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MON5.7: Capacity Building for Social-Ecological Resilience
Time: Monday, 27/Aug/2012: 2:40pm - 4:10pm
Session Chair: James Herbert WILLIAMS, University of Denver
Location: Sanada 2

Session supported by University of Denver and GIZ


Capacity Building for Social-Ecological Resilience

James Herbert WILLIAMS

University of Denver, United States of America

The study, education and practice of risks and risk management related to the sustainability, resilience and security of coupled social-ecological systems has gained ample attention and growing relevance in recent years. The interface between societies and ecosystems is now a key focus since true resilience can only be achieved if and when the health, functioning and sustainability of humans, animals, ecosystems and their socio-economic context are fostered, especially in a development context.

In this regard, capacity building for resilient social and ecological systems is a necessary and powerful contribution to disaster risk reduction worldwide. The session will therefore explore novel and innovative approaches to education, capacity building and training that aim at resilience in an integrated way thus strengthening global sustainability and disaster risk reduction. Reducing social vulnerability, strengthening sustainable development pathways and stabilizing ecosystem services are discussed from a capacity, knowledge and learning point of view. Conceptual approaches are matched with case studies and illustrations from curricula and field projects.


- Philip Tedeschi, University of Denver, Denver, USA
- Eva Wuttge, GIZ, Eschborn, Germany
- Michael Manfredo, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, USA
- Paul Ouedraogo, Ramsar Convention, Gland, Switzerland
- Alice Balbo, ICLEI, Bonn, Germany
- Andreas Rechkemmer, Global Risk Forum GRF Davos, Davos, Switzerland

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