IRDR designed the new poster and leaflets for the coming events.
I．Background and Objectives
DBAR is an international research program for promoting cooperation with countries along the Belt and Road route to advocate and demonstrate the smart use and application of “Big Earth Data” in support of the sustainable development of people and economies at the local, national and regional levels. “Disaster management” is one of the key pillars of sustainable development in the DBAR, along with coastal zone management, agriculture and food security, environmental changes, urban development and heritage conservation.
In response to the needs of developing countries along Belt and Road in disaster risk reduction to tackle the natural and human-induced environmental disaster, Digital Belt and Road Program (DBAR), jointly with Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) International Programme Office (IPO), IRDR China National Committee (IRDR CHINA), Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth (RADI),Chinese Academy of Sciences(CAS) and CAS-TWAS Centre of Excellence on Space Technology for Disaster Mitigation (SDIM) conducted an international research program (DBAR-Disaster) to strengthen science capacities for sustainable development and disaster risk reduction. In 2018, we will organize the International Training Workshop on Big Earth Data for Disaster Risk Reduction. With the objective of strengthening the experience of Big Earth Data applications for DRR, and enhancing the use of various data in DRR application platform. The workshop will provide a scientific and practical guide on DRR to the participants from developing countries along Belt and Road.
II. Date & Place
Date: 30 October-5 November, 2018
Place: Beijing, China
– Young academicians and researchers in the field of disaster risk reduction
– Young practitioners from national/ local governments and civil society organizations
As the number is limited to 20 people, only those who are qualified can be selected as formal participants. Female applicants will be given priority.
(1) Applicants fill in the attached
International Training Workshop Application Forms and submit them to the SDIM Secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax +86-10-8217-8959. Application deadline is 24th August, 2018.
(2) The selection group will routinely examine the applications and notify the applicants of the decisions. Invitations will be sent to the selected applicants for visa formalities at the same time.
V. Financial Support
Those applicants who have been selected will be provided round-trip international airfares between their home countries and Beijing (economy class), and the local expenses such as board and lodging, field tour, local transportation, etc. during the workshop.
For more information: Announcement of DBAR Training Programme
HVRI director Dr. Susan Cutter, the former IRDR Scientific Committee member, the former co-chair of IRDR AIRDR Working Group, and the leader of IRDR ICoE in Vulnerability and Resilience Metrics (IRDR ICoE-VaRM), was recognized at the 2018 AAG annual meeting, receiving the AAG Presidential Achievement Award, one of the highest honors awarded by the association. Susan won this award for her “long-standing and distinguished contributions to disaster vulnerability and resilience science, and for pioneering research on issues of race, class and environmental justice.”
We are very proud of her accomplishments. You can read more about the award here.
This Springer volume focuses on the key functions to be performed in the emergency response to a disaster, how these functions are coordinated, and the typical challenges and issues that emerge. Cases in the volume will address both hazard- and response-generated needs. The needs generated by emergent threats (e.g., Ebola crisis), emergent technologies (e.g., social media), and emergent groups (e.g., social innovation teams) that set the stage for innovation and adaption will be explored in this volume. There is a Call for authors to prepare a chapter, about 8000-1000 words, due in July.
For more information please contact:
Dr. Steven Jensen (email@example.com ) and
Dr. David Johnston (firstname.lastname@example.org).
A.M. Aslam Saja, one of IRDR young scientists, recently pulished “An inclusive and adaptive framework” in the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction with his colleagues.
Resilience is a multifaceted phenomenon, and approaches to measure resilience across disciplines have produced wide-ranging methods. This paper presents an inclusive and adaptive ‘5S’ social resilience framework that was developed based on the critical review of existing social resilience frameworks discussed in the literature. The proposed social resilience framework consists of five sub-dimensions of social resilience, namely, social structure, social capital, social mechanisms, social equity, and social belief, a set of 16 characteristics, and corresponding 46 indicators. While the key social resilience characteristics are integrated within a single framework, it is flexible enough for adapting to a specific context as needed. Key challenges in resilience measurement approaches developed in disaster management context are also highlighted in this paper. The direct measures of social resilience are resource intensive. Hence, proxy measures have been widely used using data available in the public domain which often result in inadequate measurement of social resilience. It is imperative to explore use of surrogates in measuring social resilience characteristics that are complex and not easily measurable directly.
For more details, please refer to: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212420918301547
The UN Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR) is the flagship report of the United Nations on worldwide efforts to reduce disaster risk, which is published biennially by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). The GAR is a vehicle to show-case Member States progress towards the implementation of the Sendai Framework for disaster risk reduction as well as disaster-related targets of the SDGs, to assess global risk trends, and to present innovative research and knowledge to enhance understanding of disaster risk in all its dimensions, thereby supporting risk reduction efforts.
The report contributes to the biennial Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, and the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. In addition, papers which are selected for contribution to GAR19 and successfully pass peer-review will be made available online as official annex to GAR19 by May 2019.
Please find structure and themes of GAR19 in the Call for Papers document. Abstracts will have to be submitted by email to UNISDR by 3 June 2018 following the below requirements and using the submission template.
For the detailed timelines and requirements, please refer to UNISDR official message: https://www.preventionweb.net/news/view/58255
One of IRDR Young Scientists, Dr. Sameer Deshkar recently published a Project Report titled “Socio-Ecological Resilience as a Sustainable Development Strategy for Remote Rural Settlements in India – Integrating Community Perspective” as the Principal Investigator of the Project. The project was a Follow-on-Research supported by IRDR ICoE-Taipei and START International Inc., USA.
The project is an outcome of the growing concerns for rural communities against various natural calamities such as floods, draughts, cyclones and landslides, in the context of developing countries and specifically in India.
IRDR FORIN Report Forensic Investigations of Disasters (FORIN): a conceptual framework and guide to research has been translated into Chinese recently by IRG-Project and reviewed by IRDR IPO.
This is FORIN’s second major publication. It both articulates a conceptual framework for understanding disaster risk, and codifies and presents a set of methodological principles to identify and analyse processes of risk construction. The Spanish version was launched by the Regional Office of Latin America and the Caribbean of the International Council of Science, in joint efforts with the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources of El Salvador.
The Integrated Risk Governance Project is a ten-year international effort in risk research to improve the management of new risks that exceed current coping capacities. IRG was launched by the IHDP (International Human Dimensions Programme), and became a core project of Future Earth in March 2015.
Dr. Frank Thomalla from IRDR ICoE-TDDR published an academic paper on Sustainablity with his colleagues recently.
Thomalla, F.; Boyland, M.; Johnson, K.; Ensor, J.; Tuhkanen, H.; Gerger Swartling, Å.; Han, G.; Forrester, J.; Wahl, D. Transforming Development and Disaster Risk. Sustainability 2018, 10, 1458. https://doi.org/10.3390/su10051458.
This is the feature article of the Special Issue “Transforming Development and Disaster Risk” of the Journal “Sustainability”.