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DISASTER RISK REDUCTION CONFERENCE 2017

PURPOSE IN ACTION

BACK TO BASICS THROUGH RESILIENCE DESIGN AND INNOVATION

Disaster Risk Reduction 2017

 

DRR Conference 2017 - 27-28 September 2017, Nelson Mandela Bay, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa (Click here)

Back to basics through resilience design and innovation: PURPOSE IN ACTION

The Annual DMISA Conference is the largest annual Disaster Management Conference in Africa and routinely attracts more than 350 delegates. The conference provides opportunity for a diverse range of stakeholders in disaster management from across Africa to gather and share skills, knowledge and experience.

In 2017, the DMISA conference focuses on the fundamental purpose of Disaster Management and action rather than rhetoric towards that purpose.  Importantly, the conference seeks to emphasise that getting the basics right does not curtail but rather expands the need for innovation and that all facets of disaster risk reduction and resilience must be actively and thoughtfully designed for implementation.

Disaster Risk Reduction 2017 will provide opportunity for considering past and future manifestations of disaster risk in Southern Africa and internationally, and to build enlightened consensus towards active disaster risk reduction, resilience and risk governance in both urban and rural settings.

In step with the multidisciplinary and cross-sectoral nature of disaster risk reduction and resilience building, there are of course many specific topics that could be covered under the “Purpose in Action” banner, and DMISA would like to encourage innovate and forward-looking discourse that activates and encourages on a practical level.

Download the Notice, Invitation, Registration Form or Accommodation Options using the links below:

Call for Papers for DRR 2017 - Purpose in Action (Click here)

INVITATION TO SUBMIT ABSTRACTS

Interested persons are invited to submit abstracts of proposed papers to the Conference Coordinating Committee for consideration for inclusion in the conference programme.

Speakers could touch on some of the following topics in their papers:

  • Back to Basics through Resilience Design and Innovation: Purpose in Action;
  • Recent disaster events in Southern Africa and internationally: response and the lessons learnt;
  • Fostering complex problem solving, critical thinking and creativity in disaster risk reduction;
  • Hazards including water scarcity and drought in Southern Africa, epidemics and pandemics, mass events, social unrest and terrorism;
  • Regional, national and local action on the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 and other related international agreements, coupled to Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Platforms and the exchange of information and knowledge among national stakeholders;
  • Working with- and coordinating with others in disaster risk reduction and response, with reference to international assistance, INGO’s and UN agencies as well as local stakeholders;
  • Working with nature – Ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction;
  • Climate change response: adaptation and mitigation;
  • Disaster Risk Management in Southern Africa and the BRICS grouping of nations;
  • Disaster risk assessment and prioritisation against the background of limited resources: Systematic multi-hazard risk assessments and early warning systems, factoring in multiple vulnerabilities;
  • Early warning, disaster response management and recovery;
  • The relationships between risk management, disaster management, civil protection and emergency management;
  • Disaster risk reduction: Roles and responsibilities of those outside the disaster management profession;
  • Effective disaster risk reduction advocacy, risk communication, public awareness and education;
  • Linking project risk management, operational risk management, enterprise risk management, business continuity management and disaster risk management;
  • The spatial representation of disaster risk, remote sensing and indoor mapping;
  • Designing and equipping risk observatories, disaster management and emergency management operational centres;
  • Disaster information management systems, tools and equipment;
  • Professionalization – building technical capacity and prioritising the right skills;
  • Engaging the insurance industry in promoting resilience, compared with public investment strategies and funding models for DRR;
  • Critical infrastructure protection and resilience connected to asset management;
  • Resilient communities and sustainable development initiatives: Sustainable human settlements and reducing disaster risk in urban and rural settings;
  • Integration of DRR into sustainable development policies and planning at local, provincial, national, regional and international levels;
  • The importance of religious and cultural traditions for resilience; and
  • Migration, refugees and humanitarian action.

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT

Abstracts of no more than 300 words, should be submitted electronically to the Conference Coordinating Committee care of The Administrator at abstracts@disaster.co.za or karin@disaster.co.za.

Abstracts should clearly state the purpose, results and conclusions of the work to be described in the final paper.

Language:  English.

Last day for submission of abstract:      15 May 2017

Final notice of approval of abstracts:     31 May 2017

Deadline for submission of papers:       31 July 2017

Past Conferences

 

2016

The DISASTER MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE OF SOUTHERN AFRICA (DMISA) CONFERENCE 2016 with the theme:

“Climate, Disaster Risk, Early Warning & Response: RE-EVALUATING RESILIENCE”

Was held from 21 – 22 September 2016 at ATKV Goudini Spa near Rawsonville and Worcester in the Breede Valley Municipality and Cape Winelands District.

