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Jeudi 5 juin 2014

 

From Natural Disasters to Natural Defenses –Seeing Nature as a Part of the Solution
Seminar (in English)

The Partnership for Environment and Disaster Risk Reduction (PEDRR) has initiated a Quarterly Seminar Series entitled, “Disasters, Resilience and Eco-Solutions”, based in Geneva, Switzerland. The main aim of the series is to stimulate awareness, discussion and debate on sustainable ecosystem management solutions for building resilience to disasters and its relevance for public policy. It brings together scientists, researchers, practitioners as well as policymakers and aims to reach out to the wider Geneva public.

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The past year saw the highest number of billion- dollar weather disasters across the globe.  The U.K. is experiencing the most exceptional period of rainfall in 248 years and the Philippines is still recovering from one of the most powerful typhoons on record.  Science is struggling to provide robust evidence about the extent to which these disasters are “natural”, whether caused by climate change, or people having encroached into hazardous areas – or a combination of all the above.

The IPCC’s recent Fifth Assessment report – “Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis” clearly links climate changes with human activity, “Human influence on the climate system is clear. This is evident from the increasing greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere, positive radiative forcing, observed warming, and understanding of the climate system.” Although the IPCC SREX report provided much evidence linking climate change with some extreme events, mainly heat waves and sea level rise, it left questions as to whether all extreme events – such as typhoons and flooding are climate change-induced or rather due to increased exposure through poor land use planning.

As preparations toward the Hyogo Framework for Action post-2015 accelerate, pressure is being placed on scientists to provide accurate, non-politicized answers to guide policy decisions on disaster risk reduction and climate change actions.  In parallel, policy makers are increasingly realizing the limits of conventional solutions to protecting its citizens from disasters. River dykes, sea walls, dams and other engineered protection measures no longer suffice to reduce increasingly unpredictable hazard events. Rather, governments are increasingly seeking more natural defenses for disaster risk reduction through programmes such as “making space for water” in several European countries, green belts along the coast of Japan or investing in sand dunes and green spaces in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. 

The goal of this PEDRR quarterly seminar is to explore the question whether nature is to blame or should it be promoted as a solution for reducing disaster risks.  To what extent are policy makers willing to embrace natural defenses as solutions, and what are the barriers to such strategies being implemented as part of the HFA post 2015 policy arena?

Speakers:
Her Excellency, Ms Norlyn Baja
Deputy Permanent Representative
Permanent Mission of the Philippines to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva

Dr. Pascal Peduzzi, Head of Global Change & Vulnerability Unit, UNEP-GRID/EUROPE, and Lead Author IPCC Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX)

Moderated by:
Dr. Karen Sudmeier-Riuex, IUCN Commission on Ecosystems Management, Head of Thematic Group on Disaster Risk Reduction

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Horaire
de 11h à 12h30

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Lieu
Maison internationale de l'environnement

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Transport
Bus : 6 ; 19 ; 22; 51 (arrêt : Châtelaine)
Tram : 14 (arrêt : Balexert)

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