Side Events


ESPRESSO Challenge : Workshop on Enhancing disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation Synergies for Disaster Prevention

Organiser(s): Global Disaster Resilience Centre, University of Huddersfield, UK

ESPREssO project, funded by the European Commission’s H2020 Research and innovation programmes aims at contributing to a new strategic vision to approach disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, thereby opening new frontiers for research and policy making.

To achieve this goal, the project structure is built upon the central role of three main challenges to be addressed in order to propose ways to mitigate differences, identify gaps, and overcome the boundaries among different topics:

Within this context, this workshop will tackle the following key questions:

  1. What synergies and conflicts exist between CCA and DRR strategies? What barriers exist in terms of synergising CCA with DRR? (e.g. language, institutional, timescales, frameworks, scale, science-policy dialogue, budgets, traditional/scientific knowledge)
  2. How might these barriers be overcome? What good practices of integration and/or synergising CCA and DRR exist in your country?
  3. How can we increase the political will to tackle CCA and DRR?
  4. Is there a difference between PERCEIVED and ACTUAL Climate Change issues and adaptation measures, and similarly with Disaster Risk Reduction? i.e. is what stakeholders BELIEVE to be happening, actually correct?
  5. Is disaster risk and climate change information accessible? Are there gaps in the risk and climate change information that is available? Are the policies being made, suitable for current and projected situations?
  6. How can we develop a more coherent approach to CCA and DRR, going beyond traditional risk concepts and including resilience and to understand and cope with uncertainty?
  7. What are the possible transition pathways and the hallmarks of a new and effective strategy?


ESPRESSO project partners include:

For more details, please visit the ESPRESSO web site:





Thematic Session on : “Building Resilience of Vulnerable Communities in the Face of Natural Disasters”

Organiser(s): Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (APDC), Bangkok, Thailand

Scope: This conference is been jointly organized by the Global Disaster Resilience Centre at the University of Huddersfield in the United Kingdom, and Chiang Mai University, Naresuan University and the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center in Thailand. The conference aims to bring together the scientific community, policy makers, practitioners and researchers from all geographical regions, at local, national, regional and international levels to share state of the art research, and discuss how the scientific community will best support the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. The conference will also consider ways to support integration of Sendai with the Paris Agreement of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Sustainable Development Goals).

The session will include keynote addresses followed by panel discussions in the following areas:

ADPC Engagement through its BRACED Program: Considering the scope of the conference, it appears that this event would be a good platform for BRACED to display some of their uptake activities through a thematic session. ADPC therefore, proposes to organize a thematic session on “Building Resilience of Vulnerable Communities in the Face of Natural Disasters.” The main objective of this session will be to broaden the enabling environment towards achieving community resilience and discuss approaches and opportunities to scale up community resilience to the next level in BRACED countries while also promoting innovative solutions to enable people to enhance their safety and strengthen resilience.


Making Cities Resilient Campaign meeting

Organiser(s): United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction; Global Disaster Resilience Centre, University of Huddersfield, UK

The Conference includes a meeting of the Making Cities Resilient Campaign latest developments and initiatives. Please refer to the programme for venue and timing information.


The Making Cities Resilient: 'My City is getting ready!' Campaign, launched in May 2010, has been successful in raising the awareness and political profile for disaster risk reduction and resilience among cities, creating a broad alliance and platform for dialogue and exchange, and developing some basic tools with technical content to guide capacity development and implementation of resilient cities. Upon the recommendation of partners, cities, and based on the Mayors Statement at the 3rd session of Global Platform (2011), the campaign was extended beyond 2015.

A Campaign Advisory Panel was established in 2010. In consultation with the partner organizations, UNISDR appointed 16 experts to this Panel based on their individual capacity, area of expertise in relation to the Ten Essentials with geographical balance. This Advisory Panel was an informal group that provided guidance to UNISDR on raising the profile of the subject, engaging cities and partners to the Campaign, and on technical aspects. For the next phase of the Campaign the Advisory Panel will be replaced by a “Steering Committee”.

The Steering Committee of the Making Cities Resilient Campaign supports the implementation and monitoring of the Resilient Cities Alliance. The Steering Committee guides and supports the implementation and monitoring of the Campaign. The Committee consists of local governments, parliamentarians, international organizations, NGOs, scientific or academic institutions and private sector representatives.

