2015 International Day for Disaster Reduction
Tuesday 13 October was the International Day for Disaster Reduction and the CRC marked it with a special public event in Perth, at the Australasian Natural Hazards Management Conference.
The theme for the Day in 2015 was Knowledge for Life.
The focus of this year’s International Day for Disaster Reduction was on the traditional, indigenous and local knowledge that complement modern science and add to an individual’s and societies’ resilience.
The line-up for the conference session included three excellent panellists:
- Prof Carmen Lawrence – University of Western Australia, researcher on community perceptions of risk when experiencing hazards.
- Erin Fuery – State Manger Emergency Services, Australian Red Cross. Erin has worked with indigenous and remote communities in Western Australia.
- Anne Garland - Research Associate, Applied Research in Environmental Sciences Nonprofit in the US. Anne is working on risk management with indigenous groups in the US/Alaska and in New Zealand.
Last year the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC hosted the event at the Australian National University in Canberra. Check out the talks from the day.
The International Day for Disaster Reduction started in 1989 with the approval of the United Nations General Assembly. The UN General Assembly sees the day as a way to promote a global culture of disaster reduction, including disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness.
The day promotes how people and communities are reducing their risk to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of disaster risk reduction. Each year the day is themed. The theme for 2015 is Knowledge for Life.
The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC was last year appointed the national coordinator for the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) in Australia. This is backed by the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, the International Council for Science and the International Social Science Council and seeks to promote and support disaster risk reduction research programs and activities around the world, including the International Day for Disaster Reduction.
|Type||Title||Credited author||Credited author/s NON-CRC|
|Presentation-Audio-Video||International Day for Disaster Reduction - panel session|
|Presentation-Audio-Video||International Day for Disaster Reduction - overview|
|FireAustralia Edition||Fire Australia Summer 2015-16||Nathan Maddock|