# Risk finance

Protected: Disruptive Tech for Africa: Tracking the Latest Urbanization Trends with Local Validation

Disruptive Tech for Africa: Tracking the Latest Urbanization Trends with Local Validation Organizer: Food for the Hungry African cities are challenged by rapid uncontrolled urbanization. Sub-Saharan Africa is one of the world’s fastest urbanizing regions. Urban areas were home 472 million people in 2017, and are expected to double over the next 25 years. Previously,…

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Mapathons, movement data, machine-learning – oh my! A ‘jam session’ on geospatial data innovations and how to use them

   Mapathons, movement data, machine-learning – oh my! A ‘jam session’ on geospatial data innovations and how to use them Wednesday, Dec 02, UTC 02:00 to 02:55 Organizer: Mapbox, MIT Urban Risk Lab, Youth Innovation Lab Nepal, Thinking Machines, First Street Foundation The world of data sources that are useful for the assessment and communication…

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Carousel talks: Latest developments in the science and technology for early warning early action – Researchers Edition

   Carousel talks: Latest developments in the science and technology for early warning early action – Researchers Edition Wednesday, Dec 02, UTC 17:00 to 17:55 Organizer: Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre In this session we will have a carousel of humanitarian scientists from all over the world presenting the latest advancements in anticipatory action,…

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Catalyzing inclusive risk finance in LAC: Opportunities for Innovation in Guatemala and the Caribbean

   Catalyzing inclusive risk finance in LAC: Opportunities for Innovation in Guatemala and the Caribbean Wednesday, Dec 02, UTC 16:00 to 16:55 Organizer: WFP  MiCRO The regional context2020 illustrates clearly the challenges of the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region, with countries experiencing a combined impact of the COVID-19 pandemic – a major crisis…

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Understanding risk through games

   Understanding risk through games Wednesday, Dec 02, UTC 04:00 to 04:55 Organizer: Earth Observatory of Singapore Join this session and play with the Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS) in this interactive session where EOS brings you its Dynamic Earth Games series to communicate key ideas about disaster preparedness, acting in uncertainty and enacting evacuation…

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Future/risk/tick √: future climate projections show us a possible future. Do early actions, which help people now, also prepare people for the future impacts of climate change?

   Future/risk/tick √: future climate projections show us a possible future. Do early actions, which help people now, also prepare people for the future impacts of climate change? Wednesday, Dec 02, UTC 12:00 to 12:55 Organizer: Met Office, the UK’s National Meteorological Service The Met Office and partners welcome the opportunity to deliver a session…

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Humanitarian Assistance & Disaster Relief (HADR) in ASEAN – Experience of the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF)

    Humanitarian Assistance & Disaster Relief (HADR) in ASEAN – Experience of the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) Wednesday, Dec 02, UTC 03:00 to 03:55 Organizer: Singapore Civil Defense Force Southeast Asia (SEA) is a region that is vulnerable and historically prone to catastrophic disasters ranging from earthquakes, tsunamis and meteorological disasters such as droughts,…

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Understanding Nature and Risk: Modelling of nature-based solutions for flood risk reduction and analytics

   Understanding Nature and Risk: Modelling of nature-based solutions for flood risk reduction and analytics Thursday, Dec 03, UTC 12:00 to 12:55 Organizer: JBA Consulting Nature-based Solutions (NBS) can reduce flood risk and provide more resilient and lower-cost mitigation. NBS can be applied as green infrastructure strategies that work in harmony with gray infrastructure systems….

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Virtual Reality and Training for Emergency Responders in a Post-COVID-19 Era

   Virtual Reality and Training for Emergency Responders in a Post-COVID-19 Era Thursday, Dec 03, UTC 02:00 to 02:55 Organizer: Singapore Civil Defense Force The landscape of training for the emergency response fraternity has evolved in parallel with the development of technology, from the advent of computers and the proliferation of digital and immersive technologies….

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Using “adaptation technologies” to improve policy and planning at national level

   Using “adaptation technologies” to improve policy and planning at national level Wednesday, Dec 02, UTC 11:00 to 12:55 Organizer: Practical Action / IIED There is no dispute that developing countries need to adapt to climate change but there is a huge gap in implementation. Policy makers need practical ways of enabling and promoting adaptation….

