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Disaster Risk Management in the Information Age

 
Begins:   Oct 08, 2008 09:00
Ends:   Oct 09, 2008 12:45


International Day for Disaster Reduction at the World Bank

Disaster Risk Management in the Information Age

A joint training workshop by GICT, GFDRR, infoDev and LCSUW to mark the International Day for Disaster Reduction

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Program Description

Between 1980 and 2006, natural disasters killed more than 2 million people worldwide and reported damages totaled 1.2 trillion USD. For example, the 2005 Pakistan earthquake caused about $5 billion damages. There were 5,210 disasters worldwide between 1991 and 2005. The World Bank has a large lending portfolio of natural disaster risk management projects: 195 active and pipeline projects amounting to over $8 billion. How does information revolution change the way we deal with disasters?

The key objective of this workshop was to raise awareness of World Bank operational staff on the opportunities to improve the impact of disaster risk management projects via innovative and effective use of ICT and to help them understand better key lessons learned, success factors and good practices. A series of case studies and presentations discussed the enabling and transformational role of ICT applications throughout the full cycle of Disaster Risk Management activities: risk assessment, mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.

The Workshop identified challenges and key issues, best practices and critical success factors, latest trends, solutions and technologies, as well as the policy recommendations and opportunities for mainstreaming and more effective use of ICT in the World Bank disaster risk management portfolio.

The workshop featured a number of distinguished internal and external experts.

External Speakers:

Chanuka Wattegama (LIRNEasia, formerly with UNDP)

Alta Haggarty (UN OCHA)

Charles Scawthorn (Kyoto University)

Carmelle Terborgh (ESRI)

Inderjit Claire (RMSI)

Gisli Olafsson (Microsoft)

Andrew Levy (IBM)

Gianluca Bruni (UN World Food Program, via VC from Rome)

Paul Margie (Telecom Sans Frontiers)

S. Rangarajan (World Space)

John C. Scott (Center for Public Service Communications)

Eric Rasmussen (InSTEDD)

Bank Speakers:

Saroj Jha (GFDRR)

Philippe Dongier (GICT)

Valerie D'Costa (infoDev)

Hemang Karelia (GFDRR)

Francis Ghesquiere (LCSUW)

Uwe Deichmann (DEC/GIS Thematic Group)

Ramesh Siva (GICT)

Trond Vedeld (AFR)

Reza Firuzabadi (SDNIS)

Sanjaya Bhatia (GFDRR)

Samia Melhem (GICT/e-Development Thematic Group)

Rosanna Nitti (MNA)

David Gray (LAC)


Archived Webcasts can be watched here:

Oct 8, 2008, 9 am – 12:15 pm: Disaster Risk Management in the Information Age (Workshop Part I)

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Real Media (public access, higher speed)

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Windows Media (Bank staff, higher speed)

Oct. 9, 2008: 9 am – 12:45 pm: Disaster Risk Management in the Information Age (Workshop Part II)

Windows Media (Bank Staff, higher speed)

Windows Media (public access, low-speed with chat and slides, scroll down to last page)


Partner event: Oct. 8, 2008: 12:15 – 1:30 pm Central American Probabilistic Risk Assessment (CAPRA)—Brown Bag Luncheon seminar

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Windows Media (public access, higher speed)


Partner event: October 8, 2008, 2 pm – 6 pm The World Bank’s Expanding Role in Disaster Risk Reduction

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Windows Media (public access, higher speed)

Relevant links:

LIRNEasia's Haz-info project

Role of ICTs in Risk Communication in Asia Pacific

UNDP Asian Tsunami Cross Country Tracking

ITU Emergency Telecoms Newslog for Disaster Management 

Strong Angel III Integrated Disaster Response Demonstration



Permanent URL for this page: http://go.worldbank.org/BSWA8ECOS0

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