AGUASAN Workshop 31 (2015)
A workshop for water professionals, DRR specialists and wider development practitioners.
More than half of the world’s population is under threat from the forces of nature – 20% of the earth’s surface is regularly affected by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods, drought, landslides and storms. Incidence and severity of natural disasters have increased markedly in the last decades, as well as their impact in terms of economic losses, due mainly to increased exposure, population pressure, urbanisation and environmental/climate changes. On the other hand, human losses could be reduced over the past 10 years as a result of improved disaster risk reduction (DRR) measures. The prevention of disaster risk creation and the reduction of the existing disaster risk through measures which address exposure and vulnerability is therefore the aim of the upcoming post-2015 framework for DRR.
Water is key in tackling natural disasters and climate change, because it’s the medium through which most of their impacts are felt. Water management and development strategies have a pivotal role in reducing vulnerability of people and assets to natural hazards. Seen its extensiveness, we propose to unravel the topic from the view-point of DRR in WASH: inadequate WASH services can cause disasters, while disasters can further degrade WASH services, both resulting in increased risk. Hence, the key question of “How to best implement DRR principles in the WASH sector to strengthen resilience to natural disasters in a multi-hazard approach?” will drive this year’s AGUASAN workshop.
Based on thematic inputs, topic-specific cases and the broad expertise gathered by the participants, the 5-day cumulative knowledge generation process aims at preparing the practitioners community to respond effectively to the post-2015 interlinked water and DRR challenges. The participants will share experiences and develop entry points regarding the workshop topic, and leave the event with practical measures to apply back home as well as with a strengthened professional network across the different communities.
For further information and application (deadline 19.03.2015) see www.aguasan.ch.