The UR Europe proceedings are now published, please find them Here.
Understanding Risk Europe (UR Europe) brought together over 350 experts In Bucharest, Romania to explore how technology and innovation can help create more resilient societies.
See photos of the event, watch the opening ceremony and the Ignite presentations of the technical sessions, and the final remarks in the closing ceremony.Also, check out the interview series with UR Europe participants.
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Between 1980 and 2017, natural hazards including devastating wildfires, earthquakes or floods have cost EU Member States over €511 billion. Such recent events, compounded with a growing recognition of how climate change, and aging infrastructure and buildings will exacerbate existing risks, have highlighted a need to accelerate action towards the identification and management of disaster and climate risks.
Hundreds of experts and practitioners from Europe and across the globe will attend the Understanding Risk (UR) Europe Conference to take place in Bucharest from November 27-29, 2019. UR Europe will focus on understanding climate and disaster risk to guide government investments and create more resilient societies. The Conference will feature best practices and innovative approaches from around the region and explore how disruptive technologies are accelerating efforts to build disaster and climate resilience.
UR Europe is organized by the World Bank Group and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery in partnership with the Romanian Ministry of Internal Affairs through the Department for Emergency Situations.
* The event will be held in English and Romanian. Translation will be available for these two languages.
What is 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, and discuss innovations and best practice in risk assessment. 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.
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- Assessing and addressing the fiscal and economic impacts of natural disasters
- Managing earthquake risk at a national scale: from strategic planning to on-the-ground actions
- Leveraging regional systems to improve national fore-casting and early warning of weather-related hazards
- Community engagement, raising awareness and driving action
- Challenges and opportunities for assessing flood risks
- Private sector and business continuity
- Determining disaster and climate impacts on the poorest and most vulnerable and optimizing solutions for resilience
- Scaling up safer and quality learning environments
- Building urban resilience – integrating climate and disaster risks into urban development
- Critical Infrastructure risks and why investing in resilience makes financial sense
- Innovations in Geospatial Data Collection and Analytics: Shaping the Future of Understanding the Built Environment
- Assessing and Managing Risk to Cultural Heritage: Preserving the Past for the Future
- The threat of emerging risks (cyber, pandemics, extreme heat)
- An urgent matter in our homes: tackling challenges of earthquake risk reduction in the housing sector at scale