Disaster Risk Reduction 2021
The annual DMISA Disaster Risk Reduction Conference that would have taken place in 2020 has been postponed to 2021 due to the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic, and will be held from 19 to 18 March 2021 at The Station Urban Event Space, 65 Masabalala Yengwa Avenue in Durban, eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa.
DMISA CONFERENCE 30 SEPTEMBER AND 1 OCTOBER 2020 POSTPONED
The health and safety of our Delegates, Dignitaries, Exhibitors and Speakers is our highest priority.
After careful consideration, and in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown, this year’s DMISA Conference scheduled for 30 September and 1 October 2020 is postponed.
Please note the following:
- New DMISA Conference Date:
Wednesday, 17 March and Thursday, 18 March 2021
- The Venue remains unchanged:
The Station Urban Event Space, 65 Masabalala Yengwa Ave, Durban Kwazulu Natal
- You will be provided with updated information
The Annual Conference of the Institute is the biggest annual Disaster Management Conference in Africa and routinely attracts more than 300 delegates. The Institute is recognized as the mouthpiece of the Disaster Management profession in Southern Africa.
The conference provides an annual opportunity for a diverse range of stakeholders in disaster management from across Africa to gather and share skills, knowledge and experience.
Please use the following links to access or download:
1. DMISA Conf2020 Cover (Conference Notice – PDF)
2. DMISA Conf2020 Invitation (Conference Invitation – PDF)
3. DMISA Conf2020 Registration Form (PDF) / 3. DMISA Conf 2020 Registration Form (Editable – Word)
4. DMISA Conf2020 Accommodation Options (PDF)
Disaster Risk Reduction 2021
Call for Papers
DISASTER MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE OF SOUTHERN AFRICA (DMISA) CONFERENCE 2020
17 – 18 MARCH 2020
The Station Urban Event Space, Durban, eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa
THEME: “IMPACT AND INFLUENCE: Enhancing strategy and execution in disaster, risk and resilience management.”
The Annual DMISA Conference is the largest annual Disaster Management Conference in Africa. The conference provides opportunity for a diverse range of stakeholders in disaster management from across Africa and the world to gather and share skills, knowledge and experience in order to promote disaster risk reduction in Southern Africa and beyond.
DMISA is the non-profit professional association for Disaster Management in Southern Africa and the SAQA approved professional body for Disaster Management in South Africa.
The Global Target from the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction that, before the COVID-19 Pandemic, was going to be the focus theme for 2020 was to “substantially increase the number of countries with national and local disaster risk reduction strategies by 2020”. With this theme in mind aginst teh backgroudnof what we know know of COVID-19, and well aware that strategy is meaningless without practical execution, DMISA has decided to dedicate DRR 2021 to enhancing strategy and execution in disaster reduction, bringing about real impact in the battle to reduce disaster risk and build resilience, and exercising real influence towards disaster risk reduction across sectors and disciplines.
Disaster Risk Reduction 2021 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 “Impact and Influence” banner, and DMISA would like to encourage innovate and forward-looking discourse that activates and encourages on a practical level.
Please visit our DMISA Website for more information on the Conference: www.disaster.co.za
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:
- IMPACT AND INFLUENCE: Enhancing strategy and execution in disaster, risk and resilience management;
- The Global Target from the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction that will be the focus theme for 2020: “substantially increase the number of countries with national and local disaster risk reduction strategies by 2020”.
- Relationships between strategy and execution in disaster, risk and resilience management.
- Bringing about real impact in the battle to reduce disaster risk and build resilience.
- Exercising real influence towards disaster risk reduction across sectors and disciplines.
