Geology for Global Development

UNISDR Science and Technology Conference on the Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030

UNISDROver the next few days (27-29th January) we’ll be attending the UNISDR Science and Technology Conference on the Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR) 2015-2030.

Agreed in March 2015, this framework aims to substantially ‘reduce disaster risk and losses in lives, livelihoods and health and in the economic, physical, social, cultural and environmental assets of persons, businesses, communities and countries’. A key priority of this framework is to better understand disaster risk, meaning that science has a crucial role to play in ensuring its success.

Our key aims in attending this conference are to (i) learn more about the specific ways that geologists can contribute to the SFDRR over the next 15 years, and (ii) promote the role of early-career geologists (their research, extra-curricular engagement etc). Geology for Global Development is an official organising partner of the conference, alongside many other prestigious groups.

We’ll be presenting a poster about the role of GfGD in promoting the SFDRR to the geoscience community, and mobilising engagement (Work Stream 1 – The Science and Technology Partnership for the implementation of the Sendai Framework, Wednesday at midday). Our Director, Joel Gill, will also be addressing a side event (Thursday 1-2pm) on the role of young scientists in the application of science for DRR.

You can follow the conference highlights on Twitter using #Science4Sendai, and there’ll also be tweets on the GfGD account (@Geo_Dev). If you’re attending the event and wish to connect/know more about our work, please do contact us via Twitter or on our website.

Joel is the Founder/Director of Geology for Global Development (@Geo_Dev) an organisation working to support geologists to make a sustainable contribution to the fight against global poverty. He is an interdisciplinary researcher, with a PhD in geography (natural hazards), and research interests in multi-hazard frameworks, disaster risk reduction, rural water projects, and sustainable development. This work has taken him to Chile, China, Guatemala, India, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda. Joel is currently based at the British Geological Survey, and tweets at @JoelCGill.