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2nd International disaster and risk conference IDRC Davos 2008

In person

The conference motto for IDRC Davos 2008 is: Public-private partnership – key for integral risk management and climate change adaptation.

IDRC Davos 2008 will address global problems and attract participants from all over the globe. We expect more than 1300 participants from 130 countries.

The conference will take an integrated, multidisciplinary approach when addressing the different kinds of risks affecting society today, risks which might be far beyond any particular stakeholder’s capacity to control and that may adversely affect multiple parties across geographic borders, sectors and industries. 

IDRC Davos 2008 will address a broad range of risks and threats including natural hazards, risks of a technical, biological and chemical nature, but also climate change, pandemics and terrorism, with a clear focus on a consistent and systematic risk management approach, to be able to take effective and efficient decisions for disaster risk reduction and mitigation measures, which lead to transparent and comparable results in different risk situations.

The conference committee will highly appreciate receiving abstracts which focus on lessons learned, case studies or best practice examples, in particular also abstracts on experiences with public-private-partnership projects and initiatives (deadline 15 January 2008).

Cross-cutting themes include:

  1. urban risks
  2. risk governance
  3. risk dialogue
  4. sustainable livelihood
  5. gender and disasters
  6. ethics in risk management
  7. environmental vulnerability
  8. regional aspects in disaster reduction and risk management


Specific conference topics for IDRC Davos 2008:

  1. topic 1:  integral risk management
  2. topic 2:  climate change mitigation and adaptation
  3. topic 3:  pandemics, diseases
  4. topic 4:  critical infrastructures


The expected outcome of IDRC Davos 2008 is to build stronger ties between disaster and risk management communities and sectors, in particular with the private sector, and to devise approaches to move towards a more truly integrated way of thinking about disaster and risk management – in line with the conference motto: “public-private partnership – key for integral risk management and climate change adaptation”.

You have the opportunity to present a paper or a poster at IDRC Davos 2008 and are kindly invited submit an abstract or propose a special session on a topic of your own.



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