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The Power of Grassroots Voices to Shape Effective Climate Policy

   The Power of Grassroots Voices to Shape Effective Climate Policy Wednesday, Dec 02, UTC 15:00 to 16:55 Organizer: Huairou Commission + SlumDwellers International / IIED *this session is part of the Development & Climate Days Grassroots organizations represent poor communities living and working in rural, urban peri-urban and indigenous settlements. Their lives are characterized…

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Disaster risk and resilience: Understanding perceptions, exploring possibilities Lessons to be learnt from the curious way of life

Date and Time: Wednesday Dec 02, UTC 02:00 to 02:55 Organizer: Confederation of Risk Reduction Professionals (CRRP), Risk & Resilience Institute (RRI) What is disaster risk? Should disaster risk reduction strategies be designed based on the definition that ‘we’, the intellects and the academicians, understand? What about the perception that a community has of its…

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Operational flood damage assessment using SAR data

   Operational flood damage assessment using SAR data Wednesday, Dec 02, UTC 02:00 to 02:55 Organizer: Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand Floods are part of a natural phenomenon which is regarded as a persistent hazard, causing negative socioeconomic impacts, i.e. significant damages to lives, livelihoods, and infrastructure. Therefore, flood management has gained more attention recently….

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Putting resilience in place: Learn to apply cloud AI disruptive geospatial technologies people will use for decision making

   Putting resilience in place: Learn to apply cloud AI disruptive geospatial technologies people will use for decision making Thursday, Dec 3, UTC 15:00 to 15:55 Organizer: Mapbox, Microsoft AI for Good, Planet, World Bank A new generation of converging geospatial, cloud, AI, and big data technologies now provide fresh opportunities to improve public sector…

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So what if you have data? Conversations with humanitarian decision-makers on user-centric design and data-driven approaches to flood risk reduction

   So what if you have data? Conversations with humanitarian decision-makers on user-centric design and data-driven approaches to flood risk reduction Thursday, Dec 3, UTC 17:00 to 17:55 Organizer: United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Cloud to Street, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, and International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) – Columbia…

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ShakeMap‐related research, development, operations, and applications

   ShakeMap‐related research, development, operations, and applications Thursday, Dec 3, UTC 16:00 to 17:55 Organizer: U.S. Geological Survey ShakeMap is an open-source software program employed to automatically produce a suite of maps and products that portray the geographical extent and severity of potentially damaging shaking following an earthquake. ShakeMap’s primary purpose is to provide post-earthquake…

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A planet remade? How solar geoengineering may deliberately change (y)our climate – and how we understand risk

   A planet remade? How solar geoengineering may deliberately change (y)our climate – and how we understand risk Thursday, Dec 3, UTC 16:00 to 16:55 Organizer: Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre We are entering the era of climate change consequences. Regional and local impacts are becoming more manifest. An increasingly feasible technological option that…

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Implementing real-time disaster risk models: Collaborations across government, non-profits, academia and private sector in Mozambique and the Bahamas

   Implementing real-time disaster risk models: Collaborations across government, non-profits, academia and private sector in Mozambique and the Bahamas Thursday, Dec 3, UTC 15:00 to 15:55 Organizer: Direct Relief, Facebook Data for Good, Pacific Disaster Center, Harvard School of Public Health During the response to Cyclones Idai and Kenneth in Mozambique, and Hurricane Dorian in…

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From black swans to boiling frogs: How to understand risk, visualize risk scenarios, and build agency for early action

   From black swans to boiling frogs: How to understand risk, visualize risk scenarios, and build agency for early action Wednesday, Dec 02, UTC 17:00 to 17:55 Organizer: NASA and Earth Observatory of Singapore A myriad of risks exist, but it is our understanding and action in regard to these events that often lead to…

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Crossroads: Managing intersecting risks of conflict, violence, disasters and climate change

   Crossroads: Managing intersecting risks of conflict, violence, disasters and climate change Wednesday Dec 02, UTC 16:00 to 16:55 Organizer: GIZ, UNDP, ODI, IFRC, ICRC, EU In many countries of AFR, MENA and EAP, communities are affected by both natural hazards, the impacts of climate change and protracted crisis associated with fragility, conflict and violence…

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Evaluating COVID-19 transmission in cities: The COVID-19 City Disaster Vulnerability Index

