Strengthening Risk Information Governance:
The Role of the BC DRR Hub in Enhancing Use of Risk Information in Disaster and Climate Risk Reduction
20 October 2020
Sahar Safaie, Sage on Earth Consulting Ltd. The Role of the BC DRR Hub in Enhancing Use of Risk Information in Disaster and Climate Risk Reduction
Information Sharing & Discussion
Sahar Safaie, Founder and Principal Consultant, Sage on Earth Consulting Ltd.
Murray Journeay, Research Scientist, Natural Resources Canada
Gurdeep Singh, Portfolio Manager Business Innovation and Emergency Management (GIS), GeoBC
Gurdeep has been with the BC Provincial Government for over 20 years in various roles. He has been leading the Emergency Management and Business Innovation Portfolio within GeoBC for last 11 years.
The Emergency Engagement portfolio includes coordination with Emergency Management and Public Safety stakeholders and develop GIS strategies and implementation plans to support all phases of natural hazard and emergency management. It also includes coordination of data, tools, methods and processes to improve situational awareness and common operating picture to support all phases of Natural Resource Hazard and Emergency Management.
He has Masters of Science in Planning from Germany, Advanced Diploma in GIS from British Columbia Institute of Technology and Certificate in Project Management from the University of British Columbia.
Micah Hilt, City of Vancouver Lead Seismic Policy Planner
Trisha Maciejko, Emergency Management Planning Coordinator, IPREM
Explore the rationale and proposed design concept for the BC DRR Hub
Discuss key challenges and barriers in using hazard and risk information in policy and planning in various sectors
Identify priority strategies, guidelines, or tools that can support harmonization and accelerate enhancing the quality and use of multi-hazard and risk information
Discuss: what should the BC risk data management strategy be?
Understanding disaster risk with all its dimensions is fundamental for designing effective risk management measures.
But the production of risk information and risk management processes tend to lack the necessary links and this fragmentation increases the price tag of each new risk assessment, keeps risk assessments within the scientific community and isolated from policy processes, and impedes the use of risk information in policy design, capability development and for shaping investments. A provincial center (notionally called the BC DRR Hub), would collaborate with a wider range of partners to ensure risk information is relevant in context and format, robust in scientific methodologies but also flexible in the approach to effectively meet the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) user needs.
The need for a mechanism to connect science and policy stakeholders to collaborate and co-design risk assessments and methods for use of risk information has been identified and discussed since the 2017 URBC symposium. A design concept has been developed through NRCan's DRR Pathways project which has received positive support from key provincial entities and research partners. In this webinar, the participants will engage with two key elements of the design concept (Why we need BC DRR Hub? What would it do to support building resilient Communities in BC?)
Many members of the community of practice and past URBC participants have contributed to the concept of the DRR Hub over the years. A theory of change workshop was conducted in July 2019 with project partners of the DRR Pathways project. All of that input and some research on best practices internationally have been used by Sage On Earth Consulting Ltd. to develop the design concept note for the BC DRR Hub.
The session is concerned by Sahar Safaie (Sage On Earth Consulting) with Murray Journeay (Geological Survey of Canada), Gurdeep Singh (GeoBC), & Micah Hilt (City of Vancouver).
BC DRR Hub Design Concept Note: This document provides high level information on the goals and objectives, value proposition, key components and activities, proposed institutional setup, and the timeline for establishing the Hub.
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