What is an urban approach to disaster preparedness and response?
Urban disasters are on the increase, with rapid urbanization causing more people to live in places vulnerable to hazards such as flood, earthquake and tsunami.
This conference invites humanitarian aid practitioners, those in government and designers from spatial/physical disciplines to explore ways to improve actions before and after disaster.
The conference addresses three key themes:
response - efforts to improve relief and recovery practice;
resilience - building the capacity of a system, community or society potentially exposed to hazards to adapt;
transformation - fundamental change that results in the substantial reduction of a population’s vulnerability.