The Understanding Risk Global Forum #UR22 will be held in person from 28 Nov to Dec 2, 2022, in Florianópolis, Brazil. Also known as Floripa among locals, this fantastic location offers an exceptional opportunity for the world to learn from Brazil, and vice versa, while strengthening ties with the South American disaster risk management community. The event will also have a virtual option.

A welcome greeting from Topázio Neto, the Mayor of Florianópolis.

Get to know UR22 host city

  • Florianópolis is the capital of the state of Santa Catarina in the southern region of Brazil. The city stands out for its breathtaking scenes and exuberant nature, including mangroves, hills, forests, dunes, lakes, and more than 40 beaches for surfing and recreation. Also known as Floripa among locals, the city possesses a unique vibe and energy enchanting different types of travellers.
  • The city is bathed almost entirely by the sea. It belongs to the group of threatened coastal areas that make up approximately 2% of the world’s land area and is home to 10% of the population. Nearly half of the city’s territory are protected areas, but land occupation and other challenges have increased the impacts of floods, landslides, and sea-level rise. Extreme weather patterns have increased the threats, both on the coast and in the hills where more vulnerable communities live.
  • In the last 20 years, more than one million people have been affected by disasters in Florianópolis –twice its population. The state of Santa Catarina is among the most impacted in terms of disaster occurrences, damages and losses in the country.
  • With over 300 years of history, Florianópolis is among the best places to live in Brazil and South America. Beyond culture and tourism, it has recently become a flourishing hub for the creative industries, technology, research, and innovation.
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