UR22 Wellington
29-30 November 2022

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

This hybrid event represents a unique opportunity for representatives from government, academia, international institutions and private sector in New Zealand and Asia Pacific to share knowledge on the latest developments and local perspectives in disaster risk management.

Sessions covered climate change adaptation, compound risks, disaster resilience, governance, indigenous perspective on risk, impact assessment, disaster risk financing, and impact-based forecasting.

The UR22 Wellington Satellite is hosted by GNS Science.

Session recordings

Being a Good Ancestor – an Indigenous Perspective on Risk, Resilience and Adaptation

Being a good ancestor is reflective of a Māori way of understanding risk and resilience. Underpinned by a worldview that sees people as interconnected with the land, this plenary will discuss some indigenous foundational concepts and how they manifest as indigenous perspectives of risk, resilience and adaptation.

Daniel Hikuroa
The University of Auckland

Perspectives on National Adaptation Plans (NZ and Pacific)

The objective of this session is to share perspectives, experiences and lessons on NAP process in Pacific SIDS and New Zealand. A Pacific regional perspective on NAPs will be introduced followed by a more in-depth ‘talanoa’ of NAP journeys in Tuvalu, Kiribati and Tonga and looking at community engagement and cross-sector coordination. The session will conclude with an overview of what Pacific SIDS and Aotearoa New Zealand can learn from each other to advance NAP processes.

Patrina Dumaru
GNS Science

Tools for Disaster Risk Management

One of the four key priorities in the Sendai Framework is to understand disaster risk. Risk tools, that model the impact of natural hazards, can be used to quantify risk from disaster events and inform risk management strategies.
This plenary will provide an overview of two risk tools that have been developed in Aotearoa-New Zealand; RiskScape and MERIT and highlight through case-study examples how they have been used to inform disaster risk management. The plenary discussion will then provide an opportunity to discuss the suitability of such models to inform risk and resilience decision making.

Nick Horspool
Senior Disaster Risk Scientist / GNS Science
Garry McDonald
Director / MEResearch

Climate Change Adaptation and Associated Financial Disclosures

Abstract: N/A

Belinda Storey
Climate Sigma
Amelia Sharman
Director Sustainability Reporting / XRB
Ilan Noy
Professor, Chair in the Economics of Disasters and Climate Change / Victoria University

Future Needs for Disaster Risk Science

In the Sendai Framework, it is noted that Disaster Risk Reduction requires a multi-hazard approach guided by science-based information to support decision-making. But what are the priorities for disaster risk science over the next 10 years? In this session we will hear from science providers, science funders and decision-makers about what they consider to be the key gaps in our knowledge that would support the greatest improvements to DRR. The panel will discuss how we might prioritise the work that will make the most difference in a range of contexts.

Gill Jolly
Natural Hazards and Risks Theme Leader / GNS Science
Sarah-Jayne McCurrach
Manager, Risk Reduction & Resilience / EQC
David Johnston
Professor / Massey University
Liam Wotherspoon
Professor / Auckland University
Tom Wilson
Chief Science Advisor / NEMA