As part of the United Nations 2001 World Disaster Reduction Campaign, a Risk Mapping Contest was launched as one of the various ISDR awareness and promotion activities keeping with the year’s theme ‘Countering Disasters, Targeting Vulnerability’.
A risk map is a map of a community or geographical zone that identifies the places and the buildings – homes, schools, health facilities and others – that might be adversely affected in the event of hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, volcanic eruptions, landslides, and other natural hazards and related technological or environmental disasters. The production of a risk map requires consideration of areas and features at risk within the community or geographic zone, consultation with people and groups of varying expertise and the discussion of possible solutions to reduce risk.
The Risk Mapping Contest encouraged participants to consult and interact with the various actors in natural disaster reduction such as public authorities, healthcare workers, non-governmental organizations and environmental experts. Communication and interaction between different people allowed for more effective collaborative efforts towards building a culture of prevention from natural disasters.
The Risk Mapping Contest was an integral part of the overall 2001 World Disaster Reduction Campaign, and made a valuable contribution in its capacity to reach its target audience, school children and local communities.
The Risk Mapping Contest offered a grant to the first and second best
submissions of the Risk Mapping Contest, to go towards their continuing
efforts in reducing risk and vulnerability in their communities. A jury
assembled by the ISDR Secretariat decided upon the winners on 15 April
2002, recommending each grant to be the equivalent of US $500 per submission.
Risk Mapping Contest Jury Members:
24 submissions were received for the Risk Mapping Contest from a total of 7 countries. All submissions for the Risk Mapping Contest received by the ISDR Secretariat were divided according to the category they represented (Local Communities or Children) and put on display. Jury members reviewed each submission according to the criteria for selection, with the first and second best submissions in each category awarded according to the points accumulated in the criteria for selection.
The criteria for selection were developed with a scale ranging from 3 (excellent) to 1 (poor) in the following categories: