14 November 2018 - 16 November 2018
Lisbon, Portugal

The 8th International Conference on Building Resilience (ICBR)

Scientists from the RISK program are contributing to the International Conference on Building Resilience (ICBR), which hosts around 300 scientists, practitioners, business leaders and policymakers from around the world in the field of disaster risk and resilience to connect, learn and inspire.

© Liam McKay | public domain

© Liam McKay | public domain

The Resilience Building Conference is an annual international conference exploring resilience as a useful framework of analysis for how society can cope with the threat of natural and human-induced hazards.

In 2018, the focus will be on “Risk and Resilience in practice: Vulnerabilities, Displaced People, Local Communities and Heritages”. The goal of this conference is to promote the sharing and discussion of current and future trends in understanding, modeling and managing resilience-related domains.

IIASA and the RISK program is contributing to a session on “Investing in resilience: the economics of disaster risk reduction” to report on the Flood Resilience Measurement Tool pioneered by the Flood Resilience Alliance with key contributions by IIASA. The Flood Resilience Measurement Tool has been applied to more than 100 communities in over 10 countries globally.

Finn Laurien (RISK) will give his talk on new insights on how to measure disaster resilience, develop indicators. His presentation will further outline how this measurement tool has supported communities to better understand their disaster and climate resilience options, and inform humanitarian and development project implementation, programming and policy formulation.

The Flood Resilience Project

The Zurich Flood Resilience Alliance is a multi-sectoral partnership focusing on finding practical ways to help communities in developed and developing countries strengthen their resilience to flood risk.

In December 2017, the Z Zurich Foundation and Zurich Insurance agreed to provide long-term flexible funding of approximately 21 million USD, as well as in-kind support, for a second project phase to replicate and scale up the work begun with a significantly enlarged Alliance for another five years (until 2023). Besides IIASA, the new Alliance partners are: Concern Worldwide, the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC), the Institute for Social and Environmental Transition-International (ISET-International), the London School of Economics, MercyCorps, Plan International, Practical Action, and Zurich Insurance.

Building resilience conference series

Since 2006, the International Conference on Building Resilience series was established in 2006 by Professors Dilanthi Amaratunga and Richard Haigh, now at the Global Disaster Resilience Centre at the University of Huddersfield in the UK. The first conference was held in 2008 at Heritance Kandalama near Dambulla in Sri Lanka. Since then, the conference has been held in Sri Lanka (2011, 2013), the UK (2014), Australia (2015), New Zealand (2016) and Thailand (2017).

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