Conference Resolutions, DRR 2016:

NO SPEAKER TITLE OF PAPER PROPOSED CONFERENCE RESOLUTION
1 Ms Benedetta Gualandi Disaster Risk Management and Gender Equity Perspective To request the National Disaster Management Centre to promote the incorporation clear objectives, equitable processes and the monitoring of equality outcome regarding women, children, the elderly and persons with disabilities in all disaster management plans.

DMISA urges all disaster management stakeholders to ensure that the needs of women, children, the elderly and persons with disabilities are adequately addressed in all polices, plans, forums and platforms.

2 Mr Geoff Laskey Volunteerism an Essential Ingredient for Successful Disaster Resilience in South Africa To request the National Disaster Management Centre and SALGA to encourage municipalities to develop more adaptive and inclusive models of disaster management by means of disaster management volunteer units with the aim to increase community disaster resilience by enhancing the capacities and skills that exist within the communities they serve.

DMISA encourages all disaster management stakeholders to build community disaster resilience through capacitated volunteers.

3 Mr Johannes Belle Managing wetlands for climate change adaptation: A case study of the eastern Free State; South Africa To request the National Disaster Management Centre and SALGA to promote the Integration of climate change adaptation strategies into the management of natural ecosystems such as wetlands to build resilience.

DMISA encourages all disaster management stakeholders to ensure that Climate Change adaptation and resilience building strategies are addressed in all development. Particular attention must be given to natural ecosystems such as wetlands.

4 Dr Modjadji Malahlela The Implications of the “Integrated Urban Development Framework” for Disaster Management. To request the Department of Cooperative Governance to promote the use of a disaster risk assessment as the basis for all development planning in order to promote sustainable development through disaster risk reduction and to consider the development of legislation that will make disaster risk assessments mandatory in development.

DMISA urges all disaster management stakeholders to ensure that sustainable development through disaster risk reduction is adequately addressed in all development and to lobby for legislation that will make disaster risk assessments mandatory in development.

5 Mrs Patricia Zweig Resilient communities and sustainable development initiatives: Sustainable human settlements and reducing disaster risk in urban and rural settings. To request the National Disaster Management Centre and SALGA to promote sustainable rural and urban disaster management through community based risk assessment and reduction by means of participatory research and collaborative solution seeking.

DMISA requests all disaster management stakeholders to include community based risk reduction in all urban and rural development programmes and projects through community based risk assessment and reduction by means of participatory research and collaborative solution seeking.

6 Mr Malcolm v Harte Planning for Major Electricity-Related Incidents To request the National Disaster Management Centre and SALGA to encourage the building of stakeholder collaboration with Eskom in preparation for a major electrical incident.

DMISA appeals to all disaster management stakeholders to collaborate with Eskom when preparing for major electrical incidents.

7 Various papers The Disaster Management Amendment Act, 16 of 2015 DMISA applauds the National Disaster Management Centre on the Amendment Act and supports the need for all stakeholders to embrace the changes relating to Climate Change, the role of Local Municipalities, focus on vulnerable persons, participation of sector departments, in order to promote sustainable development.

DMISA also appeals to SALGA to urge municipalities to embrace the Disaster Management Amendment Act, 16 of 2015 relating to Climate Change, the role of Local Municipalities, focus on vulnerable persons, participation of sector departments, in order to promote sustainable development.

DMISA urges all disaster management stakeholders to familiarise themselves with the content of the Disaster Management Amendment Act, 16 of 2015 and to align all activities to the legislation.

2015

Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 - The 2030 Agenda

DISASTER RISK REDUCTION 2015, was held from Wednesday 9 to Thursday 10 September 2015 at the ATKV Hartenbos Resort, Mossel Bay, Garden Route, Western Cape, South Africa with the theme:

The 2030 Resilience, Sustainability and Adaptation Mandate: A New Action Agenda for Disaster Risk Reduction

