Disaster Risk Reduction Day 2019

October 4, 2019

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction at CEU

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), held every 13 October, celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of reining in the risks that they face. Syslab organizes a series of events to mark the date on Monday, October 14th.

Agenda for the day:

14:00 - 15:00 | Presentation on Disaster Risk Reduction in Agriculture and Resilience of Rural Livelihoods by Daniela Mangione, Programme Officer, FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (N15, room 101)

15:30 - 17:00 | Panel Discussion on Integrated Approach to Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation (N15, room 101), with participation of:
  • Daniela Mangione (UN Food and Agriculture Organization)
  • Martin Fisher (humanitarian officer)
  • Ivana Vuco (USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance)
  • László Pintér (CEU)
  • Anastasia Kvasha (CEU)
  • Viktor Lagutov (CEU) (facilitator)
17:10 - 19:00 | Missing Maps Mapathon (N9, FT building, Green Lab)

To show your interest in attending DRR Day events, please make sure to register through the following link

The International Day for DRR was started in 1989, after a call by the United Nations General Assembly for a day to promote a global culture of risk-awareness and disaster reduction. This year will focus on Target (d) of the Sendai Framework: “Substantially reduce disaster damage to critical infrastructure and disruption of basic services, among them health and education facilities, including through developing their resilience by 2030.”

Missing Maps is a project which is focusing on supporting the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT). Mapathons are globally coordinated mapping events open to the public to make online map improvements or work on missing maps to help map the world's most vulnerable communities affected by natural disasters, epidemics, and other crises. The best part about mapathons is that anyone can join, no mapping experience is needed!  Follow us on FB page and sign up for the CEU Disaster Management Group updates at this link

What is a Mapathon?

A mapathon is a great opportunity for volunteers to digitally connect and map the most vulnerable or already affected places so that local and international Non-Governmental Organizations can use these maps and data to better respond to crises. With the increasing threat of natural disasters around the world, up to date maps are important for the success of many humanitarian organizations around the world in responding to disasters. Through Missing Maps using OpenStreetMap (OSM) platform, anyone can volunteer to help create these maps and have a real impact on the delivery of healthcare in the field. 

The CEU mapathon does not require any mapping experience and is open to students from any department at CEU. Such mapathons are not only a crucial tool for emergency response but also can act as a starting point for learning the foundation of GIS mapping techniques. At the beginning of the event, basic instructions will be given so that any participant can start mapping right away. Read more on what do we do at Mapathon.