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The Role of Science in Good Enough, Disaster Risk Assessment Workshop

29 November 2013

To reduce the risks from future disasters, evidence based Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) interventions should be underpinned by a robust and rigorous assessment of the risk to natural hazards. However, there are occasions where response time, as well as access to financial resources and/or technical capacity are constrained, limiting the ability to undertake such robust and rigorous assessments.

The UK Science and Innovation Network, in collaboration with the UK Collaborative on Development Sciences (UKCDS), the Research Councils UK Risk Research Champion and La Salle University, is organising an international and interdisciplinary workshop to explore this issue. The workshop will be held at La Salle University in Bogotá, Colombia, on 24-26 February 2014. The workshop will explore how robust disaster risk assessments can be undertaken that ensure scientific rigour but can be delivered when there are limitations in some, or all, of time, knowledge and materials with the aim of highlighting best practice. It will focus on extreme events rather than ‘everyday disasters’.

  • Natural disasters
  • Research for disaster risk reduction

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