- Recent disasters and major incidents – debriefs, analysis and learning opportunities;
- The latest priorities and developments in disaster impact and disaster risk data collection, management and communication;
- Climate change: Adaptation, extremes, potential positive pathways for humanity;
- Integrated, risk-informed, development planning;
- Thriving communities: When resilience is not just bouncing back after a shock, but bouncing forward, improving, thriving, unlocking social upliftment and improvement for our citizens and society in general;
- Critical infrastructure protection legislation and what disaster risk practitioners need to do about it, and the criticality of natural and social infrastructure;
- Unpacking RCP 1.5 and other representative concentration pathways, what disaster risk reduction practitioners need to know and need to do about climate change scenario development and the effectiveness of climate change mitigation; and
- Current and future priorities for action in disaster risk reduction.
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 2020
Final notice of approval of abstracts: 29 May 2020
Deadline for submission of papers: 24 July 2020
To include CV, Abbreviated CV, Resolutions, Presentation
Disaster Risk Reduction 2019
Disaster Risk Reduction 2019 was held from 18-19 September at the ATKV Resort Hartenbos in the Mossel Bay Municipality, Garden Route District, Western Cape Province, South Africa
Adapting to Extremes and Limiting Disaster Loss
Pathways to integrated resilience and sustainability for basic services, critical infrastructure, and thriving communities.
DRR 2019 focused on how we adapt to the extremes brought about by global, regional and local change to limit disaster loss by focusing on finding pathways to integrated resilience and sustainability for basic services, critical facilities and community assets in order to allow communities to thrive. The conference considered the reduction of disaster damage to critical infrastructure and disruption of basic services, among them health and educational facilities, through developing their resilience, aligning with the UNISDR Sendai 7 Campaign’s 2019 Target 4 priority towards 2030. Disaster Risk Reduction 2019 provided 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 were of course many specific topics that could have been be covered under the “Adapting to Extremes and Limiting Disaster Loss” banner, and DMISA encouraged innovate and forward-looking discourse that activates and encourages on a practical level.The DRR 2019 proceedings will soon be accessible from this page.
Conference 2019 Resolutions
The conference supports the need to establish a joint committee aimed at developing a Tropical Cyclone Preparedness Plan for SADC.
Let’s strengthen general resilience capabilities by enhancing the quality of collective sensemaking among essential service providers and first responders (sensemaking is defined as the process of individuals collectively creating reality in their everyday life in organizations; it is an ongoing accomplishment that involves assigning meaning to experiences and creating order out of events by making sense of them (Weick, 1995).
All municipalities actively engage in dynamic disaster risk profiling, regularly reviewing disaster risk assessments (seasonally, annually, before major development, following major incidents).
Promote local and regional preparedness through practical exercises.
Disaster management practitioners adopt the Green Book as a planning support tool and resource for promoting community resilience to veldfires, floods and drought.
There is need for DMISA and the Disaster Management profession to embrace the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR).
Municipalities, Provinces and other organs of state, are encouraged and urged to use the guidelines issued by the National Disaster Management Centre to implement the disaster management legislation.
The 2019 DMISA Conference Resolutions were discussed at the joint NDMC and DMISA meeting held in Bellville on 13 November 2019 and implementation strategies
were agreed upon.
Disaster Risk Reduction 2018
Mobilising Future Ready Resilience
Sustainably reducing disaster risk and disaster impact, today and tomorrow.
DRR 2018 focused on reducing direct disaster economic losses, aligning with the UNISDR Sendai 7 Campaign’s 2018 Target 3 priority. DRR 2018 (19-20 September 2018) was proudly presented by the Disaster Management Institute of Southern Africa (DMISA), co-hosted with the City of Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality and supported by the South African National Disaster Management Centre (NDMC), the SA Weather Service and the Gauteng Provincial Disaster Management Centre. The 2018 conference was held at the aha Kopanong Hotel & Conference Centre, Benoni, in the region of the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, Gauteng, South Africa.
DMISA CONFERENCE 2018 STATEMENT FROM THE DISASTER MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE OF SOUTHERN AFRICA (DMISA), ISSUED ON 28 SEPTEMBER 2018
The Disaster Management Institute of Southern Africa (DMISA) Conference held this past week has indicated the strong working relationship between Disaster Management Institute of Southern Africa (DMISA) and the National Disaster Management Centre. The fact that the Minister of COGTA, the Gauteng MEC for COGTA, the acting Mayor for Ekurhuleni and so many other senior political leaders were present and participated in the discussions, was a strong indicator of the political support of Government to reducing disaster risk.
