Do we need champions to understand disaster risk?
In this event we aim to show how scientific collaboration and investments in innovation and research are fundamental to understand Disaster Risk and thus are essential components of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management. We will bring risk champions to the stage, to share their experience and show the difference they made, often using a bottom up approach, by bringing innovation and collaboration into the process of risk understanding. We will bring their supporters to the stage, i.e. the users of the improved risk information, to explain what was gained using innovation in disaster management practices.
The initial part of the event will include “champions” showing innovation in different sectors and case studies, among which:
- How regional collaboration can be organized for the provision of “standardized” situational awareness information to institutional users (the ARISTOTLE project experience)
- How open access data infrastructures are fundamental components of risk prevention (the EPOS Research Infrastructure)
- How technological and process innovation can lead to better flood protection and can open the market to new risk financing products (the CIMA EDRIFT project in Myanmar)
- How a global network of “champion” sites (Supersites), fostering open collaboration among developed and less developed countries, can improve hazard assessment and monitoring (the GEO – Geohazard Supersites initiative)
- How a government can exploit state of the art scientific information in disaster response (the Iceland Civil Protection experience)
- How global collaboration and open science can support hazard and risk assessment in the second poorest country in the world (the Goma Volcano Observatory experience)
The audience will constantly be engaged in discussions with the speakers. In the second part of the event we plan to run an exercise by which the attendees can identify and propose a “champion” for their country/risk context by proposing ideas based on process, technological, communication or social innovation actions.
Organizer: GEO Geohazard Supersites and Natural Laboratory initiative (GSNL)