Lecture 'Meet the PhD Jury: Geographical information and disaster risk reduction'

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Students, Employees, Alumni, Secondary teachers
27-11-2019 from 09:30 to 12:00
Campus Sterre, building S8, 2nd floor, room 2.1, Krijgslaan 281, 9000 Gent
Department of Geography, Faculty of Sciences
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Discussion of geographical information and role of communication for Early Warning, Disaster Reduction Management and Disaster Risk Reduction, by Milan Konecny (Masaryk University, Brno).

Geographic information (GI) and related technologies are playing key roles in all the aspects of Early Warning (EW), Disaster Reduction Management (DRM) and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). GI has in the Big Data era an enormous potential for DRR. In this context the Sendai Framework for DRR 2015-2030, with 7 targets and 4 priorities for action, has an important role for geoinformatics and cartography. Communication with the decision makers and the wide society needs still a better individualization of the information for selected groups as children, seniors and other vulnerable groups.
Even if the States have still the primary role to reduce disaster risk, this responsibility should be shared with other stakeholders such as local governments, private sector and citizens. What could then be the input of citizen sciences for EW and DRR?
Links will be discussed with the research at the Department of Geography of UGent in DRR.