It is imperative that the commitments made by political leadership to increase and expand Disaster Management activities is a major boost for the function and for the people of South Africa who are more and more faced with serious natural and technological disasters.
Discipline in the profession is strong when it is able to provide for critical introspection. The number of academics who provided results of research papers assists DMISA with ensuring self-discipline and introspection.
South Africa can be proud of the many disaster risk reduction initiatives and disaster response activities taking place in the country, including activities in other sector departments that do not necessarily recognise that the good work they are doing is contributing to disaster risk reduction.
We have come a long way in the field of Disaster Management and Disaster Risk Reduction but realise that resilience is often more of an aspirational goal than something that is immediately achievable and recognise that much hard work remains. To this end the Disaster Management Institute of Southern Africa (DMISA) is committed with relevant stakeholders to work on resolving common gaps and especially the risks associated with Climate Change.
We were encouraged by all the examples of practical implementation of Disaster Management across South Africa that was shared with us at this conference and look forward to ongoing engagements of a similar nature.
M L NXUMALO
CONFERENCE 2018 RESOLUTIONS
The following resolutions were taken by the Disaster Management Institute of Southern Africa (DMISA) conference held at Aha Kopanong and Conference Centre, Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa on 19 – 20 September 2018. The Disaster Management Institute of Southern Africa as the Professional Body for Disaster Management in South Africa appeals to all disaster management stakeholders to ensure that the following resolutions are addressed at all forums, platforms and engagements and are included in integrated planning documents:
Paper Title: Strengthened early warning institutional arrangements for the enhancement of community resilience
Author: Ms. Francis Hoets
DMISA requests the National Disaster Management Centre to appeal to national priority lead agents, to commit to the institutionalisation of a national multi-hazard early warning system.
The formalization and establishment of institutional arrangements for a national multi-hazard early warning system, must address ALL national priority threats, and ensure that they are linked to relevant risk reduction efforts and not only those focusing on severe weather. The role of the national government in creating, maintaining and updating early warning systems at all appropriate levels, ensuring that they are integrated into governmental policy and decision-making processes and emergency management systems at both the national and local levels. The feedback from the disaster managers with regards to these warnings has been that all they need to know is “what is going to happen, when, where and how serious it is”. A national multi-hazard early warning system needs to provide easy-to-understand information that is useful, timeous and relevant to disaster managers as well as to the general public. These warnings need to communicate the level of severity, related to the impacts expected, and the likelihood of these impacts to occur. This is translated into a need to move from what the hazard will be to what the hazard will do.
Paper Title: Mass Fatality Management: inclusion of Forensic Pathology Services in Disaster Management
Author: Mr. Izak Louw
DMISA requests The National Disaster Management Centre and the Forensic Pathology Services to jointly plan for mass fatalities with municipalities.
The removal of bodies from scenes of death by Forensic Pathology Services responders is mostly the only exposure that other response services get in dealing with Forensic Pathology Services. There are several minimum standards of compliance for mortuary facilities within a typical working environment. These service delivery requirements demand appropriate spaces and resources to support each stage of the medico-legal death investigation. The overall disaster preparedness for mass fatality management, requires continuous planning, involvement and partnerships in line with the Disaster Preparedness Framework between Forensic Pathology Services and local Disaster Management Centres and other stakeholders.
Paper Title: The Western Cape Drought Disaster Preventing Day Zero-What if?
Author: Mr. Schalk Carstens
DMISA requests the National Disaster Management Centre and the South African Local Government Association to engage with the Department of Water and Sanitation to Develop clear guidelines regarding water ownership and delegations in terms of the National Water Act and the Water Services Act.
