International Symposium on Multi-Hazard Early Warning and Disaster Risk Reduction

Mar 19
Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka

Experience over recent years of the impacts of tsunamis, cyclones, flooding and other major natural hazards has shown that inadequate preparation for, and response to, emergency situations have contributed to widespread damage and the avoidable loss of lives and livelihoods. Between 1998 and 2017, climate-related and geophysical disasters killed 1.3 million people and left a further 4.4 billion injured, homeless,  displaced or in need of emergency assistance. While the majority of fatalities were due to geophysical events, mostly earthquakes and tsunamis, 91% of all disasters were caused by floods, storms, droughts, heat-waves and other extreme weather events.

There are increasing calls for strengthened risk assessment and mitigation, community awareness and preparedness, and multi-hazard early warning systems at all levels. As emphasised by the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR 2015-2030), this requires an integrated and holistic approach to early warning for multiple hazards, and for risks tailored to user needs across sectors and community awareness. Together these will help to mainstream disaster risk reduction and to support efforts towards the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

This high-level, international symposium, which will be organised in collaboration with Disaster Management Centre, Sri Lanka; Global Disaster Resilience Centre, University of Huddersfield, UK; IOC-UNESCO IOTWMS, WG 1 on Tsunami Risk, Community Awareness and Preparedness, APP and other partners will be held to recognise achievements, and to highlight work that still needs to be done. It will promote collaboration among academia, research institutions and disaster management offices, and encourage multidisciplinary and multi sectoral interaction.

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Contact Information

Prof Dilanthi Amaratunga,
Prof Richard Haigh & Dr. Nuwan Dias

Global Disaster Resilience Centre, University of Huddersfield, UK

Mr. W.A. Dharmasiri (Director General) & Mr. Sunil Jayaweera (Director, Preparedness and Planning)
Disaster Management Centre
Vidya Mawatha, Colombo 7, Sri Lanka