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Fast-forward: Planning in a (hyper) dynamic urban context. Perm, Russia, 10-13 September 2012

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The main focus of the 48th Congress of the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP) was on dynamic urban change: growth and decline; environmental and socio-political change; natural and human-made disasters. The Congress also considered the relevance of the theme for the host country, and an open planners’ forum was held for contemporary research, practice and ideas. A large number of presentations are available online.

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Outreach on climate change and sustainable development

Posted on: 7 December 2012
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Outreach is a multi-stakeholder publication on climate change and sustainable development produced by Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future. Outreach has been produced at various international meetings on the environment, including the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) meetings since 1997 and at a number of other events such as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations. Acting as a conduit for the multifarious opinions of stakeholders, Outreach aims to empower stakeholders and provide space for debates and discourses on topics being negotiated at intergovernmental meetings. A series of daily editions have been produced during the UNFCCC held in Doha from 26 November – 7 December 2012. Each daily edition focuses on a particular theme: Framework for climate change; Gender and climate change; Climate change and energy; Food security; Forests; Health; Oceans and water; Sustainable cities; Private sector; Disasters.

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City resilience in Africa: A ten essentials pilot

Posted on: 6 December 2012
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Lacking both early-warning systems and risk-reduction budgets, medium-sized towns in Africa are poorly equipped to respond to emergencies provoked by natural disasters, rural-urban migration and ecosystem destruction, according to a new United Nations report.

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Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM) Conference 2012. Edinburgh, 3-5 September 2012

Posted on: 22 November 2012
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This annual event provides a showcase of the best research in international construction management. 134 papers were accepted for the conference and appear in two volumes of conference proceedings which are available online. Papers are listed under the following themes:

Vol.1 : Building Information Modelling; Construction design and technology; Disaster management; Education and learning; Equality and diversity; Forecasting and decision making; Health & safety and respect for people; Human behaviour and culture; Human resource management and skills; Inter-organisational relations and supply chain management.

Vol.2: Offsite construction; Organisational strategy and business performance; Procurement; Project management; Project performance; Research methods and new perspectives; Risk management; Sustainability (Operation and practice); Sustainability (Theory and design).

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The Asian Conference on Sustainability, Energy and the Environment (ACSEE) 2012. Osaka, 3-6 May 2012

Posted on: 22 November 2012
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It is now recognized that the concept of sustainability is applicable to all areas of human society, for example in terms of social/economic justice, responsible business practice, issues such as poverty, hunger, education, health care and access to markets should be a part of the evolution of any comprehensive sustainability paradigm as we work towards a sustainable future. Proceedings from the event are available online.

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5th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Reduction. Yogyakarta, Java, 22-25 October 2012

Posted on: 20 November 2012
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The Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) is a biennial conference organized in different Asian countries since 2005. The event represents a unique opportunity for Ministers in charge of disaster management from the region and key stakeholders to reaffirm their commitment to the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), a global blueprint for disaster risk reduction 2005-2015, which was adopted by 168 UN Member States in the World Conference on Disaster Reduction in Kobe, Japan in 2005. The conference also serves as a forum to exchange experiences on successful practices and innovative approaches in implementing HFA’s five priorities for action at the national and local levels. The event also provided an opportunity to debate and plan for a successor agreement to the Hyogo Framework for Action. Background documents are available online.

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Reducing risks of future disasters: priorities for decision makers

Posted on: 14 November 2012
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This Foresight Projectreport is to be launched on 27 November 2012 , providing advice to decision makers on how science can inform the difficult choices and priorities for investing in disaster risk reduction, so that the diverse impacts of future disasters can be effectively reduced. Throughout, it has drawn upon the latest developments in natural and social science, and lessons from the many existing Disaster Risk Reduction initiatives. Speakers will give presentations on the report’s key findings. Topics include: how science and evidence could help in understanding evolving future disaster risks; how those risks may best be anticipated; and the practical actions that could best be taken in risk reduction. This event is by invitation only. You can, however, register via the ‘register’ tab to watch the event live online.

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Resilient Cities webinars

Posted on: 8 November 2012
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ICLEI Resilient Cities has added some new webinars on the following:

Stakeholders in risk assessments and adaptation. 30 October 2012

This webinar focuses on inclusion of local stakeholders in the community specifically the urban poor and the most vulnerable, into climate change adaptation and more specifically, risk assessment methods.

Urban agriculture and food security.  18 October 2012

This webinar focuses on urban agriculture and food security first looking at multi-stakeholder approaches for cities and how to include urban agriculture in laws and planning. Then the role it has for a city’s resilience and the importance for climate change adaptation.

City to City cooperation on Disaster Risk Reduction.  12 October 2012

This webinar focuses on  the importance of co-operating between cities in order to share knowledge and resources on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).

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Disaster risk assessment and risk financing

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The World Bank with the contribution from 15 other countries and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) have published Disaster Risk Assessment and Risk Financing, a manual for the best practices to deal with natural disasters. The document recommends governments to concentrate on financial stability, to ensure that risks are allocated to the private sector, to establish transparent rules about distributing disaster funds and to consider ahead of time the financial implications of investing in disaster risk reduction projects.

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What natural disasters can teach us

Posted on: 1 November 2012
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Learning about surviving disasters, a study funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), has resulted in a unique bank of research data which provides insights into what makes an effective community response at this critical time. Community responses are key to helping children and young people who survive major natural disasters. The study, led by Professor Lena Dominelli of Durham University, was conducted in Sri Lanka in 12 villages recovering from the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. The research involved people and groups who responded to the needs of these villages after the tsunami struck and throughout the years after – including volunteers and international organisations funding humanitarian aid, students, and staff from universities.

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