Disaster Risk Reduction

In January 2005, more than 4,000 representatives of governments, NGOs, academic institutes and the private sector met at the second World Conference on Disaster Reduction (WCDR) in Kobe, Japan. It was at this groundbreaking meeting that a 10 year plan known as the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters (HFA) was adopted by 168 states to substantially reduce disaster losses in lives as well as the social, economic and environmental assets of communities and countries by 2015. As emphasized in the HFA, disaster risk reduction is a central issue for development policies and is of interest to various science, humanitarian and environmental fields. Disasters undermine development achievements, impoverishing people and nations, and without serious efforts to address disaster losses, disasters will increasingly become a serious obstacle to achieving the Millennium Development Goals. A post-2015 framework for DRR was finalised in Sendai, Japan during the Third World Conference on DRR. The Sendai DRR framework will replace the decade-old Hyogo Framework for Action, which expires in 2015.

Some general resources on DRR

UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR)

WFP Disaster Risk Reduction

UN Development Group, DRR info

ProVention Consortium

DRR in East & Central Africa

Reducing Disaster Risk: a Challenge for Development (UNDP)

DRR Library

Resources on DRR by OC team members

Mapping NGO Competency to Reduce Human Vulnerability in Post-disaster Communities: Comparing Strategies in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh (Jason von Meding)

Emergency Management in Developed Countries: An Investigation of Hazard Risk, Vulnerability and Government Response in the UK and USA (Jason von Meding)

Major upcoming dates of relevance for DRR

CIB Commission Meeting on Disasters and the Built Environment, in conjunction the i-Rec 2105 conference, CIB W120, May 2015, London, United-Kingdom

World Humanitarian Summit: ‘Partnerships in a Changing Humanitarian Landscape’ (four themes: humanitarian effectiveness; reducing vulnerability and managing risk;  transformation through innovation; serving the needs of people in conflict.), early 2016, Istanbul, Turkey

CIB Commission Meeting and Workshop on Disasters and the Built Environment,  in conjunction  with  the 20th CIB World Building Congress – Intelligent Built Environment for Development , by CIB W120, 30 May – 3 June 2016, in Tampere, Finland

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