University Gaston Berger at Saint-Louis, Senegal, which has already been selected as home to one of the World Bank’s African Centres of Excellence, has announced the launch of a new French-language Masters Programme in Risk Prevention and Food Security (Master Prévention et Gestion des Risques liés à la Sécurité Alimentaire, PGRSA), which will be carried …

New West African Masters Programme on Risk Management and Food Security at IRDR ICoE Member UniversityRead More »

Background Established in 2006, Periperi U is a platform for university partnership to reduce disaster risks in Africa. It stands for ‘Partners Enhancing Resilience of People Exposed to Risks’ – with a special focus on advancing university action on risk and vulnerability reduction in Africa. The partnership’s accomplishments this year underline its growing profile internationally. …

Regional Disaster Risk and Vulnerability Reduction Capacity Development (Periperi U Annual Report Oct 2013-Sept 2014)Read More »

The ICoE’s “Resilience Toolbox” website has been developed for the public, community and private sectors to collaborate on tools that engage, empower and enhance the resilience of communities in the face of turbulent change. One of the biggest challenges for practitioners and researchers working in the field of resilience is developing a set of meaningful …

IRDR ICoE Wellington “Resilience Tool Box” accessible onlineRead More »

Lindsey Jones (ODI) and Nicola Ranger (DFID) reviewed the findings of a study on climate change planning and grappled with the ethics around providing climate information to Africa decision makers. How is climate change being factored into long-term investments and planning decisions in Africa? This was one of the key questions asked of a 12-month …

UKCDS published blog on the ethics of long-term climate researchRead More »

In 2014, AFPCN, which functions as IRDR France, joined a EU funded project ECOSTRESS (Ecological Coastal Strategies and Tools for Resilient European Societies). DG ECHO of the European Commission is providing seventy-five percent (75%) of the funding for this two-year project. ECOSTRESS is exploring integrated risk prevention and risk management strategies for coastal regions. These …

IRDR France (AFPCN) in EU project on resilient coastsRead More »

The BNHCRC funded project on “Scientific Diversity, Scientific Uncertainty and Risk Mitigation Policy and Planning” recently published a substantial report. The report by Josh Wodak of the Institute of Culture and Society at the University of Western Sydney, NSW, constitutes one of the first stages of the project. The Scientific Diversity, Scientific Uncertainty and Risk …

BNHCRC (IRDR Australia) report on scientific diversity and uncertaintyRead More »

Early career scientists discuss their perspective on a greener economy. A brief video from the 2014 Future Earth Young Scientists’ Networking Conference at Villa Vigoni, Italy. From 25-31 May, 30 young scientists from across the disciplines met at Villa Vigoni, the German Italian Centre for European Excellence in Menaggio, Italy, to work on their vision …

A short video from the 2014 Future Earth Young Scientists Networking Conference now onlineRead More »

The first “Science Advice to Governments” conference took place in Auckland, New Zealand, on 28-29 August 2014. The meeting was co-hosted by the Office of Sir Peter Gluckman, Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand and the International Council for Science (ICSU). The presence of many of leading scientists and policy-leaders from …

Synthesis Report of 1st “Science Advice to Governments” ConferenceRead More »