GEO participates in Key Global Events on Disaster Risk Reduction
9 February 2018
As part of its engagement priority efforts to support the 2015 Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) took part in several key global events over the past few months.
A High Level Panel at the Global Forum on Science and Technology for Disaster Resilience this past November in Tokyo brought together participants to plan guidelines to strengthen national platforms and coordination mechanisms for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) through enhanced contribution of Science – including Earth observations. This forum also discussed plans for Periodic Synthesis Reports on the state of Science and Technology for Reducing Disaster Risk, including developments in Earth Observations to improve support perspective and communication.
Also in November, GEO participated in a risk modeling workshop organized in Geneva by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction’s (UNISDR). Several members of the GEO community attended, including NASA’s Disasters Manager David Green, and Stefano Salvi of GEO’s Geohazard Supersites & Natural Laboratories (GSNL) Initiative. Disaster risk reduction experts used this forum to discuss a new Global Risk Assessment Framework that would support the implementation of the Sendai Framework.
Earth Observations for Disaster Risk Reduction
Earth observations are essential to forecast and prepare for disasters, to mitigate damage and to better manage and recover from disaster events. GEO, through its community and Work Programme activities, is working to improve the use of Earth observations for disaster risk reduction. A substantial reduction of loss of life and property can be achieved by strengthening cooperation and data sharing from satellite and surface data. Better information, made widely accessible, leads to improved understanding of disaster risks posed by fires, floods, earthquakes and other hazards.
The GEO Secretariat’s disaster coordination work is expected to develop as it welcomes UK virtual secondee James Norris, of Ordnance Survey Great Britain, to the team. James joins Steven Ramage and JAXA secondee Akiko Noda in this effort.
For more information on the Forum in Tokyo, on the Global Risk Assessment Framework Meeting in Geneva, and on GEO’s work on Disaster Risk Reduction, please see the links below:
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