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Event Details

DATES: March 29 - 31, 2017

LOCATION: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Event Summary

From Knowledge to Action – An exploration of actionable strategies to reduce earthquake and flood risks in the Georgia Basin

Read the UR+Vancouver 2017 Report

About Understanding Risk British Columbia 2018

The UR+ Vancouver symposium assembled people from across Southwestern British Columbia to share knowledge and perspective on what it means to live with earthquake and flood risks, and to develop innovative solutions that will help build long-term resilience to future disaster events and the impacts of climate change. Insights and knowledge gained through this process have been shared with planners and policy analysts in the region — and the broader community through the global Understanding Risk platform.

Some of the questions explored include:

  • What are the likely impacts and consequences of a catastrophic earthquake in BC ?

  • Who and what are most vulnerable to flooding in the Fraser Valley ?

  • What is our capacity to withstand and recover from these catastrophic events ?

  • How do we work together to increase disaster resilience in the region?

  • Which risk reduction strategies are most effective and how do we best implement them ?

About the Understanding Risk Community

The Understanding Risk (UR) Community is the pre-eminent platform for collaborating and sharing knowledge in the field of disaster risk assessment. Created in 2009 by the World Bank’s Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, the UR Community convenes every two years at the global UR Forum to showcase the latest innovations and build new partnerships to foster advances in the field. The UR+ Vancouver symposium is a spinoff event that is designed to maintain the spirit of the global UR forum at national, regional and local settings.

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Continuing Professional Learning

Understanding Risk Vancouver 2017 is eligible for the following Professional Planning CPL units:

  • Wednesday, March 29 – 2.0 Organized/Structured CPL units

  • Thursday, March 30 – 6.0 Organized/Structured CPL units

  • Friday, March 31 – 4.0 Organized/Structured CPL units

  • TOTAL: 12.0 Organized/Structured CPL units


View the agenda here or download a PDF version here.

For more information, visit EERI’s UR Vancouver webpage:

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