As a runner-up to the 3rd World Conference on DRR in Sendai and a forum for discussion on the post-2015 DRR framework, this year’s IDRC Davos conference proved to be a very interesting event.
GEM was part of the special panel “Expanding the Application and Technology of Catastrophe Modelling for Disaster Risk Reduction” and presented its core mission in a session on “National Risk Management Approaches”. Nicole Keller shared examples of how GEM tools and resources are already being applied, discussed some of the opportunities and challenges that GEM encountered over the past 5 years, and ventured thoughts about the needs to be addressed in the HFA-2 (Hyogo Framework for Action).
What is more, the conference provided the occasion to learn about the work and approaches of others, as well as make connections with many organizations playing an important role in DRR and with whom GEM is keen to partner. The common aim is to make sure that all together we can leverage science for the benefit of society.
Ortwin Renn, for example, during the special panel on “The Role of the Governments in Disaster Risk Reduction” presented how in integrated risk governance all 4 sub-sectors of society are to play a role and should collaborate: experts (science), politics (governments), economy (private sector) and civil society (ngo's and individuals). GEM in this sense seems to represent a unique collaboration, as it brings all these 4 together, which clearly it’s not an easy task.
Mohsen Ashtiany in discussion with the Special Panel on “The Role of the Governments in Disaster Risk Reduction”
In the same panel Pejin Shi enlightened the audience about China’s work on DRR and called for more global collaboration when it comes to DRR, in particular when it comes to risk governance of large-scale disasters. Global frameworks for risk assessment and risk reduction were discussed several times during the conference in Davos and it was good to see that GEM’s experiences could contribute to the discussion.
For a view of GEM in action in Davos check out the gallery: