Focus on Side-event of 6th Africa Regional Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction: Strengthening Science, Technology and Academic Engagement

Event: Strengthening Science, Technology and Academic Engagement in Implementing the Yaoundé Framework in Africa: Issues, Challenges and Opportunities

Venue: InterContinental Mauritius Resort Balaclava Fort, Mauritius, Frangipani Room 16h30–17h30, 22 November, 2016

Why this Session?

This session seeks to reflect on the role of science, technology and academic engagement in advancing DRR in Africa, underlining the need for a closer partnership between the science, technology, the academic community and civil society, as well as governmental actors. It particularly aims to foster a dialogue between these constituencies to strengthen government capacities to use science and technology in disaster risk reduction, as well as inform/sharpen the disaster risk focus of the science and technology community. It will review the challenges and potentials in the region in this respect, and aims to stimulate dialogue on making science useful to disaster risk reduction and risk management decision-making.

What will it Achieve?

The session aims to identify:

  • Critical gaps and strategic opportunities for strengthened disaster risk engagement by the science, technology and academic community in Africa.
  • Strategic mechanisms and vehicles for nurturing disaster risk-related science and research in Africa.
  • Opportunities to strengthen partnerships between the STAC communities, civil society and governmental stake-holders at all scales.

What are the Topics?

  1. Physical vulnerability to geo-physical hazards in Africa’s urban areas
    Professor Djillali Benouar, University of Sciences and Technologies Houari
    Boumediene (USTHB), Algeria
  2. Applied integrated disaster risk science for managing drought in dryland areas of Uganda
    Professor Shuaib Lwasa, Makerere University, Uganda
  3. Raising risk awareness – Extreme event attribution to climate change
    Dr Pete Walton, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  4. Insights on strengthening integrated disaster risk research, science and technology from Asia and beyond
    Professor Rajib Shaw, Executive Director, IRDR

Want to know more?

Documents: Side-event, 6th Africa Regional Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction