Disaster Management Institute of Southern Africa (DMISA) to hold 29th Annual Conference

Disaster Management Institute of Southern Africa (DMISA) Conference in partnership with Dealing with Disasters (DwD) 2014

17th – 18th September, 2014, Sibaya – Imbizo Conference Centre, Umhlanga Rocks, eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality, KZN Province, South Africa

Theme: ‘Building Disaster Resilience is Everybody’s Business’


The Annual Conference of the Institute is the biggest Disaster Management Conference in Africa and routinely attracts more than 350 delegates. The Institute is recognized as the mouthpiece of the Disaster Management profession in Southern Africa. The Institute presents Conference 2014 in partnership with the Northumbria University, South Africa Local Government Association (SALGA), the National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC), SA Weather Service (SAWS) and the United Nations’ International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR). The conference provides an annual opportunity for a diverse range of stakeholders in disaster management from across Africa to gather and share skills, knowledge and experience.

This year’s conference will be hosted by the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality, KZN Province, South Africa.

Inputs are particularly encouraged on the following in relation to local resilience:

  • Why build Disaster Resilience?
  • Disaster Resilience in Communication Networks
  • Putting Disaster Resilience into Practice
  • Climate Change & Developing Resilience (by climate change we refer to either short term variability of its properties or those that persist for extended periods, typically decades)
  • Children and Disasters: Building resilience through education (though can extend beyond children’s education)
  • Building Resilience and Business Continuity
  • Building Resilience through Early Warning Systems
  • Resilience Across the Changing Urban – Rural Interface
  • Health Centred Disaster Resilience
  • Weather and Climate Meteorological and Hydrological Services to Enhance Community Resilience
  • Funding as a Tool in Building Disaster Resilience

The call for abstracts for this year’s combined DMISA / DwD event in Southern Africa will be open until 18th July.

More details can be found at: http://www.disaster.co.za/index.php?id=21.