk-informed development planning in Bangladesh

October 28, 2020 2:03 pm Published by Leave a comment


Risk-informed development planning in Bangladesh

Organizer:  National Resilience Programme (Programming Division Part), Bangladesh Planning Commission

Although Bangladesh has made significant progress in disaster risk management, the country is still at risk of growing loss and damage due to disaster and climate stresses. Limitations are found in incorporating disaster and climate change risks in all stages of development planning. In this context, the National Resilience Programme (NRP) is designed to provide strategic support to public and private sector for building resilience in line with Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the SDGs in coordination with four key government agencies of Bangladesh. The Programming Division part is establishing risk information platform and developing ex-ante disaster impact assessment tool for disaster and climate change risk screening of Annual Development Programme.
In addition, the Programming Division is providing support to private sector in developing strategies for supply chain resilience, piloting business continuity plan and generating knowledge capital for resilient business practices in the country.
This demand-driven programme is building on and strengthening existing government and private sector mechanisms through strong partnership with bi-lateral development partners and UNDP. It is expected that the National Resilience Programme will promote long-term sustainability as well as national and local ownership of programme interventions and gender responsive resilience more broadly. This event will share lessons as well as best practices on mainstreaming disaster and climate risks into national development planning process, could be beneficial for other developing/LDC countries.

Nurun Nuhar, Joint Chief, Planning Commission and Project Director – NRP