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Workshop 1: Education, Training and Awareness Raising
Thursday, 01/Sep/2016:
9:00am - 12:00pm

Room: Wisshorn

Organized by
GRF Davos, Davos, Switzerland
DG Joint Research Centers, European Commission, Ispra, Italy
European and Mediterranean Major Hazards Agreement (EUR-OPA), Council of Europe, Strasbourg
United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), Geneva

  • Georgios GIANNOPOULOS, Scientific Officer, DG JRC EC, Ispra, Italy

    "Training in Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience: The JRC experience"

  • Beatrice PROGIDA, Special Advisor, Knowledge Management for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Services, United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

    "Capacity development for DRR impact at national and local level"

  • Summary of the Session outcomes

    "Roles of Scientific Communities for Disaster Risk Reduction Solutions: Perspectives for the Global Alliance of Disaster Research Institutes (GADRI)"

Session Abstract

The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, agreed at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan in March 2015 and endorsed by the UN General Assembly in June 2015 aims to prevent new and reduce existing disaster risk through the implementation of integrated and inclusive economic, structural, legal, social, health, cultural, educational, environmental, technological, political and institutional measures that prevent and reduce hazard exposure and vulnerability to disaster, increase preparedness for response and recovery, and thus strengthen resilience. The Framework lists four priorities, seven targets, thirteen principles and suggested actions for stakeholders at global, regional, national and local level. The expected outcome till 2030 is to achieve substantial reduction in disaster risk and losses in lives, livelihoods and health. In January 2016, at the UNISDR S&T-conference in Geneva, the science and technology community, as well as other stakeholders, have agreed on a ‘Science and Technology Roadmap to Support the Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030’. Actions and deliverables are listed to achieve the set goals. Whereas the goals and the “What” are well specified, the “How” to achieve the goals still needs more clarification and mechanism for creating and capturing knowledge, for synthesising and documenting knowledge, and for sharing and transferring knowledge. Workshop participants will discuss pros and cons of various mechanisms in use and contribute to improvements. One fundamental prerequisite for risk based approaches is a general understanding in our societies for hazards and risks. Education and awareness raising addressing all generations and sectors of our societies is therefore key. Today’s integrative risk management approaches need well educated administrators and practitioners. The workshop shall discuss on how to best raise risk awareness, the type of curricula at university level best suited for professionals in risk reduction and disaster management, and on how risk based knowledge can be applied and used most effective and efficient. Finding ways to bridge gaps between science and practical implementation thus accelerating the knowledge exchange remains an important task for the workshop.

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Training in Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience: The JRC Experience


DG JRC EC, Ispra, Italy

Since 2015, the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) has been conducting several training sessions in the domain of critical infrastructure protection and resilience, which were addressed to both critical infrastructure owners/operators and to Member States’ authorities. The objectives of the trainings are to: a) increase the participants’ awareness on current and emerging security threats and resilience issues, b) improve capacities and provide tools for addressing the aforementioned issues and c) disseminate the knowledge acquired through projects, research activities as well as through networking of experts.

The JRC is in the position to conduct or co-organise these trainings due to its access to a wide community of experts, research results obtained through competitive as well as in-house funded projects and also due to the excellent relationship with owners and operators of critical infrastructures and with the relevant associations that has been forged during the last years. In this presentation a consolidated overview of the experience acquired through the various training activities organized by the JRC or with the cooperation of the JRC will be shown. The topics covered, the lessons learned as well as the future activities in this field will be thoroughly presented.

Roles of Scientific Communities for Disaster Risk Reduction Solutions: Perspectives for the Global Alliance of Disaster Research Institutes (GADRI)

Hirokazu TATANO

Kyoto University, Japan


Capacity development for DRR impact at national and local level

Beatrice PROGIDA

UNITAR, Switzerland


Disaster Risk Management Knowledge Centre


Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, Italy


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