Two Day Event on Digital Technologies for Enhancing Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience,
27th and 28th February 2018

Organised by the MOBILISE Project Consortium, funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), UK

Recently the University of Salford in UK has received funding from the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) to work with the Universities of Moratuwa and Colombo to create a “Multi-agency Collaboration Platform for Building Resilient Communities (MOBILISE)” (www.mobilise-project.org.uk) in Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Malaysia. A two day event is being run at the Mount Lavinia Hotel, Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka on Digital Technologies for Enhancing Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience. Further details are given below. Day One (The Co-Creation Workshop) is by invitation only. Day Two (Conference) is open to all and is free of charge.

DAY ONE: ATTENDANCE BY INVITATION ONLY: TUESDAY, 27TH FEBRUARY 2018
Co-creation workshop on “Enhancing Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience” at the Mount Lavinia Hotel, 100 Hotel Road, Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka

As a part of the MOBILISE project, we are organising a co-creation workshop on “Enhancing Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience” on the 27th February 2018 at the Mount Lavinia Hotel. Sri Lanka has experienced devastating localised disasters during the last 10 years causing economic losses worth over 6 million US$. Therefore, it is important that better digital infrastructures are established that offer intelligence for supporting disaster risk reduction as well as better multi-agency collaboration practices to respond to disaster incidents efficiently to safeguard vulnerable communities. The purpose of this workshop is to assess our current approaches and discuss enhancements to our approaches.

AGENDA
8.00am - 8.30am  Registration and Coffee
8.30am-9.00am  Introduction to MOBILISE and Workshop Objectives (Prof. Terrence Fernando, University of Salford)
9.00am-11.00am  Session 1 : Towards a Resilience Framework for Sri Lanka (Chair: Prof. Sam Hettiarachchi, University of Moratuwa)
  • Sendai framework and expected measureable outputs (Anoja Seneviratne, DMC) –15 mins
  • Current resilience frameworks (Komal Aryal) – 20 mins
  • Discussion – 15 mins
  • Participatory activities : Discuss the characteristics of a resilience framework suitable for Sri Lanka - 40 mins
  • Reporting - 30 mins
11.00 am–11.30am  Coffee Break & Group Photo
11.30am-1.00pm  Session 2 : Multi-agency Collaboration Models (Chair: Brigadier W.A. Ariyarathne, Director of the Emergency Collaboration Centre)
  • Lessons learned during the 2015 Nepal Gorkha Twin Earthquakes and the 2017 Terai Flood (Dr. Gangalal Tuladhar, Coordinator for the National Campaign for Disaster Risk Reduction Nepal (NCDRR) – 20min
  • Local multi-agency collaboration for risk reduction, response and resilience planning: A Case Study from Liverpool City Region, United Kingdom (Kevin Longshaw, Group Manager, Operational Preparedness, Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, United Kingdom) – 20 min
  • Current collaboration models in Sri Lanka (Pradeep Kodippili, DMC) – 20min
  • Discussion – 30 mins
1.00pm – 2.00pm  Lunch
2.00pm – 3.30pm  Session 3 : Digital Platforms for Supporting Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience (Chair: Mr Juan Carlos Villagrán de León, UN-SPIDER, Germany)
  • Current state-of-the-art platforms for supporting DRR (Dr Kuo-cheng Wu & Prof. Terrence Fernando) – 25 mins
  • Current use of digital technology in DRR in Sri Lanka (Srimal Samansiri) – 20 mins
  • MOBILISE Platform : Initial ideas & prototype - 15mins
  • Discussion – 30mins
3.30pm  Coffee Break
4.00pm – 5.30pm  Session 4 : Community Engagement Platforms (Chair: Prof. Siri Hettige, University of Colombo)
  • Brief introduction to open platforms (Hisham Tariq) - 20mins
  • Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (Sudath Madugalle) – 20mins
  • Municipal Commissioner of Matara (TBC) – 20mins
  • Discussion – 30mins
5.30pm  Close
7.30pm  Dinner

DAY TWO: OPEN TO ALL: WEDNESDAY, 28TH FEBRUARY 2018
Conference on Digital Technologies for Enhancing Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience at the Mount Lavinia Hotel, 100 Hotel Road, Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka

The conference will bring together international researchers, policy makers and practitioners to discuss how multi-agency collaboration can be enhanced through advanced digital technology to reduce disaster risk and to enhance local resilience targets as specified in the Sendai Framework for Action (2015-2030). It will discuss current disaster risk and resilience governance practices and how advanced technology, such as web services, remote sensing via satellites, social media, mobile and sensors technology, can be used to support collaborative risk reduction response and resilience building initiatives. Attendance is free of charge.

