The 5th International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC Davos 2014 offers an eclectic exhibit comprised of the following organisations and projects:

AFAD - Prime Ministry Disaster & Emergency Management Presidency, Turkey

AFAD is a dynamic, flexible and work-focused institution that ensures collaboration between all organizations of the country for planning, steering, supporting, coordinating and ensuring the effectiveness of activities that are necessary for fast completion of the works carried out to prevent disasters and minimize losses, respond to disasters, and engage in post-disaster recovery, and is a multi-dimensional institution working with multiple actors, that promotes rational utilization of resources in this area, and that believes in multidisciplinary working.


CRSTRA - Scientific and Technical Research for Arid Areas

Accordance with its missions the CRSTRA is striving to develop scientific knowledge and tools to support the decision to support sustainable development in arid regions  and / or threatened by drought and desertification (Sahara and steppe areas covering more than 02 million Km2 is four fifths (4/5) of  the national territory) The immensity of the diversity of ecosystems (oasis, steppe Saharan routes and wetlands, dune areas) their assets (tangible and intangible) But especially their vulnerability to natural and / or anthropogenic risks (drought, desertification, salinization of irrigated silting floods and floods, pollution, loss of biodiversity) Impose a management research issues by priority thematic and spatial.

For this purpose, observation and continuous monitoring of these environments physical, biological and socio-economic perspective through a monitoring network and transfer supported by experimentation itself, are tools center on the issue of water, Saharan agriculture, potential risks related to climate or programs and development policies.



Elsevier is a world-leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical information products and services. The company works in partnership with the global science and health communities to publish more than 2,000 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and close to 20,000 book titles, including major reference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier’s online solutions include ScienceDirect, Scopus, Reaxys, MD Consult and Nursing Consult, which enhance the productivity of science and health professionals, and the SciVal suite and MEDai’s Pinpoint Review, which help research and health care institutions deliver better outcomes more cost-effectively.

A global business headquartered in Amsterdam, Opens external link in new windowElsevier employs 7,000 people worldwide.


ESRI - The GIS Software

Esri® develops geographic information systems (GIS) solutions that function as an integral component in nearly every type of organization. Geospatial technology serves as a key platform to connect cities, governments, and private organizations working to assess their risk exposure and increase their overall resiliency. On any given day, more than a million people around the world use Esri's ArcGIS to improve the way their organizations conduct business. Esri software is used by more than 350,000 organizations worldwide to map hazards and understand their potential impact on citizens and infrastructure in order to better address their vulnerabilities. Whether they face challenges like drought or flooding, economic collapse, or a health epidemic, resilient communities are using GIS technology to prepare ahead of time, operate effectively during events, and recover quickly.


FAO -  Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Achieving food security for all is at the heart of FAO’s efforts – to make sure people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. Our three main goals are: the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition; the elimination of poverty and the driving forward of economic and social progress for all; and the sustainable management and utilization of natural resources, including land, water, air, climate and genetic resources for the benefit of present and future generations.

The exhibition booth displays FAO’s disaster risk reduction work in the agriculture, forestry, fisheries sectors through its key publications, guidebooks, toolkits, case studies from Asia, Africa and Latin America as well as participants are provided the opportunity to try out its interactive capacity building e-learning courses.


GAD3RES - Global Alliance for Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience in the Education Sector

The Global Alliance for Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience in the Education Sector (GAD3RES) is a multi-stakeholder mechanism composed of UN agencies, international organizations and international NGOs, and networks. The Alliance is one of the thematic working groups launched by UNISDR to support the international work in Priority 3 of the Hyogo Framework for Action (2005-2015) – “Use knowledge, innovation and education to build a culture of safety and resilience at all levels”.

The main purpose of the group is to strengthen global coordination, information and knowledge, as well as advocacy on Disaster Risk Reduction education and safety of educational facilities, and ultimately contribute a global culture of safety and resilience and attitudinal changes through education and knowledge. Also the Alliance supports different countries in the development and implementation of concrete actions plans for safer schools.

The Alliance promotes a comprehensive approach to DRR education based on education policy, plans and programmes that are aligned with disaster management at national, regional, district and local school site levels. It rests on three pillars:

  • Safe Educational Facilities
  • School Disaster Management
  • Disaster Prevention and Risk Reduction Education 

GIZ - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit

On behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, theDeutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) exhibits a broad variety of experiences and innovative approaches on implementing Disaster Risk Management tools, capacity development measures and advisory services in the development and international context.

Examples of exhibits comprise:

  • Presentation on the German “Global initiative for Disaster Risk Management”
  • Presentation on the Global Programme Risk Assessment & Management for Adaptation to Climate Change
  • Innovative approaches and selected lessons learned (e.g. from Haiyan) on DRM implementation in the development context
  • Opportunity for Q&A with GIZ staff from the field & headquarters level

We look forward to welcoming you at our booth!


Global Risk Forum GRF Davos


ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability is the world’s leading association of more than 1000 metropolises, cities, urban regions and towns representing over 660 million people in 85 countries. ICLEI promotes local action for global sustainability and supports cities to become sustainable, resilient, resource-efficient, biodiverse, low-carbon; to build a smart infrastructure; and to develop an inclusive, green urban economy with the ultimate aim of achieving healthy and happy communities.


IRIDeS - International Research Institute of Disaster Science, Tohoku University

One year after the catastrophic disaster in 2011, Tohoku University launched the International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS) in April 2012. Together with collaborating organizations from many countries and with broad areas of specializations, the IRIDeS conducts world-leading research on natural disaster science and disaster mitigation. Based on the lessons learnt from the 2011 Great East Japan (Tohoku) earthquake and tsunami disaster, IRIDeS aims to become a world centre for the study of the disasters and disaster mitigation, learning from and building upon past lessons in disaster management from Japan and around the world. Throughout, the IRIDeS will contribute to on-going recovery/reconstruction efforts in the affected areas, conducting action-oriented research, and pursuing effective disaster management to build sustainable and resilient societies, the IRIDeS innovates the past paradigm of Japan’s and world’s disaster management to catastrophic natural disasters, hence to become a foundation stone of disaster mitigation management and sciences.


PEDRR - Partnership for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction

The Partnership for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction (PEDRR) is a global alliance of UN agencies, NGOs and specialist institutes. PEDRR seeks to promote and scale-up implementation of ecosystem management approaches for disaster risk reduction and ensure it is mainstreamed in development planning at global, national and local levels, in line with the Hyogo Framework  for Action. This Exhibition Booth offers key publications on ecosystem-based DRR, posters, videos and other information materials from PEDRR partners.


PEP - Public Empowerment Policies for Crisis Management

In the booth from the PEP project (Public Empowerment Policies) you can experience some best practices showing what the EU-funded research project of PEP is all about. We investigated best practices and key enablers enhancing public resilience by conducting desk studies, interviews and an online international expert questionnaire. We will also show you experiences with and challenges of a community approach involving the public in crisis management. All the knowledge we gathered during this project will be extracted by a new WIKI website. This website and an online discussion will be launched during the conference and will be shown in the PEP-booth as well.


Resilience Guard GmbH

A Business Continuity consultancy with a practical approach to real world risks

Based in Zürich, Switzerland, Resilience Guard GmbH is a boutique business continuity consultancy that provides specialist business continuity consultancy services to organizations in Switzerland and across Europe. We help firms mitigate the risk of business interruptions that could cost them their time, money and reputation. Numerous clients, large and small, rely on our business continuity and crisis management consulting services to improve their organizational resilience.


RhB - Rhaetian Railways Bernina Express - From glaciers to palms

Experience one of the most spectacular ways to cross the Alps: The Albula and Bernina lines of the Rhaetian Railway. This winding mountain railway connects northern and southern Europe without the use of any toothed-wheel mechanism. A particular high-point of the ride is the panoramic view from the Bernina Express, as it passes mighty glaciers on its descent to a land of swaying palms Since summer 2008, the section between Thusis and Tirano has been classed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. A milestone in our history.


Swiss Re

The Swiss Re Group is a leading provider of reinsurance, insurance and other insurance-based forms of risk transfer. Its global client base consists of insurance companies, mid-to-large-sized corporations and public sector clients. Swiss Re deploys its capital strength, expertise and innovation power to enable the risk-taking upon which enterprise and progress in society depend. Founded in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1863, Swiss Re serves clients through a network of over 60 offices globally.


T3 Risk Management SA

The world is becoming ever more reliant on uninterrupted access to voice and data communications networks. But even modern telco infrastructure is not infallible especially during natural disasters. To help ensure you retain access to telephone and internet services from anywhere in the world and under any circumstances, T3 RM supplies a full range of satellite communication equipment from all four major networks:

  • Inmarsat – IsatPhone, BGAN
  • Iridium – Extreme, Go!
  • Thuraya – SatSleeve, XT, IP
  • GlobalStar – handsets and modems


Terrasense Switzerland Ltd

Terrasense specialises in early warning and monitoring solutions for geological risk prevention. We provide expert field assessment, data interpretation and risk analysis to support your public and industrial safety decision-making process. Our services include design, implementation and operation of integrated monitoring and early warning systems. A range of state-of-the-art monitoring technologies (e.g. radar, lidar, wireless data communications) will be showcased.


UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

Operating at the interface between education, science, the social sciences, culture and communication, UNESCO has a vital role to play in constructing a global culture of disaster risk reduction. The Organization is engaged in the conceptual shift in thinking away from Post-Disaster reaction to pre-disaster action.

Through its broad mandate and expertise, UNESCO is helping countries to reduce their vulnerability to natural hazards and build their capacity to cope with disasters. Furthermore, UNESCO provides to governments practical and scientific advice on disaster risk reduction and a forum to work together to find solutions in this area.

UNESCO has many programmes in place that deal in one way or another with the study of natural hazards (earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, floods, droughts, tsunamis, etc.) and the mitigation of their effects. These programmes help us understand the mechanisms of natural hazards and to analyse why some of these hazards turn into disasters.