Young scientists event: disaster risk reduction

This event brought together multi-disciplinary researchers, practitioners and students to jointly identify the challenges for implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 -2030 and the ways for young scientists to address these in future research.

The objectives of the event were to:
● Increase awareness among young scientists about Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction implementation
● Collate existing research knowledge on DRR within the water sector and identify research gaps in relation to the Sendai Frameworks Priorities for Action
● Identify opportunities to continue multidisciplinary research by young scientists and early career researchers
● Formulate input and support for the thematic groups under the Young Scientists Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction being co-ordinated by UN Major Group for Children and Youth

Couldn’t join the event? Watch the presentations here!

The programme had a number of different components. To set the scene introductions were provided on the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 – 2030, the UNISDR Science and Technology Partnership and The Young Scientists Platform on DRR. Next, four young scientists presented their own research framed under one of the Priorities for Action of the Sendai Framework. These presentations set the stage for four interactive breakout sessions on the following related topics;
1. Priority for Action 1: Understanding Disaster Risk
2. Priority for Action 2: Disaster Risk Governance
3. Priority for Action 3: Investing in resilience: Eco-DRR
4. Priority for Action 4: Enhancing disaster preparedness for effective response and to “Build Back Better” in recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction: Early Warning

During these breakouts the following questions were addressed:
1. How is this topic addressed in DRR policy?
2. What are the key research developments and partners on this topic?
3. What are the existing research gaps?
4. How can young scientists contribute to filling the gap?

The programme and outcome are in the side bar of this page.

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