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5th DRMKC annual Seminar

Towards the science pillar of the Union Civil Protection Knowledge Network

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The world is facing significant social, economic and environmental challenges exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic which brought profound implications to our societies and the way we organize ourselves to protect people, property and economic interests. The early warning of this era of disasters is arriving almost daily in news reports from across the globe of record-breaking heatwaves, prolonged droughts, forest fires, flooding, sea-level rise and record-setting storms. The succession of record-breaking disasters that have swept the globe during this summer of 2021 are challenging our understanding of extreme events. There have been serious floods in China and Western Europe, heatwaves and drought in North America and wildfires in the sub-Arctic and in multiple other countries around the globe. Managing disasters amid the COVID-19 pandemic is an emerging challenge calling for the establishment of strong alliances, in particular between scientists, practitioners and decision makers to reinforce our capacities to better protect our future.



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Wednesday, 17 November 2021

  1. 09:30 - 10:00
    Opening remarks from Directors from JRC and DG ECHO and Slovenian Presidency

    Introductory remarks from the co-chairs of the Disaster Risk Management Knowledge Centre, the Joint Research Centre and DG European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations, as well as the Slovenian Presidency, contextualizing the Annual Seminar in the roadmap to implement the Civil Protection legislation.


  2. 10:00 - 11:15
    SESSION 1: Looking back: 5 years of knowledge management

    The DRMKC was launched in 2015 and has fueled interdisciplinary, cross-sectoral and transnational dialogue. The many partners of the DRMKC have contributed to and benefited from the knowledge shared and created through the Knowledge Centre, for example through more integrated research, more coherent policy, and better analysis for operations. This session will look back at what has been achieved, and which challenges are remaining.


  3. 11:15 - 11:30
  4. 11:30 - 12:45
    SESSION 2: Research Gap: compound, cascading and concurrent hazardous events

    Dealing with compound, cascading and concurrent hazardous events remains challenging. In this session, we review the current understanding and recent research findings, with a specific focus on good practices to include them in national risk assessments. The session will also open a dialogue on approaches for managing compound disaster risks.


  5. 12:45 - 14:15
    Lunch Break
  6. 14:15 - 17:00
    SESSION 3: Science for Scenario Building

    The new civil protection legislation calls for the development of scenarios. This session will look at the science behind scenarios, reviewing existing methodologies and processes, and discussing uncertainty on emerging and future risks. Two different types of disaster scenarios will be addressed: 1) Foresight scenarios for prevention which are of concern for long-term views of sustainable development and 2) Operational scenarios for preparedness which consider disaster events, which trigger severe, acute impacts and human, physical, economic, and or environmental loss.



Thursday, 18 November 2021

  1. 09:00 - 10:45
    SESSION 4: Science for Union Disaster Resilience Goals

    The new civil protection legislation calls for the development of Union Disaster Resilience Goals. In the well-defined policy context of the Union Civil Protection Mechanism, we will discuss the available science and evidence, as well as lessons learned from existing disaster resilience frameworks, systems and tools.


  2. 10:45 - 11:00
  3. 11:00 - 12:30
    SESSION 5: Co-designing the Science Pillar – Polling (slido)

    The seminar will conclude with an interactive session to identify the priority actions for the Science Pillar of the Knowledge Network. It is an opportunity for the Member States, Participating States and other stakeholders of the Knowledge Centre to shape the Science Pillar. We will listen to what you think will make a difference in the world of science for disaster risk management, and how the DRMKC and Science Pillar can contribute.


  4. 12:30 - 13:00
    Conclusion and Outlook

    Wrap-up from moderators of the 5 sessions.



Thursday, 18 November 2021

  1. 14:00 - 16:00
    Preparatory Working Group 7th Meeting

    Dedicated discussion on the governance of the Science pillar (only with invited representatives of the MS/PS) within the framework of Preparatory Working Group of the UCP Knowledge Network



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