22-26 May 2017, Cancun

Practical Action took part in the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Cancún between the 22nd and 26th May. Alongside our partners from the Zurich flood resilience program, we shared our work on building the resilience to floods of the poorest and most vulnerable communities.

When & where Event Lead organisation

22 May 2017
8:30-17:00

GPDRR Youth Forum
Business School - Anahuac University

Poster and oral presentation
Zurich-funded Nepal Flood Resilience Project work on “Digital Mapping for Disaster Resilience” - winner among the “Global Competition for #YouthLed Projects: Flood & Drought Special”. Download poster

Practical Action, CSDR, Kathmandu Living Labs, IIASA

24 May 2017
11:45-13:15

Arena F

Plenary session
Formal insurance session

Zurich

25 May 2017
14.00-14.55

Sunrise 9

Investing into DRR and sustainable development
Side event on novel socio-economic methods and tools for bolstering disaster risk reduction and resilience

Event flyer

IIASA and IDMC / UNISDR (with Colin McQuistan from Practical Action)

25 May 2017
09:00-12:00

Workshop
Geo-Darma committee on satellite / remote sensing applications for DRR
Zurich

25 May 2017
14:00-14:55 TBC

Expo 3

Interactive session
Reducing Risks & Impacts through Partnership on Community Resilience

IFRC
TBC Ignite session
Partnership between Red Cross and Zurich
Mexican Red Cross

26 May 2017
11:00-11:15

Ignite stage

Ignite session
Innovative flood resilience building for the poorest

Practical Action

Downloads

Policy briefs from the Zurich Flood Resilience Program:

  • Measuring flood resilience: the Zurich Flood Resilience Measurement Tool
    English | Spanish
  • Improving accuracy, timeliness and access to flood early warning
    English | Spanish
  • Pre-event financial protection is key to flood recovery
    English | Spanish
  • Investing in risk-informed infrastructure to support flood resilience
    English | Spanish
  • Flood resilience through community-driven action and partnerships
    English | Spanish

Our Nepal Flood Resilience Project work on ‘Digital Mapping for Disaster Resilience’, has won the ongoing youth projects category of the Global Competition for #YouthLed Projects: Flood & Drought Special.

The digital mapping work is being led by Practical Action Consulting in collaboration with Kathmandu Living Labs, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), and Centre for Social Development and Research.

Practical Action's Disaster Risk Reduction work
Practical Action aims to reduce the risk of disasters for marginalised groups and communities by mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) into all development processes. Read more »

DRR blog posts

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