   Evaluating COVID-19 transmission in cities: The COVID-19 City Disaster Vulnerability Index Wednesday Dec 02, UTC 16:00 to 16:55 Organizer: World Bank Most governments around the world continue to grapple with containing the spread of the coronavirus pandemic and determining appropriate measures to keep economies running with minimum costs to health systems and livelihoods. As…

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Multiform flood risk in a complex future flooded world: Earth observation and complex systems for compound risk assessment

   Multiform flood risk in a complex future flooded world: Earth observation and complex systems for compound risk assessment Wednesday Dec 02, UTC 17:00 to 17:55 Organizer: The World Bank Group Risk, and particularly flood risk, can be seen as the resultant of different forces acting on a complex system. Well-accepted and diffused frameworks describe…

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Misinformation, disinformation, and risk: When science alone doesn’t cut it

   Misinformation, disinformation, and risk: When science alone doesn’t cut it Wednesday, Dec 02, UTC 15:00 to 15:55 Organizer: BBC Media Action, NASA, Columbia University Earth Institute’s International Research Institute with Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre Information alone in insufficient for prompting action in regard to the reduction of risk. Cognitive biases, blind-spots, and…

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Catching fire: Evolving wildfire response for catastrophic events

   Catching fire: Evolving wildfire response for catastrophic events Wednesday, Dec 02, UTC 15:00 to 15:55 Organizer: World Bank This moderated panel discussion will bring together global wildfire and disaster management leaders to explore technological innovations, share practical insights and explore meaningful solutions to the growing challenge of catastrophic wildfires.As the climate changes, the world…

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Understanding and assessing climate change risk to cultural heritage: The Climate Vulnerability Index applied to the Caribbean forts

   Understanding and assessing climate change risk to cultural heritage: The Climate Vulnerability Index applied to the Caribbean forts Wednesday, Dec 02, UTC 15:00 to 15:55 Organizer: CVI, James Cook University, ICOMOS, INES Ingenieros, WeArchitects, Moun Studi The Caribbean is one of the most hazard prone regions in the world, and its cultural heritage is…

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The power of partnership: Sparking public-private engagement in hydromet services

   The power of partnership: Sparking public-private engagement in hydromet services Tuesday, Dec 01, UTC 17:00 to 17:55 Organizer: World Bank/GFDRR The need for hydromet and early warning services is at historical high due to growing population density, urbanization and more frequent events triggered by the climate changes. At the same time, scientific and technological…

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Responsible artificial intelligence (AI) for disaster risk management

   Responsible artificial intelligence (AI) for disaster risk management Tuesday, Dec 01, UTC 17:00 to 17:55 Organizer: GFDRR, University of Toronto, Deltares As the Understanding Risk Community continues to explore the opportunities offered by artificial intelligence and related technologies and expand the range of applications for which they are used, we need to pay close…

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Surviving natural hazards through gameplay

   Surviving natural hazards through gameplay Tuesday, Dec 01, UTC 17:00 to 17:55 Organizer: art-science-media.com, SERNAGEOMIN, Universitat de Barcelona Using the Earth Girl Volcano free casual strategy game as a case study, this session examines a people-centric approach to providing populations at risk with a science-based but engaging set of effective survival tools. Topics include…

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Early warning for early action: Toward more behaviorally-informed early warning systems

   Early warning for early action: Toward more behaviorally-informed early warning systems Tuesday, Dec 01, UTC 17:00 to 17:55 Organizer: Food for the Hungry Early warning systems (EWSs) have traditionally focused on collecting and analyzing hazard data to produce warning messages that help inform government and other “official” stakeholders of impending disasters and when, where,…

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Disaster risk and resilience: Understanding perceptions, exploring possibilities Lessons to be learnt from the curious way of life

   Disaster risk and resilience: Understanding perceptions, exploring possibilitiesLessons to be learnt from the curious way of life Wednesday, Dec 02, UTC 02:00 to 02:55 Organizer: Confederation of Risk Reduction Professionals (CRRP), Risk & Resilience Institute (RRI) What is disaster risk? Should disaster risk reduction strategies be designed based on the definition that ‘we’, the…

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Recalibrating approaches towards urban resilience investments: System thinking and prioritization methods for decision making

   Recalibrating approaches towards urban resilience investments: System thinking and prioritization methods for decision making Thursday, Dec 03, UTC 12:00 to 12:55 Organizer: The World Bank This community session event is open to all particularly to engineers, researchers, managers and decision makers that deal with urban resiliency. While some of the methods introduced during this…

