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Academia and Research Institutes

Evidence-based investments in DRR

Disaster risk reduction and its impact on sustainable development require sound foundations in social and economic knowledge and understanding.

This includes developing relevant scientific and technical capacities especially in developing countries.

The impacts of natural hazards on society can be significantly reduced through the application of sound, evidence-based investments in disaster risk reduction.

The natural sciences have generated a good understanding of the causes and behaviour of most natural hazards and together with the engineering sciences have enabled the development of effective surveillance and prediction systems. The health sciences have made similar achievements for health-related hazards and impacts. The social sciences have created a growing body of understanding of human resilience, the factors that influence people's attitude to risk and behaviour during a crisis, as well as the effectiveness of warning messages, channels for distributing messages, and mechanisms for eliciting public response.

Sound research also needs to be coupled with translating this knowledge into more effective policy and bridging the gaps between environmental, humanitarian, development and governmental actors.

More effort is needed to connect science, technology and policy in support of DRR

This requires attention in creating better mechanisms for integrating science and technology into policy processes, improving interaction and collaboration between scientific and technical disciplines including, and implementing systematic efforts to build relevant scientific and technical capacities.

For example, as rainfall intensifies and sea levels rise, how and when should vulnerable populations be re-located permanently out of harm’s way? A s rainfall diminishes, how much investment should there be in research and development into drought-resistant crop production? We look to science and technology to find the answers to these important questions.

Science & DRR ExamplesScientists are encourage submit their own case studies demonstrating the use of science in disaster risk reduction.

The Scientific and Technical Advisory Group (STAG)

Recognizing the importance of research, scientific and technical information for disaster risk reduction, UNISDR established a Scientific and Technical Advisory Group(STAG). The purpose of the STAG is to provide technical advice and support in the formulation and implementation of activities carried out by the disaster risk reduction community. The work of the STAG encompasses all aspects of the scientific and technical dimensions of risk reduction, with particular emphasis on the needs of developing countries.

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In the STAG's 2013 report "Using science for disaster risk reduction", the Group makes the following recommendations:

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