Awareness Raising, Education and Training – Capacity Building in Integrative Risk Management

Organized by: 
GRF Davos, Davos, Switzerland
DG Joint Research Centers, European Commission, Ispra, Italy
European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement (EUR-OPA), Council of Europe, Strasbourg
United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), Geneva

The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, agreed at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan in March 2015 and endorsed by the UN General Assembly in June 2015 aims to prevent new and reduce existing disaster risk through the implementation of integrated and inclusive economic, structural, legal, social, health, cultural, educational, environmental, technological, political and institutional measures that prevent and reduce hazard exposure and vulnerability to disaster, increase preparedness for response and recovery, and thus strengthen resilience. The Framework lists four priorities, seven targets, thirteen principles and suggested actions for stakeholders at global, regional, national and local level. The expected outcome till 2030 is to achieve substantial reduction in disaster risk and losses in lives, livelihoods and health. In January 2016, at the UNISDR S&T-conference in Geneva, the science and technology community, as well as other stakeholders, have agreed on a ‘Science and Technology Roadmap to Support the Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030’. Actions and deliverables are listed to achieve the set goals.

Whereas the goals and the “What” are well specified, the “How” to achieve the goals still needs more clarification and a mechanism for creating and capturing knowledge, synthesising and documenting knowledge, and sharing and transferring knowledge. Recognizing the gaps in implementation, the need to refocus research activities to new areas acknowledges that a transition in thinking is required, redirecting the “science of what” to a “science of how” and applying existing skills and knowledge more effectively. This includes addressing emerging problems in multidisciplinary, applied and justified ways. Workshop participants will discuss pros and cons of various mechanisms in use and contribute to improvements.

The innovation in DRR management due to technological progress should nevertheless be pursued, even for issues of DRR where the scientific knowledge is deemed satisfactory. The vulnerability of our critical infrastructures and services continuously shows how important it is for business and society to be able to adapt in the face of major adverse events. Research gaps shall be identified and solutions addressed.

One fundamental prerequisite for risk-based approaches is a general understanding in our societies about hazards and risks. Education and awareness raising that addresses all generations and sectors of our societies is therefore key.Today’s integrative risk management approaches need well-educated administrators and practitioners. The workshop shall discuss how to best raise risk awareness, the type of university-level curricula that is best suited for professionals in risk reduction and disaster management, and how risk-based knowledge can be applied and used most effectively and efficiently. Finding ways to bridge gaps between science and practical implementation, thus accelerating the knowledge exchange, remains an important task for the workshop.  


Preliminary Programme

09.00h    Introduction to the workshop (Walter Ammann, GRF Davos)

09.15h    Input presentations

  •  “Training in Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience: The JRC experience”, 
    Georgios Giannopoulos, Scientific Officer, DG JRC EC, Ispra, Italy

  • "Capacity development for DRR impact at national and local level”
    Beatrice Progida, Special Advisor, Knowledge Management for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Services, United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

  • “Roles of Scientific Communities for Disaster Risk Reduction Solutions: Perspectives for the Global Alliance of Disaster Research Institutes (GADRI)”, Summary of the Session outcomes

  • “Summary of the outcomes of the parallel sessions”

  • Additional presentations on request

10.30h    Coffee Break

10.45h    Splitting in 3 working groups – break-out sessions

  • WG1: Awareness raising: How can we raise risk awareness at the various segments in society? (Children, youth, adults, elderly, disabled, migrants, tourists, etc.)
    WG Chair: Mechthilde Fuhrer, Deputy Executive Secretary, European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement, EUR-OPA, Council of Europe, Strasbourg, France.
    WG Rapporteur: Marc Stal, Senior Project Officer, GRF Davos

  • WG2: Curricula at university level: What is needed for a Bachelor and a Master in integra-tive risk and disaster management? (General knowledge versus specialization, etc.)
    WG2 Chair: Beatrice Progida, Special Advisor, Knowledge Management for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Services, United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNI-TAR).
    WG2 Rapporteur: Susanne Wahlen, Project Officer, GRF Davos

  • WG3: Training courses: What type of continuous education and training courses is needed? (Fields and content of certified advanced study courses)
    WG3 Chair: Georgios Giannopoulos, Scientific Officer, European Commission, DG Joint Research Centre (JRC), Directorate E - Space, Security and Migration, Ispra, Italy.
    WG3 Rapporteur: James Glover, Senior Project Officer, GRF Davos

12.15h    Short lunch break (sandwiches)

13.00h    Break-out sessions cont’d.

14.30h    Presentation of the findings of the WG1 – WG3 by the WG chairs

15.30h    Summary

15.45h    End of workshop