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.
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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 should clearly state the purpose, results and conclusions of the work to be described in the final paper.
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
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.
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
|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|
17 – 18 September 2014
at Sibaya Imbizo Conference Centre, Umhlanga Rocks, Durban
29th DMISA Conference: Building Disaster Resilience is Everbody’s Business
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
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
14-15 September 2011
NH The Lord Charles Hotel, Somerset West, Western Cape, South Africa
Papers & Presentations:
8-9 September 2010
Mentorskraal, Jeffrey’s Bay, Eastern Cape
7-8 October 2009 – Elangeli Hotel, Durban, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa
8-9 Oct 2008 – Goudini Spa, Western Cape
DMISA Western Cape Regional Workshop 2008
Club Mykonos, West Coast District, Western Cape Province, South Africa
17-18 Oct 2007 – Mentorskraal, Jeffreys Bay, Eastern Cape
DMISA Western Cape Regional Workshop 2007
Club Mykonos, West Coast District, Western Cape Province, South Africa
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
DMISA National Workshop Regarding Implementation of the Disaster Management Act held in Port Elizabeth in 2006
19-20 Oct 2005 – Hartenbos, Western Cape
Papers and Presentations:
Western Cape Regional Disaster Management Workshop
4 Feb 2004 – Cape Disaster Debrief 2004 – Mowbray, Cape Town, Western Cape
13-14 Oct 2004 – Gallagher Estate, Midrand, Gauteng
9-10 Oct 2003 – Birchwood Hotel, Boksburg, Gauteng
10-11 Oct 2002 – Golden Horse Hotel, Pietermaritzburg, Kwazulu-Natal
19-20 Sep 2001 – Feather Market Hall, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
5-6 Oct 2000 – Elangeni Hotel, Durban, Kwazulu-Natal
2-3 Sep 1999 – Ritz Hotel, Cape Town, Western Cape
Papers and Presentations:
10-11 Sep 1998 – Osner Hotel, East London, Eastern Cape
18-19 Sep 1997 – City Hall, Polokwane, Limpopo
31 Oct – 1 Nov 1996 – Aventura, Warmbaths, Gauteng
29 Feb -1 Mar 1996 – Holiday Inn, Garden Court, Johannesburg, Gauteng
8-9 Sep 1994 – The Willows Conference Centre, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
23-24 Sep 1993 – Agricultural College , Nelspruit, Mpumalanga
3-4 Sep 1992 – Civic Centre, Bloemfontein, Free State
5-6 Sep 1991 – Cape Sun, Cape Town, Western Cape
2-3 Aug 1990 – Holiday Inn, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
27-29 Sep 1989 – Civic Centre, Belville, Western Cape
29-30 Sep 1988 – Elangeni Hotel, Durban, Kwazulu-Natal
8-9 Sep 1987 – Sand Du Plessis Theater, Bloemfontein, Free State
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.