The “Blame Game” arises because there is currently lack of clarity of what and when the National Department of Water & Sanitation (National Water Act) and Municipalities and water authorities (Water Services Act) and where the responsibility is vested in the National Department of Agriculture. The proposed guidelines will provide clarity on who is legally responsible for the management of water / droughts i.e. the hazard owner and who must pay for what.
DMISA urges the National Disaster Management Centre, to develop “Emergency Procurement Procedures” that will eliminate bureaucracy in declared disasters.
DMISA further requests the South African Local Government Association the South African Local Government Association to assist municipalities to develop similar procedures.
In spite of both the Public Finance Management Act and the Local Government Municipal Finance Management Act making provision for emergency procurement, there is a reluctance to make use of these provisions. This results in delays in procurement and expenditure of disaster relief funding. The development of a directive of emergency procurement in declared disasters will remove any obstacles and ensure appropriate response to declared disasters.
DMISA requests the National Disaster Management Centre to develop guidelines so that all stakeholders make use of the Disaster Management Act and Framework principles, mechanisms and systems when addressing a Declared “National”, “Provincial” and “Municipal” disaster.
The failure of politicians and sectoral departments to work within the principles of the Disaster Management Act and Framework results in a “silo” approach and does not provide a focused integrated and coordinated approach to dealing with the complex issues and consequences of disasters. Having National guidelines will assist in overcoming this challenge. This can be further strengthened by defining when a disaster is addressed in terms of other legislation. Once a disaster is declared it means the section 2. (b) of the Disaster Management Act no longer applies. The guidelines also need to address a “hand over” process when a disaster is declared.
Paper Title: The Green Book: planning support tool for identifying and adapting South African Settlements at risk to the impacts of climate change.
Author: Mrs. Alize le Roux
DMISA appeals to the National Disaster Management Centre to lobby sector departments to make disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation mandatory in land use planning. DMISA also urges The South African Local Government Association to assist municipalities to develop requirements that make planning for disaster risk reduction and climate change mandatory in all development
It is estimated that a growing number of people in South African cities and towns will be exposed to the devastating impacts of weather induced natural hazards such as flooding, heat waves, droughts, coastal flooding, wildfires and storms. This growing exposure can be partly attributed to a growing urbanizing population, related land use practices and changes projected in the frequency and intensity of weather related natural hazards. Knowing what to adapt for and how to adapt for this change is of critical importance to decision makers involved in the design and planning of human settlements. The Green Book was therefore commissioned with the aim of supporting municipal planning on the development of climate-resilient cities and settlements through research in climate adaptation, ultimately facilitating the mainstreaming of climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction into local government planning instruments.
Paper Title: Drought Risk Information Management: Western Cape Experience.
Author: Mr. Nabeel Rylands
DMISA urges the National Disaster Management Centre to facilitate the establishment of a National Disaster Management Spatial Forum to oversee the development of credible hazard and risk data.
There is a need to establish a Spatial Information Forum which will ensure that credible data sets are available to stakeholders to inform decision making. The structure must include all stakeholders who are addressing water security, economic security, humanitarian relief, safety and security as well as communications. These work streams all required specific information to guide their decision making processes. Vast amounts of data relating to the drought, such as dam levels, water demand and supply, infrastructure data (Telkom, Eskom, Transnet and other infrastructure services), and the location of essential services, such as hospitals and schools, is required. The various data sets must be combined in the development of the risk profiles and risk registers for the different disasters that can occur in municipalities, provinces and nationally, so that informed risk reduction interventions (hard and soft measures) can be developed.
These resolutions will be placed on the Disaster Management Institute of Southern Africa (DMISA) website.
That the National Disaster Management Centre be requested to place these resolutions on the agenda of the NDMC-DMISA working group so that an implementation strategy can be developed.
That the South African Local Government Association be requested to work with the National Disaster Management Centre and municipalities to ensure that these resolutions are addressed and implemented in municipalities and communities at risk.
Disaster Risk Reduction 2017
Back to Basics Through Resilience Design and Innovation: Purpose in Action
Conference Resolutions 2017
DISASTER MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE OF SOUTHERN AFRICA (DMISA): CONFERENCE 2017
27 – 28 SEPTEMBER 2017: COEGA VULINDLELA ACCOMMODATION AND CONFERENCE CENTRE, NELSON MANDELA BAY METROPOLITAN MUNICIPALITY, EASTERN CAPE PROVINCE,
|SPEAKER||TITLE OF PAPER||
PROPOSED CONFERENCE RESOLUTION
|1||Mrs. Olga Dipuo Molaudzi||Remote sensing of fuel moisture content for fire danger forecasting||
To request The National Disaster Management Centre and the South African Local Government Association to promote the integration of geospatial techniques into disaster (fire) risk assessments.
DMISA urges all disaster management stakeholders to ensure that geospatial techniques are integrated into disaster (fire) risk assessments.
It is important to integrate Geospatial technology into fire risk assessment as it aids in identifying the spatial and temporal patterns of fire danger in a recurrent and consistent manner, and provides knowledge on where and when the fire will produce undesirable effects, is important in disaster risk assessment for assessing the danger and vulnerability, to enable design evacuation routes and the formulation of emergence response.
At the recovery stage, it is used to organize data on the damage, rebuilding and for preventing a recurrence.
|2||Mrs. Francis Hoets||Community Based Early Warning Systems and Disaster Risk Management: bridging the Gap||
DMISA urges The National Disaster Management Centre and the South African Local Government Association to promote the involvement of communities at risk in Community Based Early Warning Systems (CBEWS)to enhance the effectiveness of Impact Based Severe Weather
DMISA also encourages Disaster Management stakeholders to use this approach to build resilience in communities at risk.
The involvement, training and awareness of communities at risk in Community Based Early Warning Systems CBEWS will enable individuals, communities and organisations threatened by a hazard to prepare and act appropriately and in sufficient time to reduce the possibility of harm or loss.
Using this approach, communities at risk will be capacitated to understand Impact Based Severe Weather Warnings and combine the information with indigenous knowledge of the local areas at risk, so that, incident and disaster mortality, the number of people affected, economic loss, damage to critical infrastructure and disruptions to basic services will be substantially reduced.
Dr. Johannes. A. Belle
|Building resilience in natural capital to reduce disaster risks and adapt to climate change: a case of wetlands in the eastern Free State; South Africa||
DMISA requests The National Disaster Management Centre and the South African Local Government Association to capacitate municipalities on the use of natural ecosystems to reduce disaster risks and adapt to climate change.
DMISA urges all disaster management stakeholders to improve their ability to use natural ecosystems to reduce disaster risks and adapt to climate change.
The use of natural ecosystems to reduce disaster risks and adapt to climate change was strongly endorsed by three international conferences in 2015.
Wetlands were singled out as one of the best ecosystems FOR community driven initiatives that can be used to reduce disaster risks, adapt to climate change and thus build community and system resilience.
This approach also has multiple benefits such as reducing disasters, adapting to climate change, improving biodiversity and building community sustainable livelihoods at almost no cost.
|4||Mr. Thinus Rabe||The Use of Indigenous Knowledge and the Role of Traditional Leadership in Disaster Management||
DMISA requests to the National Disaster Management Centre to encourage research and practice that strengthens the importance of cultural practice and indigenous knowledge in Community Risk Reduction.
DMISA urges all disaster management stakeholders and Academic Institutions to include cultural practice and indigenous knowledge in their programmes and projects.
The successful implementation of disaster prevention measures compels the disaster manager to include different perceptions and other understandings, as this will enhance the comprehension and appreciation of the motivations behind people’s actions.
Including cultural practice and indigenous knowledge in Community Risk Reduction programmes will enhance understanding and commitment.
Community specific disaster prevention plans are prescribed in Section 47(2) of the Disaster Management Act.
Mrs. Patricia Zweig.
