Fire resilience at the urbanising margins
Tuesday, Dec 01, UTC 12:00 to 12:55
Organizer: School of Engineering, University of Edinburgh
|Fire kills an estimated 150,000-180,000 people per year, 95% of whom live in LMICs . In addition to the lives lost, 10 million disability adjusted life years (DALYs) are lost each year, and each year fire costs between 1-2% of global GDP . All other natural hazards combined kill an estimated average over 10 years of 70,000 deaths per year and a cost of 0.2% of global GDP .|
Global fire death rates  and distribution of informal settlements  are well correlated. Given the rapid urbanization that is occurring in Africa and South East Asia, where there are already large numbers of informal settlements, it is only intuitive that the fire deaths will increase. Therefore, there is a pressing need to understand the risks within these settlements.
In this event, you will learn the current state-of-the-art knowledge and techniques to understand and map fire spread risks in informal settlements. Using examples from the IRIS-Fire research project in Cape Town, South Africa we will discuss the different social, spatial, and physical fire risks and how this can inform participatory dialogues between communities and municipalities to Improve the Resilience of Informal Settlements to Fire.
The session will be interactive looking at spatial arrangements of informal settlements, followed by a short “Ignite” style presentations on the linkages between social, spatial, and physical fire risks. This session will also provide time and space for panel discussions and discussions with the audience.
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