Conference Resolutions: DRR 2015 

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SPEAKER TITLE OF PAPER PROPOSED CONFERENCE RESOLUTION
1 Mr Nabeel Rylands Utalisation of Disaster Risk Assessment in practice: The Western Cape model To request the NDMC to pursue all avenues to ensure that Disaster Risk assessment is institutionalised and integrated into all planning at National, Provincial and Municipal levels,
2 Mr Makananisa Takalani Understanding Disaster  Risk  Assessment To urge the  National Disaster Centre to collaborate with Schools of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Sciences, ICT and Statistics to develop the kind of technology to perform Disaster Risk Quantitative Assessment with maximum precision within reasonable time
3 Mr Anthony R Kesten Attacks on foreign nationals in the City of Ekurhuleni – 2015 To urge the NDMC to ensure that all Municipal Disaster Management Centres undertake proper risk and vulnerability assessments to identify the potential social hazards that may exist within their area of responsibility
4 Mr Thinus Rabe The need for rapid impact assessment model specifically suitable for rural areas To request the NDMC to pursue and promote the development of a rapid disaster impact assessment, specifically suitable for rural areas.
5 Mr Daniel Brink Conceptualising resilient communities Request the NDMC to facilitate greater dialogue between the fields of disaster management and urban/town planning in recognition of the collaborative potential for achieving resilient development.
6 Prof. Ozunu Alexandru Bulding resilience in small isolated mining communities – Romanian case studies To urge the National Disaster Management Centre to ensure that Municipal Disaster Management Centres achieve sustainability and long term resilience for small isolated communities.
7 Mr Owen Becker Securing Strategic Resources for a resilient and sustainable future To urge the National Disaster Management Centre to ensure that the securing of Strategic Resources becomes a national priority
8 Mrs Francis Hoets Community Based Early Warning Systems: From Theory to Action: The Role of the Disaster Management Practitioner To urge the NDMC to promote improved cooperation between Disaster Management Centres and the National EWS in order to facilitate communication to at-risk communities and to document and share best practice cases.
9 Mr Tinus De Beer Investing in disaster risk reduction for resilience To urge the NDMC to pursue the implementation of the section of the policy framework that states:

“There should be public and private investment in disaster risk prevention and reduction through structural and non-structural measures are essential to enhance the economic, social, health and cultural resilience of persons, communities, countries and their assets, as well as the environment.”

10 Dr Mal Reddy The professionalization of Disaster Management – Progress update and announcement of first CPD session DMISA urges all members to pursue registration as Disaster Management Professionals and to participate in the pilot CPD project

2014

Disaster Risk Reduction 2014

17 – 18 September 2014

at Sibaya Imbizo Conference Centre, Umhlanga Rocks, Durban

29th DMISA Conference: Building Disaster Resilience is Everbody’s Business

 

Download: Papers / Programme

 

 

2013

29th DMISA Conference

11-12 September 2013

 President Hotel, Bloemfontein, Mangaung Municipality, Free State Province, South Africa

28th DMISA Conference: Building Resilience: Communities Getting Ready

 

 

 

Papers now available here

Programme Resolutions

2012

 27th DMISA Conference 2012

12-13 September 2012

Karibu Leisure Resort and Conference Centre/NMN Grand Hotel, Tzaneen, Limpopo Province, South Africa

 

 
Disaster Risk Reduction 2012 – the 27th DMISA Conference

 

TAKING UP THE CHALLENGE: READINESS FOR RISK REDUCTION AND RESPONSE

 

Conference and AGM Resolutions 2012

 

 

2011

 

14-15 September 2011

NH The Lord Charles Hotel, Somerset West, Western Cape, South Africa

 

 

 

Papers & Presentations:

Lindiwe Bhebhe – Socio-Environmental damage: a Case study of the illegal gold panners of Gwanda district, Zimbabwe

JA Belle, SB Ferreira, A Jordaan – Impact of HIV/AIDS as a Disaster on the Population Structure of Lesotho

Zelda Els – Data availability and requirments for flood hazard mapping in South Africa

J Handina, A Neube & AJ Jordaan – Efficacy of cash transfers in addressing food insecurity for Mutare urban communities of Zimbabwe

Sheila Imrie, Rowena Hay, Andiswa Mlisa, Louise Hackland, Goeril Tomren – Namibian Risk Reduction

School Manual and System Strengthening Initiative

Jordaan AJ, Sakulski D & Jordaan AD – Drought risk assessment for extensive farming in Northern Cape Province

AD Jordaan, Jordaan AJ & Procter M – Wildfire Risk Assessment for the Northern Cape, South Africa

Pat Reid – Tanzania Schools

Maliga Reddy – An Integrated Disaster Risk Assessment Model for Local Government in SA

Linda Makuleni – SAWS Activities in Weather and Climate Forecasting

Tsepho May & Dr. Mween Monze – Intelligent Operations Centre for Smarter Cities

Johan Minnie – The Scales of Disaster

Mnikele Ndabambi – Role of South African Weather Service on Weather and Climate in Disaster Risk Reduction

