7th - 8th October 2010

International Workshop on “Resilience – Harnessing Science for Better Disaster Management”

  • Date: 7th - 8th October 2010
  • Location: ICCG, Island of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice - Italy more info
  • Organized by: The events are organised by the International Center for Climate Governance (ICCG – www.iccgov.org), the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM – www.feem.it) and the Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Climate Change (CMCC – www.cmcc.it).
  • Information:

    Resilience_agenda_participantlistangela.marigo@feem.it

Description:

The International Workshop on “Resilience – Harnessing Science for Better Disaster Management” is the first of a series of events dedicated to Natural Hazards and Disaster Risk Reduction. The workshop addresses the striking increase in the losses caused by natural, particularly hydro-meteorological disasters and offers the possibility to discuss resilience. The second one (Economics of Natural Disaster – Bridging Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Adaptation Efforts and Strategies) will take place in February 2011.

Background and Objectives

Over the past decades, the European Union witnessed a striking increase in the losses caused by natural, particularly hydro-meteorological disasters. Every year large areas of Europe are hit by droughts and/or floods, directly or indirectly affecting many communities and economic sectors. The climate change induced alteration of rainfall patter (form, intensity and timing of rainfall) will have significant effects on water availability and frequency of extreme events, thus causing additional social and economic hardship.

With natural disasters wrecking havoc all over the world, recently in Russia and Pakistan, resilience is gaining momentum both in risk research and policy communities. It has been converted into a symbol for endurance and a staying power, an emblem of sustainable societies. A symbol that we strive to turn into a guidance for better disaster risk reduction (DRR) strategies.  With some success but still far from convincing.

Many have tried to pin down what the resilience is or should be, and how to measure and promote it. Intuitively, more than anything else, resilience is a knowledge. A proficient understanding of the disaster risk, its driving forces and impacts. Knowing how to prepare, respond and recover from disaster strikes. More than that, resilience is a capacity to deploy that knowledge. To help oneself to get back to the feet after having sustained a hit. To learn how to. Paraphrasing Reinhold Niebuhr’s poignant message, resilience is a wisdom of knowing how to put a stop to natural hazards turning into devastating disasters, and a wisdom of enduring risks that cannot be avoided.

Resilience refers to the capacity of the system to absorb disturbances and reorganize, while undergoing changes to retain essentially the same function, structure, and identity. Resilience co-determine the magnitude of the economic losses and the community ability to respond to, cope with, and recover from significant disruptions. Both »economic« and »social« resilience are malleable concepts with many different and inconsistent definitions. Although important for designing effective disaster risk reduction strategies, a widely accepted operationalisation of the concept is not available.

A number of applied, policy-relevant research projects have been initiated to fill this gap. Some of these projects are listed further below. The scope of the workshop is to bring together the scholars from diverse fields, both natural and social sciences, working on practical policy application of the concept under EU Flood Risk Management Directive, EU Drought policy, and EU Disaster Preparedness and Prevention initiatives.

Expected Outcomes

  1. A special issue of the Elsevier’s Journal Environmental Modelling and Software (EMS) Journal will be compiled with individual and/or joint contributions by the workshop participants.
  2. Position Paper containing the key messages coming out of the workshop will be submitted for the special issue of the Journal Environmental Science & Policy on EC research in the fields of natural hazards and disaster risk reduction (NH/DRR).
  3. The workshop is also meant to strengthen the research network of social scientists working in the field of NH/DRR. A proposal for the COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) Actions is being developed.
  4. We also aim at providing input to the 2011 UN ISDR Global Assessment Report (GAR) on Disaster Risk Reduction.

European Projects dealing with resilience, vulnerability and capacity building:

FIM FRAME – Flood Incident Management – A FRAMEwork for improvement.
FREEMAN – Flood REsilience Enhancement and MANagement: a pilot study in Flanders, Germany and Italy.
IMRA – Integrative flood risk governance approach for improvement of risk awareness and increased public participation.
RISK MAP – Improving Flood Risk Maps as a Means to Foster Public Participation and Raising Flood Risk Awareness: Toward Flood Resilient Communities.
SUFRI – Sustainable Strategies of Urban Flood Risk Management with non-structural Measures to cope with the Residual Risk.
UR-FLOOD – Understanding Uncertainty and Risk in communicating about floods.
ENSURE– Enhancing Resilience of Communities and Territories facing Natural and Na-tech hazards.
CLIMWATADAPT– Climate Adaptation: modelling water scenarios and sectoral impacts.
WATER2ADAPT– Resilience enhancement and water demand management for climate change adaptation.
PREEMPT – Policy-relevant assessment of economic and social effects of hydro-meteorological disasters.
MOVE – Methods for the improvement of vulnerability assessment in Europe.

