14 May 2018 - 18 May 2018
Mexico City, Mexico

IIASA at Understanding Risk Forum (UR)

The UR Forum brings together the global community of risk research and practice to discuss innovation in the creation, communication, and use of disaster and climate risk information. The event features five days of groundbreaking insight, facilitates nontraditional partnerships, and showcases new technical know-how in risk information.

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IIASA is running and participating in a number of sessions in particular building on work with the Flood Resilience Alliance.

Community flood resilience – Can you measure it, yes you can! Experiences of using the Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance Measurement Tool

The Flood Resilience Alliance and its partners Red Cross (represented by its Mexican General Secretary), Zurich Insurance, Practical Action and IIASA run a side event on the Flood Resilience Measurement Tool, which has been applied to more than 100 communities in over 10 countries globally. The session will feature how the tool has supported communities better understand their resilience options, and inform humanitarian and development project implementation, programming and policy formulation.

Comprehensive climate risk management for resilient SMEs

The GIZ run session discusses comprehensive climate risk assessments and smart management options for small-and medium sized enterprises. IIASA will present global insight from its Resilience Measurement.

Comprehensive climate risk management – dealing with climate-related loss and damage

The session convened by GIZ introduces the concept of climate risk management as a comprehensive approach to deal with potential future loss and damage that go beyond the ability of communities and countries to adapt to climate-related risks. IIASA will present science-based approaches and an application to India.

From space to finance: a new framework for earth observation, humanitarian, and insurance sectors

Organized by NASA, the session examines the potential for integrating Earth observation data, risk information products, and decision support tools in order to make substantive improvements in risk readiness and action. IIASA will present its innovative crowd-souring and citizen science work as conducted in Peru and Nepal.

Book: Science for Loss and Damage. Concepts, Methods and Policy Options [Mechler, R., Bouwer, L., Schinko, T., Surminski, S, Linnerooth-Bayer, J. eds, Springer forthcoming]

The book provides critical insight into the Loss and Damage discourse by highlighting state-of-the-art research and policy related to Loss and Damage. It articulates the multiple concepts, principles and methods relevant for the debate, including those that have only recently become available. This volume is the first comprehensive outcome of the Loss and Damage Network, a science-policy-practice partnership effort by scientists and practitioners from more than 20 institutions around the globe.

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