Disaster risk and vulnerability conference 2011

Organizer(s) Mahatma Gandhi University


The conference aims to bring together specialists, practitioners, academics, students and the public to a common platform. Discussions on disaster management, risk and vulnerability reduction can lead to increased awareness of disasters and its various hues, strategies for resiliency, and newer technologies for disaster management. This is an important component of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which state that 'Disaster Risk Reduction and increasing resilience to all types of natural hazards in developing countries can have multiplier effects and accelerate achievement of the MDGs’.

The three-day conference provides an ideal venue for networking amongst disaster management enthusiasts, and the conference aims to throw up newer ideas that could go a long way in streamlining disaster management activities of the region.nation. The conference would be a premier event for disaster management professionals, scholars and students offering unique educational and operational knowledge sharing within the broad spectrum of disaster management.

Thematic Sessions

A.  Science and facts of Disasters

- Hydro-meteorological disasters
- Earthquakes and landslides
- Industrial and Chemical disasters
- Disaster Resistant Construction
- Fire & Emergency Service

B.  Disaster Management and public administration

- MDGs and Disaster Risk Reduction
- Disaster management and government policy making
- Economics of disasters: micro-finance and insurance
- Corporate Sector in Disaster Management
- Urban risk management- Infrastructure and Communication
- Post Disaster Recovery and Reconstruction

C. Disaster Response and Emergency Management

- Role of NDRF in disaster response
- Mass casualty Management
- Humanitarian Aid and Logistics
- Public Health Emergencies
- Sanitation, safe water, food and nutrition
- Adaptive Social Protection

D. Technological Applications

- Remote Sensing and GIS Applications
- Risk Assessment and Vulnerability analysis
- Early warning and Disaster Communication
- Crowd sourcing and Citizens as sensors

E. Community Participation and Education

- Community-based DM and public awareness
- NGOs in disaster management
- Disaster resilience in vulnerable sectors
- Needs assessment- Post disaster Reconstruction and recovery
- Training tool kits for Disaster Management
- Disaster Management Education in India

F. Cross-cutting themes

- Psychosocial support & mental health services
- Gender issues in Disaster Management
- Disasters and Climate Change
- Food Security, Nutrition and Sustainability
- Conflict Management
- Social and Emerging Issues- Terrorism, alcoholism, suicides

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