Secretariat

Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei
Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore
I-30124 Venice
Italy
Tel: +39 041 2700442
Fax: +39 041 2700413
E-mail: angela.marigo@feem.it

  • Agenda

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    Resilience refers to the capacity of a system to absorb disturbances and reorganize, while
    undergoing changes to retain essentially the same function, structure, and identity. Resilience co-determines both the magnitude of the economic losses and the community’s ability to respond to, cope with and recover from significant disruptions. Yet both “economic” and “social” resilience are malleable concepts with many different and inconsistent definitions, and thus, rarely taken to account in disaster risk reduction policies. Thus, the scope of the workshop is to bring together a multidisciplinary audience to learn about recent attempts to bring resilience to bear on policies and programs that support natural disaster risk reduction.

    DAY 1: Thursday, October 7th, 2010

    12:00 – 13:00
    Lunch

    13:00 – 15:00
    SESSION 1: Conceptual definition and measurement of resilience and vulnerability
    Chair: Reinhard Mechler

    13:00 – 15:00
    Jaroslav MysiakFondazione Eni Enrico Mattei and Centro Euro-Mediterraneo per i Cambiamenti Climatici, Italy
    Welcome, Scope of the Workshop

    Mariele EversLeuphana University  of Lüneburg, Germany

    DIANE-CM project

    Stefan GreivingInstitut of Spatial Planning, TU Dortmund University, Germany

    IMRA: Measuring And Communicating The Institutional Dimension Of Resilience

    Natasha MarinovaAlterra, WUR, The Netherlands

    ClimWatAdapt: Vulnerability of Water Resources Exercise

    Vasileios MarkantonisHelmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Germany

    CapHazNet and RiskMap: Natural Hazards Management Projects including the Issue of the Socio-Economic Resilience.

    Scira Menoni Politecnico di Milano, DIAP, Italy

    ENSURE: Vulnerability and Resilience: Exploring the Response of Systems and Communities Exposed to Natural Hazards

    Maarten van AalstRed Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre, The Netherlands

    15:00 – 15:30
    Coffee Break

    15:30 – 17:00
    SESSION 1: Conceptual definition and measurement of resilience and vulnerability
    Chair: Daniel Schaffer

    15:30 – 17:00
    Reinhard MechlerIIASA and Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria
    Modelling and Communicating Economic Resilience

    Kristien SchelfautSoresma nv, Belgium

    FREEMAN: Bringing Flood Resilience into Practice.

    Jaroslav MysiakFondazione Eni Enrico Mattei and Centro Euro-Mediterraneo per i Cambiamenti Climatici, Italy

    FREEMAN and Water2Adapt: Community Resilience to Hydro-Geological Hazards: a Case Study of Calabria/Italy

    Karen SUDMEIER-RIEUXUniversity of Lausanne, Switzerland

    Comparing factors of vulnerability and resilience in mountain communities affected by landslides in Eastern Nepal

    Stefan SchneiderbauerEURAC – European Academy, Institute for Applied Remote Sensing, Italy
    MOVE and others: Terminology and Definitions in the Context of Vulnerability and Risk Research at EURAC

    17:00 – 18:00
    PANEL 1: Research needs and priorities
    Chair: Jaroslav Mysiak

    Panel discussion on further research needs and their priorities.

    20:00

    Social Dinner at Ristorante a la Vecia Cavana (Cannaregio 4627 – 30131 Venice)
    The meeting point to walk all together to the restaurant is at 7:45 pm in the hall of the Ca’ dei Conti Hotel

    DAY 2: Friday, October 8th, 2010

    09:00 – 12:00
    SESSION 2: Policy requirements and measures to boost resilience
    Chair: Salvano Briceno

    Salvano BricenoUnited Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), Switzerland
    The International Strategy for Disaster Reduction and its Hyogo Framework for Action (2005-2015): Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters

    Demetrio Innocenti United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, Switzerland
    ISDR and HFA Implementation in Europe

    Francesco FustoRegional Environmental Protection Agency of Calabria – Functional Centre, Italy

    The Early Warning System for Hydrogeological Risk Monitoring and Forecast of Calabria Region

    Daniel SchafferTWAS, the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World, Italy

