Explore the challenges & opportunities associated with development in hazardous areas in BC.

‘While one single land-use decision may not increase risk significantly, years of small decisions that incrementally increase risk can lead to unacceptable levels’
-American Planning Association (APA), 2005


Event Summary

This year's Understanding Risk (UR) BC session is an online, 'day' long, regional resilience roundtable that picks up the session that was postponed from URBC 2020 (due to the provincial election) on the topic of development in hazardous areas.

  • Partner Events: September & October sessions that support overall momentum building towards building a more resilient British Columbia

  • Regional Resilience Roundtable, October 7th, 2021


  • The objectives of the URBC Symposiums are in line with the priorities for action of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015-2030), which was adopted by the BC government in 2018. These same priorities are in line with and in support of the National Emergency Management Strategy for Canada: Toward a Resilient 2030 and its current focus on earthquakes, floods, and wildfires.

  • Advance essential and non-traditional partnerships across the science-policy-action interface to reduce risk and build resilience

  • Make connections across projects and initiatives towards enhanced collaboration and reduced duplication

  • Support advancement and implementation of existing recommendations and commitments that have been made in BC and Canada in relation to climate and disaster risk management by fostering generative dialogue across disciplines and cultures

2021 Regional Resilience Roundtable + Partner Events Series


Fall 2021

Online Webinars

On Zoom Platform

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Professional Learning Credits

Engineers and Geoscientists of BC: One hour of activity at the symposium is eligible as one informal professional development hour for Engineers and Geoscientists BC registrants.

AIBC registrants are eligible to self-report for learning units (LUs).

PIBC members are eligible for professional learning credits as follows:

0.25 Units = 15 Minutes

0.50 Units = 30 Minutes

0.75 Units = 45 Minutes

1.00 Units = 1 hour

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More about URBC 2020

With 20 interactive online workshops and insightful webinars, URBC 2020 will explore:

  • Risk reduction ‘big moves’ to support a resilient 2050 in the Lower Mainland

  • Recent advancements in hazard and risk assessments for our region 

  • Coordinated governance of disaster and climate risk management in BC

  • Grounding our resilience through Indigenous approaches to wellness

  • Tensions and incentives for seismic risk reduction

  • Strategies to reduce Fraser River and coastal flood risk in the Lower Mainland

  • Financial incentives for investing in risk reduction and adaptation

  • Challenges and opporunties for development in hazardous areas

  • And more!

Come and play a role, be a part of the solution! Share your successes and challenges, voice your priority for how to use open risk modelling in service of risk reduction strategizing and investment, and put your weight behind those priorities we can continue to move on in 2020 and 2021!

Make sure to check us out on Twitter and LinkedIn to learn more and stay up-to-date!

The Understanding Risk Community

Understanding Risk (UR) is an open and global community of over 6,500 experts and practitioners interested and active in disaster risk identification. UR community members share knowledge and experience, collaborate, and discuss innovation and best practice in risk assessment and risk communication and how to apply risk assessment in service of risk reduction and building resilience.

Registration Fees + Volunteers

The Understanding Risk Community is underpinned by the principle that events should be open and accessible to all. Please contact the organizers if you would like to request a waiver for registration fees and/or would like to volunteer in place of paying the registration fee. We are seeking volunteers to assist with social media, convenor supports, and other event- related tasks.


Please be in touch if you / your organization would like to support this year’s symposium. Opportunities range from Supporter level, to Investor level, to Lifeline level.