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RiskChanges: An open source tool for multi-hazard risk assessment and decision making

   RiskChanges: An open source tool for multi-hazard risk assessment and decision making Thursday, Dec 03, UTC 12:00 to 12:55 Organizer: Geoinformatics Center, Asian Institute of Technology – ITC, University of Twente This session will provide an advanced approach for multi-hazard risk assessment providing how risk changes over time, and how the information on changing…

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A toolkit for landslide early warning systems

   A toolkit for landslide early warning systems Thursday, Dec 03, UTC 11:00 to 11:55 Organizer: Practical Action, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, British Geological Survey, King’s College London, Imperial College London, University of Birmingham, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, UK Met Office, Geological Survey India, Amrita University, Newcastle University, Tribhuvan University, Society of Hydrologists…

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Towards proactive disaster risk management: Benefits and challenges in linking early warning with risk financing

   Towards proactive disaster risk management: Benefits and challenges in linking early warning with risk financing Thursday, Dec 03, UTC 10:00 to 11:55 Organizer: InsuResilience Secretariat / Anticipation Hub (German Red Cross, IFRC, Climate Centre) Acting in anticipation or early after a disaster can save lives and livelihoods, protect public finances and safeguard development gains….

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We need champions to understand disaster risk

   We need champions to understand disaster risk Thursday, Dec 03, UTC 10:00 to 10:55 Organizer: GEO-Geohazard Supersites and Natural Laboratories initiative GEO-GSNL; Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia – INGV, Centro Internazionale in Monitoraggio Ambientale – CIMA, Goma Volcano Observatory, Iceland Civil Protection, United Nations University – Institute for Environment and Human Security –…

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Breaking the silos: From single to comprehensive multi-hazard risk frameworks

   Breaking the silos: From single to comprehensive multi-hazard risk frameworks Thursday, Dec 03, UTC 10:00 to 11:55 Organizer: Institute for Environmental Studies, VU University Amsterdam; Philippines Red Cross, German Red Cross and 510, an initiative of the Netherlands Red Cross; Deltares; Marsh & McLennan Advantage, Singapore; UN MGCY The conventional multi-hazard framework is still…

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Biodiversity loss is an underestimated risk: climate, development and business perspectives

   Biodiversity loss is an underestimated risk: climate, development and business perspectives Thursday, Dec 03, UTC 10:00 to 10:55 Organizer: IIED *this session is part of the Development & Climate Days Understanding risk through games: an up close and intimate session. UR2020 Home Frequently Asked Questions Agenda Community Sessions UR Collaboration Session tags Identify Communicate…

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Climate vulnerability, social protection and early action: what are the linkages

   Climate vulnerability, social protection and early action: what are the linkages? Wednesday, Dec 02, UTC 12:00 to 12:55 Organizer: Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre Social protection (SP) has been proposed as a policy instrument of direct relevance for dealing with emerging climate-related risks and vulnerability. This session will explore SP’s role in anticipating…

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Are present-day infrastructure disaster risk models still applicable in a post Covid-19 world?

   Are present-day infrastructure disaster risk models still applicable in a post Covid-19 world? Wednesday, Dec 02, UTC 12:00 to 12:55 Organizer: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Lloyds Register Foundation, Resilience Shift, University of Oxford Critical infrastructure systems, such as energy, transportation, water, waste, and digital communications, are the backbone of modern economies and societies. Failures of…

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An interdisciplinary approach to forecasting and early warning systems

   An interdisciplinary approach to forecasting and early warning systems Wednesday, Dec 02, UTC 12:00 to 12:55 Organizer: Water Youth NetworkPolytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), Center of Applied Research in Hydrometeorology (CRAHI)University of Reading Forecasting and early warning systems (EWSs) help societies prepare for and respond to all types of disasters, including those due to…

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Resilience Academy as a sustainability solution for urban resilience skills development in Africa

   Resilience Academy as a sustainability solution for urban resilience skills development in Africa Wednesday, Dec 02, UTC 11:00 to 12:55 Organizer: University of Turku – Finland, Ardhi University – Dar es Salaam, Sokoine University of Agriculture – Zanzibar, University of Dar es Salaam – Dar es Salaam, State University of Zanzibar – Morogoro, World…

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