    Natural Disasters in Developing Countries: A TWAS Perspective

    Federica Ranghieri The World Bank, USA

    Safe and Climate Resilient Cities – Lessons Learnt From Recent WB Works

    11:00 – 11:30
    Coffee Break

    11:30- 12:00
    Views from the International Non-Governmental Organisations:

    Diana Rocio Rojas OrjuelaIUCN – International Union for Conservation of Nature, Costa Rica

    Water Governance Capacity and Ecosystem Based Adaptation

    Serena ArduinoACRA, Italy
    ACRA Initiatives for the Resilience of Communities in Latin America

    Julio Montes De Oca Lugo Wetlands International, Panama

    12:00 – 13:00
    PANEL 2: Policy needs and priorities
    Chair: Diana Rocio Rojas Orjuela

    Panel discussion on policy priorities.

    13:00 – 14:00
    Lunch

  • Presentations

    SESSION 1: Conceptual definition and measurement of resilience and vulnerability

    Chair: Reinhard Mechler

    Jaroslav MysiakFondazione Eni Enrico Mattei and Centro Euro-Mediterraneo per i Cambiamenti Climatici, Italy
    Welcome, Scope of the Workshop [ presentation]

    Mariele EversLeuphana University  of Lüneburg, Germany

    DIANE-CM project [ presentation]

    Natasha MarinovaAlterra, WUR, The Netherlands

    ClimWatAdapt: Vulnerability of Water Resources Exercise [ presentation: temporarily not available]

     

    Vasileios MarkantonisHelmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Germany
    CapHazNet and RiskMap: Natural Hazards Management Projects including the Issue of the Socio-Economic Resilience [ presentation]

    Scira MenoniPolitecnico di Milano, DIAP, Italy

    ENSURE: Vulnerability and Resilience: Exploring the Response of Systems and Communities Exposed to Natural Hazards [ presentation]

    Maarten van Aalst Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre, The Netherlands [ presentation]

    SESSION 1: Conceptual definition and measurement of resilience and vulnerability

    Chair: Daniel Schaffer

    Reinhard MechlerIIASA and Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria
    Modelling and Communicating Economic Resilience [ presentation]

     

    Kristien SchelfautSoresma nv, Belgium
    FREEMAN: Bringing Flood Resilience into Practice. [ presentation]

    Jaroslav MysiakFondazione Eni Enrico Mattei and Centro Euro-Mediterraneo per i Cambiamenti Climatici, Italy

    FREEMAN and Water2Adapt: Community Resilience to Hydro-Geological Hazards: a Case Study of Calabria/Italy [ presentation]

    Karen SUDMEIER-RIEUXUniversity of Lausanne, Switzerland

    Comparing factors of vulnerability and resilience in mountain communities affected by landslides in Eastern Nepal [ presentation]

    Stefan SchneiderbauerEURAC – European Academy, Institute for Applied Remote Sensing, Italy
    MOVE and others: Terminology and Definitions in the Context of Vulnerability and Risk Research at EURAC [ presentation]

    PANEL 1: Research needs and priorities
    Chair: Jaroslav Mysiak

    SESSION 2: Policy requirements and measures to boost resilience
    Chair: Salvano Briceno

    Salvano BricenoUnited Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR), Switzerland
    The International Strategy for Disaster Reduction and its Hyogo Framework for Action (2005-2015): Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters [ presentation]

    Demetrio InnocentiUnited Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, Switzerland
    ISDR and HFA Implementation in Europe [ presentation]

    Francesco Fusto – Regional Environmental Protection Agency of Calabria – Functional Centre, Italy

    The Early Warning System for Hydrogeological Risk Monitoring and Forecast of Calabria Region [ presentation]

    Daniel SchafferTWAS, the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World, Italy

    Natural Disasters in Developing Countries: A TWAS Perspective [ presentation]

    Federica RanghieriThe World Bank, USA

    Safe and Climate Resilient Cities – Lessons Learnt From Recent WB Works [ presentation]

    Views from the International Non-Governmental Organisations:

    Diana Rocio Rojas Orjuela IUCN – International Union for Conservation of Nature, Costa Rica

    Water Governance Capacity and Ecosystem Based Adaptation [ presentation]

    Serena Arduino ACRA, Italy
    ACRA Initiatives for the Resilience of Communities in Latin America [ presentation]

    Julio Montes De Oca Lugo Wetlands International, Panama [ presentation]

    PANEL 2: Policy needs and priorities

    Chair: Diana Rocio Rojas Orjuela