Sálvano Briceño: Strengthening Collaboration between CODATA and IRDR Will Help Strengthen Policy Advice to Reduce Disaster Impacts and Achieve Sustainable Development


Chair of the Scientific Committee of Integrated Research on Disaster Risk, IRDR
The purpose of the presentation is to explain the need for identifying relevant data for managing and reducing risk of disasters. More precise and accurate data is needed in formulating policies, legislation and research programmes that can effectively reduce the risk of disasters. Given that disasters occur due to natural hazards striking vulnerable communities, it is essential to understand both components of risk (hazard and vulnerability) and for that purpose, it is important to identify, monitor, collect and organize data on the hazards as well as on social and human vulnerability to be used by governments and research institutions in developing policies to facilitate building resilience and research and development that can nurture and support policy-making as well as action by other stakeholders such as the private sector and civil society organizations. Natural hazards have traditionally been monitored and data collected and organized by numerous scientific institutions, from universities to international organizations like WMO and UNESCO. It is therefore urgent to focus on data pertaining social and human vulnerability that is mostly ignored in risk assessments, early warning systems and other risk management tools. For this purpose, CODATA and the IRDR collaborate closely and use the DATA Working Group as their instrument for promoting and facilitating the exchange among expert institutions and developing standards, common approaches and terminology and specific activities. A stronger team effort would certainly benefit both programmes and ICSU overall.

Category: Oral Presentation
Time: Monday, October 29, 2012 - 09:00 to 10:30

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