The programme is given below. Registration is available via the Eventbrite site: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/digital-technologies-for-enhancing-disaster-resilience-tickets-42269358790. Bring the printed ticket with you to the event.

AGENDA
8.00am - 8.30am  Registration and Coffee
8.30am-8.45am  Welcome Speech: Minister of Disaster Management: Honourable Minister Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Ministry of Disaster Management
8.45am-9.05am  MOBILISE Project: Multi-agency Collaboration Platform for Building Local Resilience
Prof. Terrence Fernando, THINKlab, University of Salford, United Kingdom

Session 1 : Disaster Risk Reduction (Chair: Prof. Siri Hettige, University of Colombo)

9.05am – 9.35am  Approach for Measuring Ten Essentials for Creating Resilience Cities
Mr. Jon Percival, Greater Manchester Resilience Forum, United Kingdom
9.35am - 9.55am  Importance of Disaster Risk Reduction in Sri Lanka
Mr Kingsley Fernando, Secretary of Minster of Disaster Management, Sri Lanka
9.55am – 10.15am  Challenges in Measuring Disaster Resilience
Dr. Chaminda Pathirage, Centre for Disaster Resilience, University of Salford, United Kingdom
10.15am – 10.35am  Ecological Approach to Disaster Risk Reduction
Dr. Ananda Mallawatantri, International Union for Conservation of Nature, Sri Lanka
10.35am - 10.50am  Panel Discussion
10.50am -11.20am  Coffee Break

Session 2 : Multi-agency Collaboration (Chair: Prof. Sam Hettiarachchi, University of Moratuwa)

11.20am – 11.50pm  The UK Approach for Multi-agency Collaboration for Disaster Risk Reduction and Response
Mr Kevin Longshaw, Group Manager, Operational Preparedness, Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, United Kingdom
11.50pm - 12.10pm  Challenges in Building Multi-agency Collaboration in Sri Lanka
Emeritus Prof. Siri Hettige, Department of Sociology, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka
12.10pm - 12.30pm  Community Engagement Platforms During Disaster Response
Mr Sudath Madugalle, Sri Lanka Red Cross Society, Sri Lanka
12.30pm – 1.00pm  Panel Discussion
1.00pm – 2.00pm  Lunch

Session 3 : Applications of Satellite Technology in Disaster Risk Reduction (Chair: Prof. Terrence Fernando)

2.00pm – 2.20pm  Role of Satellite Technology in Disaster Risk Reduction and Response
Mr Juan Carlos Villagrán de León, UN-SPIDER, Germany
2.20pm – 2.40pm  Drought Monitoring in Sri Lanka
Dr Giriraj Amarnath, International Water Management Institute, Sri Lanka
2.40pm - 3.00pm  A Digital Earth Platform in Support of Disaster Risk Reduction
Mr Stefano Natali, MEEO Srl, Ferrara, Italy
3.00pm – 3.20pm  Panel Discussion
3.20pm – 3.50pm  Coffee Break

Session 4 : Digital Platforms for Disaster Risk Reduction (Chair Prof. Terrence Fernando)

3.50pm – 4.10pm  Technology Platforms for Accessing Disaster Risk Information
Mr Suranga Kahandawa, South Asia Disaster Risk and Climate Change Unit, The World Bank, Sri Lanka
4.10pm – 4.30 pm  Use of Geospatial Technology and Innovation in Early Warning Systems and DRR: Experience from FAO work
Dr Lorenzo De Simone, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Italy
4.30pm – 4.50 pm  On-going Technology Projects in Asia for Building Disaster Resilience
Dr. Senaka Basnayake, Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre, Thailand
4.50pm – 5.10 pm  Multi-agency Collaboration Platform for Building DRR in the Local Context: the MOBILISE Approach
Prof. Terrence Fernando, THINKlab, University of Salford, United Kingdom
5.10pm – 5.30pm  Panel Discussion
5.30pm  Close