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Session Details

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

Webinar Format
Interactive Workshop

Information Sharing & Discussion



  • 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).

Background Reading

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.

Click on: BC DRR Hub Design Concept Note (Oct 2020)

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