Bethuel Ngcamu – Disaster Preparedness by local government

BS Ngcamu, Dr. N Dorasamy – Case Study of Foreman and Kenny Road informal settlements in the Ethekwini Municipality

Mal Reddy – Integrated Disaster Risk Assessment model for local government in South Africa

Debra Roberts – The Rocky Road to Durban

Dusan Sakulski – Internet Application for Disaster Risk Reduction: Northern Cape Agriculture Drought

Moddy Setusha – A National Disaster Management Perspective on progress in South Africa

Dusan Sakulski – Proactive Thinking: Hazard Outlook for South Africa

Johan Stander – Maritime Warnings and Guidelines: Storm Surge Early Warning System for South Africa

Johan Stander – Guidelines: Storm Surge Early Warning System for South Africa

Eric Stoch – Water “Bomb”

Maryna Storie – Addressing Urban Disaster Risk and Resilience through a Green Lens

Theuns Van Der Linde – Global Risk Report and Implications for the South African Risk Enviroment

Simon Van Wyk & Carin Joyce – Metamorphic Risk: Disaster vs Operational Risk

Bijan Yavar & Maisam Mirtaheri – Step Towards Sustainable Urban Management, Development & Community Resiliency

 

 

 

2010

 

8-9 September 2010

Mentorskraal, Jeffrey’s Bay, Eastern Cape

 

 

2009

The biggest annual Disaster Management Conference in Africa

7-8 October 2009 – Elangeli Hotel, Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa

 

DMISA Conference 2009

Johan Minnie – Practical Tricks of the Disaster Management Trade

2008

DMISA Conference 2008

 8-9 Oct 2008 – Goudini Spa, Western Cape

ProgrammeConference Resolutions

 

 

 

 

DMISA Western Cape Regional Workshop 2008

DMISA Western Cape Region Regional Workshop 2008

Club Mykonos, West Coast District, Western Cape Province, South Africa

 

2007

DMISA Conference 2007

 

17-18 Oct 2007 – Mentorskraal, Jeffreys Bay, Eastern Cape

Conference Resolutions

 

 

 

2007

DMISA Western Cape Regional Workshop 2007

Regional Workshop DMISA Western Cape 2007

Club Mykonos, West Coast District, Western Cape Province, South Africa

 

2006

DMISA Conference 2006

13-14 Sep 2006 – Hartenbos, Western  Cape

 

 

Papers and Presentations:

Salvano Briceno – The Hyogo Framework for Action : 2005 – 2015
Juan Carlos Villagran De Leon –  The nature of risks , a conceptional approach

Schalk Carstens – Concept of Emergency Management Centre in Western Cape Province
Paul Hodge & Tony Murray – RedR Southern Africa Register of Engineers for Disaster Relief

Dr. Andrzej Kijko – Strategic Leadership Issues in Disaster Management

Jean – LucTonglet – Disaster Recovery Managing the Receiving End of International Aid
Ferdie Mocke – Strategic leadership issues in Disaster Risk Management

Martin Owor – Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters

Eugene Poolman – Enhancing the Meteorological Early Warning System

Anthony R. Keston – Disaster Risk Reduction and the International Standards Organisation

Sakulski –  United Nations University – Institute for Environment and Human Security
Lance Williams – Strategic Situation Report

 

2006

DMISA National Workshop Regarding Implementation of the Disaster Management Act held in Port Elizabeth in 2006

Presentations:

National Workshop – Level 1 plan

National Workshop – Levels of plans strategy narrative

National Workshop – March Presentation

National Workshop – Comprehensive implementation strategy

 

 

2005

19-20 Oct 2005 – Hartenbos, Western Cape

 

 

Papers and Presentations:

Pedro Basabe – The Hyogo Framework for Action 2005 -2015
2005

Western Cape Regional Disaster Management Workshop

Ameen Benjamin & Greg Nicolson – Masiphumelele Community Risk Assessment

Peter Beretta – Satillite Communications and Disaster Management

Herman Booysen – Disaster Risk Assessment & RAVA project

Jacques Botha – Disaster Management Facilities in the Western Cape

Louis Buys – National Disaster Management Framework and Implementation Strategy

Schalk Carstens – Implementation of Disaster Management in the Western Cape

Minister Dyantyi – Implementing Disaster Management in the Western Cape

Llen Labuscagne – Disaster Risk Reduction

Elretha Louw & Jo Barnes – Enviromental degration in the Cape Winelands

Helen Macgregor – Desember 2004 Cut Off Low : Disaster Debriefing

Greg Pillay – Informal Settlements Fire and Flooding Risk Reduction Strategy

Programme

Pat Reid – National Workshop : Port Elizabeth

Leigh Sonn – Introduction to the Draft Disaster Management Framework for the Western Cape

