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4th International Conference on Urban Disaster Reduction

17 October 9:00am - 20 October 5:00pm
Wellington and Christchurch, Aotearoa New Zealand

“Sustainable Disaster Recovery: Addressing Risks and Uncertainty”

The 4th International Conference on Urban Disaster Reduction (4IWUDR) builds on an established practice of international collaboration and knowledge-sharing after disaster events in Japan, US, New Zealand and Taiwan.
In this fourth workshop, South Korea and Australia joins the four collaborating countries. The mission of the conference is to develop, integrate and promote new knowledge and best practices in sustainable disaster recovery, with a particular emphasis on urban environments.

Call for Abstracts: Due April 1 2016

Abstracts are solicited on topics related to disaster recovery and urban disaster reduction. Reviewers will be
looking for abstracts that take bold steps in describing new strategies and ways of thinking to significantly
reduce potential casualties, damage, and disruption from future disasters, and create safe, resilient, and
adaptive communities, regions and nations. Young scholars are encouraged to present emerging research.
Papers that bridge the knowledge gaps between research and practice are particularly welcome. Broad topic areas may include, but are not limited to:

-  Leveraging the Sendai Framework for DRR and recovery planning.
-  Recovery learnings from recent disasters.
-  How non-government organisations and institutions contribute to urban disaster reduction and to sustainable disaster recovery.
-  Application of academic research into local recovery practice.
-  Recovery planning, sustaining preparedness over the long run.
-  Creating resilient cities through adaptive social contexts.
-  Transfer of recovery practice and policy through inter-government relations.
-  Influence of economic, political, cultural or regulatory factors on ambitious recovery efforts.
-  The role of SMEs and business continuity planning in the sustainable disaster recovery of communities.

A detail second circular will be available from March 1, 2016. Please contact H.M. Gunn for more details.