Centre for Disaster Resilience becomes an academic partner of UN’s World Disaster Reduction Campaign on building resilience cities

Saturday 1 January 2011

Disaster management activities that are being carried out by School of the Built Environment’s Centre for Disaster Resilience has been recognised by identifying the Centre as one of the five academic partners of the UNISDR’s (United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction) 2010 – 2011 UNISDR World Disaster Reduction Campaign on Building Resilience Cities.

Accordingly, Centre’s specific involvement towards implementation of the 2010 – 2011 UNISDR World Disaster Reduction Campaign on Building Resilience Cities will be built around:

  • Contribute as a main global partner in the campaign, representing academic, technical and expert institutions
  • Contribution toward the overall goal - empower local governments with stronger national policies to invest in risk reduction at local level, as part of urban and regional development plans by working with them closely
  • Contribution towards action lines of the campaign:
    TO CONNECT: Build partnerships between local and national authorities, with local actors, civil society groups, academia and expert organizations
    TO INFORM: Raise the awareness on urban disaster risk, how to address these risks as part of development planning, safer schools and hospitals, local government services and by citizens and other local actors.
    TO LEARN AND IMPLEMENT: Increase the knowledge and improve access to tools, technology and capacity development opportunities for local governments and local actors.
  • Contribute towards the campaign in terms of: convene a virtual consultative group globally to guide the campaign; convene platforms or task forces for collaboration in the regions

Centre for Disaster Resilience is already working with “Batticaloa District” in Eastern Sri Lanka, in respect of a nomination for “Resilient City Participant” status.

The District was severely affected due to the 2004 Tsunami and by the country’s 30 year long civil war. Salford University will be working very closely with the Batticaloa District’s local government and a range of national and international partners towards improvement in the following steps for city resilience:

  • Make Disaster Risk Reduction a Priority
  • Know the Risks and Take Action
  • Build Understanding and Awareness
  • Reduce Risk

Along with UNISR, a high impact workshop will be held with the involvement of the Central and Local Government, Mayor of the City and other Government bodies in Eastern Sri Lanka in the summer 2010. 

If you want further details on this “resilience cities” initiative and Salford’s involvement in it, please contact Dr. Richard Haigh for further information, who is leading Salford’s initiative.