 

2004

 

4 Feb 2004 – Cape Disaster Debrief 2004 – Mowbray, Cape Town, Western Cape 

 

Cape Disaster Debrief 2004 – Resolutions

John Anderson – Digital Trunked Radio System

Bassil Bonner & Geoff Bettison – The private sector’s perspective

Jacques Botha – Technology and Equipment Update

Michael Brand – Fire Safety Services

Captain Dave Colly – South African Maritime Safety Authority

Simulated Exercises – Evaluation Critique

J.C.H. Hartnady – Recent motion of the African plates

J.C.H. Hartnady – Earthquake hazardz in Africa

J.C.H. Hartnady – Algerian Earthquake

J.C.H. Hartnady – Cape Town Earthquakes : Review of the Historical Record

Holloway – Introduction and Update

Holloway – Montagu Floods

Keith Kleinhans – Disaster Management at Major Events : An EMS Perspective

Geoff Laskey – Public Safety Planning Guideline for Events

Austin Leader & Mark Pluke – The role of the Local Disaster Management Centre at mass events

Johan Minnie – The Secret of Exercise D-N-C revealed

Sibongile Mqakayi – Article on the Debrief

L. Sisa Mtwa – Rail Incidents Metrorail

Peter Sole – Transport & Traffic Management Perspective

Stephen van Rensburg – M/V Sealand Express Incident

Neville van Rensburg – Iran Earthquake

J.C Zandberg – Major Event Management

Victor Zazeraj – South African Cross – Border Disaster Relief Assistance

 

13-14 Oct 2004 – Gallagher Estate, Midrand, Gauteng

DMISA Conference 2004

 

2003

9-10 Oct 2003 – Birchwood Hotel, Boksburg, Gauteng

 

 

2002

10-11 Oct 2002 – Golden Horse Hotel, Pietermaritzburg, Kwazulu-Natal

 

2001

19-20 Sep 2001 – Feather Market Hall, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

 

2000

5-6 Oct 2000 – Elangeni Hotel, Durban, Kwazulu-Natal

 

1999

2-3 Sep 1999 – Ritz Hotel, Cape Town, Western Cape

 

Papers and Presentations:

Dina Burger – Managing the HIV/AIDS disaster beyond 2000

Raimond Camilleri – Natural disasters : Insurance

Barney de Villiers – Disasters: The Social Impact

L.A. Du Plessis, M.F. Viljoen & H.J. Booysen – New decicion support management models for Disaster Management

Gary McFadden – Risk Management : A Critical Component of Sustainable Development

Don Scrhamm – Implementing Disaster Manegement Training

Deline van Boom – The role of NGO’s within the disaster management process

David Venter – The Role of the Media in the implementation of Disaster Management

Ken Westgate – Integrating Disaster Management into development

Raimond Camilleri – Exposure to natural hazards : Reinsurance schemes

Peter Ewart – National Y2K Contingency Plan

 

1998

10-11 Sep 1998 – Osner Hotel, East London, Eastern Cape

 

1997

18-19 Sep 1997 – City Hall, Polokwane, Limpopo

 

1996

31 Oct – 1 Nov 1996 – Aventura, Warmbaths, Gauteng

 

29 Feb -1 Mar 1996 – Holiday Inn, Garden Court, Johannesburg, Gauteng

 

1994

8-9 Sep 1994 – The Willows Conference Centre, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

 

1993

23-24 Sep 1993 – Agricultural College , Nelspruit, Mpumalanga

 

1992

3-4 Sep 1992 – Civic Centre, Bloemfontein, Free State

 

1991

5-6 Sep 1991 – Cape Sun, Cape Town, Western Cape

 

1990

2-3 Aug 1990 – Holiday Inn, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape

 

1989

27-29 Sep 1989 – Civic Centre, Belville, Western Cape

 

1988

29-30 Sep 1988 – Elangeni Hotel, Durban, Kwazulu-Natal

 

1987

8-9 Sep 1987 – Sand Du Plessis Theater, Bloemfontein, Free State

 

1986

19-20 Aug 1986 – Civic Centre, Germiston, Gauteng

 

Please note: Current-day provincial and town/city names are used in this list in cases where names have changed in the period from 1986.