Further details on the campaign is available at :


Signature of MoU between Defence Technology Institute (DTI) and the Strategic Partners -
‘Simulation of Military Assistance during Emergency and Communication Blackout" project

Project brief

Background and Significance:

The military simulation and training technologies need to provide common operation picture (COP) of an emergency and disaster management for almost real-time situation awareness to make critical decision. The project will provide the realization of the situation where current information, i.e., rescuer position, geo-location, in situ photos and live videos, is simultaneously updated to keep pace with real world situation. The data is transmitted live from the rescuers to the command and control via the UAV broadband network. Game Engine plays as a theater that all data interact in a common view.

  1. To apply COP concept using 3D mapping from UAV image acquisition
  2. To simultaneously model on-site military operations during emergency and communication blackout
  3. To simulate the emergency within the realm of C4ISR
  1. 3D COP from UAV image acquisition,
  2. Communication system for military assistance during emergency and communication Blackout, and
  3. Real-time incident simulation within C4ISR

Complete military simulation and training either non-combatant or combatant missions

  1. Security – complete chain of command and common understanding of strategic, operational and tactical levels of situation
  2. Economic - In support of defense purposes and other non-combatant missions that involve military operations such as disaster prevention and mitigation, civil-military operations in response to natural disasters to avoid multilateral loss and casualties.



Special Thematic Discussion - Climate Models, Weather Risks, Critical Infrastructure and Cities

As part of the EU Horizon 2020 funded EU-CIRCLE project titled “A pan-European framework for strengthening Critical Infrastructure resilience to climate change” (, a group of partners have put together an exciting themed discussion where two of its case studies are showcased. The EU-CIRCLE project team encourages other participants to join the session whereby a potential table top exercise will be conducted to identify stakeholder requirements and impact for better planning of critical infrastructure subjected to climate change impacts particularly within the countries in the region.

The two case studies show cased specifically are: Impact of urban coastal flooding in Torbay, UK and impact of cyclonic stresses and their effects on critical infrastructure within the Khulna city in Bangladesh. The EU-CIRCLE team have organised the following presentations within this special themed discussion as follows.

As a primary function of the special themed discussion, we would like all delegates of the ICBR 2017 to express any special interests that they would like to be further discussed and presented which we are encouraging and supporting as part of this special themed session. Please write via email to Prof. Bingunath Ingirige, Global Disaster Resilience Centre (GDRC), University of Huddersfield, UK (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) . We would like to hear any ideas that we can incorporate within our special themed discussion.




Special Thematic Session - Resilience of businesses and economies in the face of natural hazards

Disaster resilience of businesses in many countries is challenged by higher intensity and frequency of natural hazards, especially in the recent decades. Cities have become more vulnerable due to concentration of physical assets of high value, businesses, unplanned infrastructure and dense populations. Flooding, which affects many countries for instance, can have a crippling effect on local economies in extreme situations. Whilst both the physical and the human costs of flooding tend to be well documented in literature, the broader economic effects and the disruption and damage to businesses tend to be often overlooked and under researched. Of businesses, SMEs tend to be more vulnerable to flooding and other natural hazards than their larger counterparts. But on the other hand SMEs play a greater role in energising the local economies by providing employment and maintaining vibrancy and appeal as a community hub. Their positive engagement can improve the uptake of resilience and improve disaster risk reduction measures. Although flooding is primarily a problem faced in many countries, other hazards such as droughts, landslides and heavy storms can also impact on businesses and the economies. The overall benefit of engaging business has recently received a resurgence of interest at an international level with UNISDR’s Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015-2030) calling for businesses to integrate disaster risk into their management practices.

We invite all interested delegates to attend the session. The session will include keynote speeches and a panel discussion as follows:


Special Session coordinators

Mr. Aslam Perwaiz & Dr. Senaka Basnayake – Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), Bangkok, Thailand.

Prof. Bingunath Ingirige, Global Disaster Resilience Centre (GDRC), University of Huddersfield, UK


Please contact Dr. Senaka Basnayake via Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for more details of the special event