The Understanding Risk Central Asia forum will take place on 26-28 February 2020 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. This knowledge exchange event will bring together representatives of government ministries and national disaster management agencies, disaster risk management experts and practitioners, insurance industry stakeholders, private sector organizations, research institutions, academia, civil society, international organizations, development partners and donors from the five Central Asian countries and from around the world.
UR Central Asia forum will be organized by the World Bank and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) and in partnership with the Center for Emergency Situations and Disaster Risk Reduction (CESDRR) and UNDRR. The Forum is financed by the European Union-funded program “Strengthening Financial Resilience and Accelerating Risk Reduction in Central Asia”, managed by the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR).
Why Understanding Risk Central Asia?
Central Asia is highly exposed to natural hazards. Every year people in this part of the world suffer from earthquakes, floods, droughts, landslides, mudflows, and extreme temperatures. Since 1990, natural disasters affected lives of over 10 million people and caused estimated almost USD 2.5 billion in damages in the region. As a result of climate change, economic growth and urbanization, disaster impacts are becoming more and more frequent and severe.
Promoting understanding for disaster risk will certainly help making Central Asian countries more resilient to disaster and climate risks. UR Central Asia will provide a unique platform for:
- raising awareness of the scale of disaster risks in Central Asia;
- sharing knowledge and promoting innovative approaches in managing disaster risks;
- and, fostering greater regional collaboration.
UR Central Asia forum will also launch the European Union – funded program “Strengthening Financial Resilience and Accelerating Risk Reduction in Central Asia” implemented by the GFDRR/World Bank and UNDRR.
What is Understanding Risk?
Understanding Risk (UR) is a global community of 9,000+ experts and practitioners active in the creation, communication, and use of disaster risk information. Members share knowledge and experience, collaborate, build partnership and discuss innovations and best practice in risk assessment. Founded in 2010, the UR Community was born out of a recognized need for the disaster risk assessment and identification field to cross sector and industry boundaries. The community convenes every two years at UR Forums – five-day events that highlight groundbreaking work, facilitate nontraditional partnerships, and showcase new technical know-how in disaster risk identification.
Past global forums were held in London, Cape Town, Venice, Washington D.C. and Mexico City. In the interim, regional conferences are also held to galvanize localized efforts and build regional capacity in the area of disaster risk assessment. For example, recent regional events in 2018 were held in the Balkans, Tanzania and the Pacific Islands and the Caribbean.
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 The figure is from the EM-DAT International Disaster Database, Université catholique de Louvain (UCL)–CRED, D. Guha-Sapir, Brussels, Belgium, https://www.emdat.be/.