Where there’s Smoke, there’s Fire – Fire Detection in Informal Settlements
DMISA appeals to the National Disaster Management Centre and the South African Local Government Association to promote a collaborative, people-orientated approach to resilience-building and thereby enhance the success of risk-reduction initiatives.
DMISA endorses a collaborative, people-orientated approach to resilience-building and risk-reduction initiatives.
The involvement of at-risk communities in collaborative planning and design will result in creating purpose-built solutions that are acceptable to and appropriate for the realities of life in these increasingly complex urban communities.
The solutions need to be simple enough to be taken up and embraced by the community members themselves, by using creative thinking to address the hazards being manifested today, especially in urban areas.
Dr Herman Booysen
Designing a resilient African city, the Smart way
DMISA requests the National Disaster Management Centre to investigate the use of Social Media Platforms including possible mutual aid agreements to obtain Disaster related data and information
DMISA urges all disaster management stakeholders to explore the use of Social Media Platforms to obtain Disaster related data and information
The extensive use of social media means that it can provide valuable information regarding the location and attributes of disaster related incidents.
Disaster management officials must be able to access real time and historical data. The assistance of the various social media platforms will be necessary. Engaging them on a national level will enhance bargaining power and promote uniformity. The relationships can be strengthened through agreements.
Mr. Geoff Laskey
Disaster Management Mutual Aid Agreements: A structured approach to Planning and Implementation
DMISA requests The National Disaster Management Centre and the South African Local Government Association to encourage Municipalities to enter into Mutual Assistance Agreements to ensure that adequate resources are available to deal with the Risk Profile of the Municipal area by augmenting capacity through shared disaster management resources.
DMISA encourages all disaster management stakeholders to augment their capacity through shared disaster management resources by means of Mutual Assistance Agreements.
During disasters authorities often do not have enough resources to effectively respond and manage the disaster or emergency situation.
The recurring dilemma in the interjurisdictional incident management and emergency processes is how to establish and maintain cooperation between organisations in the complex, uncertain environment of an actual disaster and or emergency.
Mutual aid agreements are designed to provide a legal framework for an integrated and co-ordinated response to disasters.
The primary objective of mutual aid agreements is to facilitate rapid, short-term deployment of emergency support prior to, during, and after an incident and to limit the impact and duration of the crisis.
|8||Mr. Owen Becker||A Critical Assessment of Disaster Consequence Management||
DMISA urges the National Disaster Management Centre to develop standards and guidelines for the different types of disaster, that will provide a sound scientific basis for Disaster Declarations and Classifications.
DMISA urges all disaster management stakeholders and Academic Institutions to engage with the NDMC regarding challenges, best practice and possible solutions regarding Disaster Declarations and Classifications.
The work currently been undertaken by the NDMC on guidelines for the declaration and classifications are summaries of the Disaster Management Act and National Framework.
What practitioners at all level need are specific questions and indicators that will eliminate the guess work and provide a scientific basis on which to evaluate. Many indicators and models already exist.
Different approaches are needed for slow onset disasters such as drought and food insecurity.
There is a tendency to ignore the” … and post – disaster recovery and rehabilitation.” Part of sections 27(2)(m); 41(2)(m) and 55(2)(m) of the Disaster Management Act.
|9||Mr. Owen Becker||A Critical Assessment of Disaster Consequence Management||
DMISA appeals to the National Disaster Management Centre and the South African Local Government Association to promote Disaster Consequence Management as a best practice in building Resilient Communities.
DMISA urges all disaster management stakeholders to assess the possible Disaster Consequence so that they can be managed in risk reduction, preparedness response and recovery and thereby build resilient communities.
All disaster management stakeholders must look beyond the hazard when planning for disaster risk reduction, preparedness response and recovery.
The real loss occurs in the socio- economic, infrastructure and environmental consequences that are often difficult to anticipate and quantify.
Estimating the consequences of disasters and managing both the positive and negative results will result in far more resilient communities, because better decisions will be made to protect vulnerable elements and to focus recovery on “community critical” goods and services.
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.