Disaster risk reduction (DRR), Environment, Geographic information systems (GIS), Information and communication technologies, Remote sensing, Satellite technologies, Smart Cities, Urban Resilience

This workshop is a joint activity between United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Central European University through the ISEPEI project. This course is a part of the “Bridging ICTs and Environment” workshop series.

            

 

Course date

24 July - 28 July, 2017
Application for this course is closed.
Course Director(s): 

Viktor Lagutov

Central European University, Hungary

Armen Grigoryan

United Nations Development Programme, Regional Centre for Europe and CIS, Turkey
Course Faculty: 

Vanessa Aellen

GEO Secretariat, Geneva

Lorant Czaran

United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, Austria

Robert Nagy

Hexagon Geospatial

Ed Parsons

Google, UK

Sean Reynolds

American University of Armenia

Andras Szollosi-Nagy

International Hydrological Programme of UNESCO

The Innovations in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) workshop will highlight recent advances in information and communication technologies (ICTs) and how they are empowering both decision-makers and citizens to play a proactive role in managing disaster risks and providing more effective disaster response. The workshop will build upon experience and expertise in ICTs and DRR by both UNDP and a diverse network of organizations, who have come together over the past two years to train environmental professionals in the field. Combining regional UNDP experience, ICT industry expertise, and accumulated first-hand knowledge by this global community of practice, the workshop will offer both theoretical and practical skills in disaster risk reduction, monitoring, and recovery.

Best practice case studies will be highlighted, through which technologies have been proven to be highly effective tools in disaster management. The transformative digital opportunities provided by the workshop will allow its participants to integrate know-how in a decision-making process, facilitate response and establish multi-stakeholder partnership for regional and global cooperation.

Program themes will include ICTs for DRR, Early Warning Systems, innovations in climate risk management (CRM) and disaster preparedness and response, smart cities, and integration of relevant innovative solutions into sectoral and municipal development. A range of technologies will be presented including remote sensing, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), big data, citizen science, mobile technologies, data portals, and more.

Target Group

The workshop is targeted at representatives of regional and country offices of UN agencies, National Focal Points of international conventions, relevant government agencies (e.g. Ministries of Emergency Situations, Environment, Communications), researchers and civil society. No prior experience in application of geospatial technologies in DRR is required.

Application Information

For further information on the workshop and application procedures, please visit: http://isepei.org/workshops or contact us at info@isepei.org. Limited financial support is available for applicants from developing countries.

See a summary video of the 2016 ISEPEI workshop held at CEU Summer University.