News from the CRC

disaster_day_canberra_2069.jpg

The forum panel at the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction 2014
The forum panel at the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction 2014
Release date
13 Oct 2014
More information:
David Bruce
Communications Manager

Public event marks International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction

Monday 13 October was the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, with the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC holding a free public forum in Canberra to raise awareness.

The forum featured a panel of speakers who explored Australia’s contribution to natural disaster risk reduction at home and in our region.

All talks were filmed, with replays of all the talks and an overview available by clicking the 'Resources' tab here.  

The Minister for Justice, The Hon Michael Keenan, welcomed the forum in a media release to mark the day.

The panel (pictured above with CEO Dr Richard Thornton) were, from left:

  • Samantha Chard - Attorney-General's Department - Assistant Secretary Emergency Management Policy
  • Dr Helen James – Australian National University - a specialist in Asian disasters, governance and sustainable development.
  • Andrew Coghlan - Australian Red Cross, National Manager, Emergency Services.
  • Professor Stephen Dovers - Australian National University - Director of the Fenner School of Environment and Society.
  • Catherine McGrath - the former ABC journalist was MC.

The event was held at University House, Australian National University. Around 60 people attended, with a lively question and answer session following short presentations by each of the speakers.

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction 2014 - ANU
International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction 2014 - ANU

The forum drew on the perspectives of researchers, academia, government and NGOs, exploring the challenges we face in preparing for and responding to natural disasters, what we can do today to ensure that the impacts are less tomorrow and that the recovery process is better, and what policies changes would be needed.

The International Day for Disaster Reduction started in 1989 with the approval of the United Nations General Assembly. The UN General Assembly sees the day as a way to promote a global culture of disaster reduction, including disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness.

The day promotes how people and communities are reducing their risk to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of disaster risk reduction. Each year the day is themed. For 2014 the theme is Resilience is for Life: Older Persons and Disasters.

The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC was recently appointed the national coordinator for the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) in Australia. This is backed by the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, the International Council for Science and the International Social Science Council and seeks to promote and support disaster risk reduction research programs and activities around the world, including the International Day for Disaster Reduction.

More news from the CRC

Research Advisory Forum 2014 at the National Wine Centre, Adelaide.
Register now for the Research Driving Change - Showcase 2017. This event marks a milestone in the life of the Bushire and Natural Hazards CRC - the half way point in our cycle and a chance to review achievements and...
AFAC17 logo
Registrations are now open for AFAC17 powered by INTERSCHUTZ, the annual conference of the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC & AFAC. Take advantage of the Early Bird discounted rate, available from now until 30 June...
New journal articles and reports on CRC research are available online.
CRC researcher Associate Prof Geoff Cary has been awarded the Outstanding Associate Editor Award by the International Journal of Wildland Fire.
Survey for preparedness for animals in emergencies
Are you an animal owner living in the Blue Mountains, or surrounding areas of the Hawkesbury, Lithgow or Penrith? Your participation in a survey could help inform local community emergency preparedness for animals.
Looking to get your career started in research management? Our Research Program Support Officer could be for you.
BlazeAid
As our work and life commitments change, many people do not have the time to dedicate to traditional ways of volunteering with an emergency service. But they still want to help, and they still want to volunteer.
BlazeAid volunteers
Emergency services want to build ‘resilience’ into communities. A CRC researcher has developed a way to teach it to students.
Research into how Australian children are involved in bushfire preparations around the home is being applied to disaster preparedness in the slum communities of Bangladesh.
Fire Australia cover
Firestorms, disaster resilience and fire preparation in Bangladesh are featured in the latest edition of Fire Australia magazine, with Issue One for 2017 out now.

News archives

All the resources from our 2016 conference

Research program in detail

Where, why and how are Australians dying in floods?

2015-2016 year in review

Bushfire planning with kids ebook

Explore by keyword