Understanding Risk (UR) BC 2020 is a collaborative symposium that will foster place-based risk reduction strategies to proactively enhance resilience and improve disaster recovery pathways in BC.
The Symposium will do this by:
- Reporting on progress of actionable strategies and outcomes from previous and ongoing DRR/CCA efforts
- Demonstrate components of the BC Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Hub, identify opportunities for its short-term priorities and advance its long term financial and governance model
- Advance essential partnerships across the science-policy-action interface to reduce risk and build resilience
- Make connections across projects and initiatives towards enhanced collaboration and reduced duplication
- Support advancement and implementation of existing recommendations and commitments that have been made in BC and Canada in relation to climate and disaster risk management by fostering generative dialogue across disciplines and cultures
The Symposium will be held September 14-16th, 2020 in Vancouver, on the territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ / sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) nations, in the City of Vancouver.
With a significant portion of our built environment constructed after the introduction of seismic code, a changing hazard environment as a result of climate change and code requirements focused on life safety rather than business continuity/functionality, there is enormous scope for integrated policy change and associated actions that will improve resilience in our built environment over time. Developing such integrated policy requires unprecedented coordination across disciplines and between the analytics (or science and technology) community and the policy/ planning/ finance communities.
The first two UR symposiums focused on convening stakeholders across hazards, across disciplines and from across the science- policy-action spectrum to enhance collaboration and develop actionable strategies that will reduce risk and build resilience in BC. The symposiums have also aimed to encourage engagement with First Nations and youth as key constituents in building momentum in this space. This year’s symposium will continue to build off these efforts and the generous contributions of key stakeholders from across Southwest BC to apply a common operating picture of natural hazard and climate risk in Southwest BC in support of place-based strategies for risk reduction and recovery. This common operating picture can support prioritization of areas (thematic and geospatial) for adaptation investments.
Come and play a role, be a part of the solution! Share your successes and challenges, voice your priority for how to use open risk modelling in service of risk reduction strategizing and investment, and put your weight behind those priorities we can continue to move on in 2020 and 2021!
The Understanding Risk Community
Understanding Risk (UR) is an open and global community of over 6,500 experts and practitioners interested and active in disaster risk identification. UR community members share knowledge and experience, collaborate, and discuss innovation and best practice in risk assessment and risk communication and how to apply risk assessment in service of risk reduction and building resilience.
Registration Fees and Volunteers
The Understanding Risk Community is underpinned by the principle that events should be open and accessible to all. Please contact the organizers if you would like to request a waiver for registration fees and/or would like to volunteer in place of paying the registration fee. We are seeking volunteers to assist with registrations, note-taking and other event- related tasks.
Please be in touch if you / your organization would like to support this year’s symposium and the BCC DRR Hub. Opportunities range from Supporter level, to Investor level, to Lifeline level. Contact Jessica: email@example.com.
Professional Learning Credits
Engineers and Geoscientists of BC: One hour of activity at the symposium is eligible as one informal professional development hour for Engineers and Geoscientists BC registrants.
AIBC registrants are eligible to self-report for learning units (LUs).