Centre for Disaster Resilience collaborate with UNESCO/IOC

Sunday 17 March 2013

Regional Workshop on Coastal Hazards and applications in Risk Assessment and Mitigation organized by UNESCO/IOC, Paris and the University of Mortauwa was held from 19-22 March 2013, Mount Lavinia Hotel.

Professor Dilanthi Amaratunga contributed as a resource person and a facilitator, delivered a lecture (social dimensions of vulnerability) and conducting training sessions (a training workshop on the concept of stake holders in disaster risk reduction and management supplemented by a stakeholder mapping exercise) at the above workshop.

Professor Samantha Hettiarachchi, Chair of  Indian Ocean  (UNESCO/IOC, commended : "In reviewing your excellent presentations and training sessions, I believe they covered a number of areas that went beyond the borders of traditional knowledge transfer. The presentations, based on your immense experience, focused on, among others:

  • Development of resources to enhance professional practice on social dimensions of vulnerability and promoting the concept of resilient cities, emphasizing the importance of incorporating them in city development planning
  • Influence on professional standards on stakeholder mapping
  • Provision of guidelines on promoting risk reduction at the city level
  • Training on identifying stakeholders, understanding their relationship to the intervention and their needs, mapping and prioritising stakeholders, and selecting an engagement strategy for each stakeholder, by building and implementing an effective communication plan based on the stakeholder’s supportiveness and receptiveness
  • Encourage the use of research findings on social dimensions of vulnerability towards the conduct of professional work and practice
  • Stimulation of practitioner debate on concepts such as vulnerability, promoting disaster resilient cities and the importance of identification of stakeholders in the disaster risk reduction process.

UNESCO will be working closely on these concepts in promoting the acceptance of research findings to define best practice, formulate policy, and to lobby government and  other stakeholders."