Joint CEU & UNDP Workshop: Innovations in Disaster Risk Management
CEU and UNDP are running a joint workshop this July 13-17 entitled "Innovations in Disaster Risk Management"
The overall aim of the workshop is to highlight the advances in ICTs and how they are increasingly empowering both decision-makers and citizens to play a more proactive role in managing disaster risks and more effectively respond when disasters hit. The stream aims at staff of the UNDP Country offices in Balkans, Caucasus and Central Asia, National Focal Points of International Conventions (e.g. Black Sea Commission), relevant government officials (e.g. Ministries of Emergencies, Environment, Communications), researchers and civil society representatives.
The workshop builds upon existing UNDP experience in disaster management and risk reduction. Advances in ICTs are increasingly empowering citizens to play a more proactive role in managing disaster risks and more effectively responding when disasters hit. The ability of development workers to tap into this local energy and know-how, go beyond the usual actors (e.g. NGOs, think tanks) and partner with outliers (e.g. citizens, informal groups) and link their efforts with the institutional response and resources will play a major role in supporting communities' resilience. Therefore, applying innovations and the latest ICT advances in this regard will be the key topic of the program. A range of technologies will be presented including Remote Sensing, Geographic Information Systems, mobile technologies, data portals, etc.
The workshop will cover a number of themes, including ICTs for disaster risk reduction (DRR), innovation in climate risk management and disaster preparedness and response, integration of innovative solutions in climate risk management and DRR into sectoral and municipal development, and more.
And in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)