How to reduce flood risks from a worldwide perspective, discussed at the Global Platform in Cancun

Published: 15 June 2017

Deltares showed its active presence at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction 2017 in Cancun. This marked the first opportunity for the international community to review global progress in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, which was adopted in Sendai, Japan in 2015. Experts Albrecht Weerts, Alessio Giardino, Cees van de Guchte, Daniel Twigt, and Shristi Vaidya represented Deltares at the event.

International Conference on Multi-Hazard Early Warning System (IC-MHEWS)

IC-MHEWS was held from 22nd to 23rd of May where Deltares presented posters at the poster session. The posters that were presented, were on the following topics:

Side-event: People-centred early warning system – can we really bring about change

This side event organized by Deltares jointly with Met office UK showcased the practices in early warning system design that incorporate the understanding of the local needs, through the cases in Indonesia, Philippines and Anguilla. The event was chaired by Dr. Chadia Wannous, UNISDR Science/Technological Partnership co-ordinator and moderated by Prof. Virginia Murray, Consultant in Global DRR, Public Health England. The speakers Ms. Catalina Jaime from the Red Cross Climate Centre shared effectiveness of implementation of forecast based financing for humanitarian aid. The presentation by Ms. Hepi Rahmawati from Yakuma Emergency Unit, Indonesia emphasized the value of harnessing the local knowledge and skills to bring often talked about ‘End Users’ into the heart of the Communications and Early Warning System design. Another speaker Mr. Damian Barker from Department of Disaster Management Anguilla highlighted the significance of considering local needs, values and situation for effective EWS. Lastly, Mr. Daniel Twigt from Deltares and Mr. Dave Britton from Met Office UK jointly presented their work on Impact Based forecasting in Manila, Philippines. The presentations from the speakers followed an amazing interactive session with the audiences.

Resilience of Small Island Developing States: Practical Solutions

Alessio Giardino represented Deltares at the meeting. The objectives of the meeting were to exchange experiences and good practices developed by small island states to make development climate and disaster resilient, to facilitate peer-to-peer learning so as to support effective design and implementation of climate and disaster resilient investments and policy interventions, to further strengthen the community of practice between small island states’ practitioners; and to identify synergistic solutions and actions for building resilience and reducing climate and disaster risk and contribute to achieving the SDGs and the Sendai targets in SIDS. The meeting was critical in peer-to-peer learning on practical solutions to challenges SIDS face from climate and disaster risk to their people, economies and ecosystems.

About Shristi Vaidya
Shristi Vaidya is working at Deltares, Delft as a flood risk researcher and specializes in topics related to flood early warning, critical infrastructure, risk communication, risk assessment, and stakeholder engagement. She completed her Master degree in Flood Risk Management in 2013 as an Erasmus Mundus scholar, led by IHE-Delft. Shristi is also an active volunteer at the Water Youth Network and the United Nations Major Group of Children and Youth, where she supports youth engagement and capacity building on disaster risk reduction.