Session 6: Regional Collaboration on applications of S&T in preventing future risk
11:00 am -12:20 pm, April 18, 2018
Chaired by Dr. Guoyi HAN, Stockholm Environment Institute,Sweden,
Dr. Guoyi Han is a Senior Research Fellow at the Stockholm Environment Institute. He specializes in nature-society synthesis in the areas of water resources, human dimensions of environmental change, hazard and disaster risk, and applications of Geographic Information System (GIS). His earlier research experience concentrated on watershed management in connection with non-point source water pollution control. Over the years, his research has expanded to include environmental impact assessment, regional environmental planning, risk analysis and hazard management, dynamic nature of vulnerability and resilience of human-environment systems. More recently, he has been focused on issues of transforming development and disaster risk; energy security and climate policy in China; China and its transition, and the broad environmental, resource and social implications of such transition to China and globally. Dr. Han holds a bachelor’s degree in geography and a master’s degree in environmental sciences, both from the Beijing Normal University. He received his doctorate degree in human geography from the Clark University.
Co-Chaired by Prof. Renhe ZHANG, Fudan University, China,
Professor Renhe Zhang got his bachelor degree at Lanzhou University in 1982, master and doctor degrees at Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (IAP/CAS) in 1987 and 1991, respectively. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Tokyo in 1994-1995, a visiting scientist at University of Maryland in 1998-1999, and a professor at IAP/CAS in 1995-2001 and at Chinese Academy of Meteorological Sciences (CAMS) in 2001-2015, respectively. He acted as the deputy director-general of IAP/CAS in 1999-2001 and president of CAMS in 2001-2012. He was elected to be an Academician of CAS in 2015. He has been a professor and director of Institute of Atmospheric Sciences, Fudan University since 2016. His research fields include large-scale tropical air-sea interaction, Asian monsoon and Tibetan Plateau meteorology. He has published more than 230 peer reviewed papers in both English and Chinese academic journals.
1. Ms. Irina RAFLIANA, ICIAR LIPI, Indonesia,
2. Prof. John HANDMER, the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia,
3. Dr. Gregor LECKEBUSCH, University of Birmingham, UK,
4. Prof. Norio OKADA, KU-DPRI, Japan,
5. Prof. Ye QI, Tsinghua Univ., China,
6. Dr. Sha SONG, World Economic Forum,
From ‘disaster risk reduction’ to ‘resisting disaster risk creation’, from ‘corrective’ to ‘prospective’ disaster risk management, many are calling for a new paradigm shift in managing disaster risks. The call is the result of the realization that, unless we focus on the creation of risk we will never be able to fundamentally transform the relationship between development and disaster risk.
In today’s increasingly interconnected world, development is no longer ‘local’, since the impacts are far-reaching. Thus, regional collaboration is essential for such transformation. What would be the role of science and technology and how can the application of science and technology enable such transformation? How can science and technology community induce and support such transformation through better regional cooperation? Those are the key questions to be discussed in the last session of the 2nd Asian Science and Technology Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction.
Regional cooperation is an essential component for the application of science and technology in disaster risk reduction as well as preventing risk creation. It incorporates several levels of cooperation. First, it is essential to cultivate and strengthen the interdisciplinary approach in understanding and managing disaster risks, which requires cooperation among disciplines as well as programs that nurture the interaction and integration of multiple perspectives. Second, promoting regional cooperation also requires collaboration among various actors from government, research community, to business, practitioners, to the public. Lastly, it requires cooperation between countries in the development of their national and local disaster risk reduction strategies.
To exchange experiences and learning and to stimulate a discussion along those lines, we situate the session into two more specific contexts: i) how to ensure the application of science and technology in the development of national and local disaster risk reduction strategies, linking to the realization of Target E of the SFDRR by 2020; and ii) how to ensure and enhance the application of science and technology in building resilience infrastructure, linking to preventing future risks in major development initiatives such as the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).