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Natural disasters

Natural hazards destroy lives and livelihoods, and create significant economic damage across the globe.

UKCDS member organisations fund research that will help to make informed decisions on actions to reduce their impacts. By bringing UK funders together with other stakeholders, the UKCDS Secretariat promotes the sharing of information and facilitates multidisciplinary approaches to address the complex challenges that natural disasters present.

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Research for disaster risk reduction

The UKCDS Secretariat convenes a Disasters Research Group (DRG), which brings together UK research funders and experts linked to international initiatives. The DRG has been regularly convened since 2009 to promote coordination, networking and collaboration opportunities at the UK and international level.

Through bringing people together, the DRG aims to:

  • share information on UK funding activities and encourage collaboration between its members and others, where appropriate;
  • provide funders, research providers and users with readily available and relevant information on research gaps and foci;
  • develop and recommend processes to facilitate and sustain research uptake across multiple user communities;
  • provide funders, research providers and users with readily accessible and relevant knowledge resources and tools for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR); and
  • influence the international research and innovation agenda for DRR.

 More information on the DRG is available in the Terms of Reference.

If you have any questions about Research for disaster risk reduction, then please feel free to contact Sheila Mburu
11 March 2015
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8 July 2014
The UKCDS Secretariat has been continuing to facilitate collaboration between UN and international science organisations concerning the role of science and technology in disaster risk reduction (DRR...
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29 November 2013
To reduce the risks from future disasters, evidence based Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) interventions should be underpinned by a robust and rigorous assessment of the risk to natural hazards. However...
4 February 2013
Following the publication of the Foresight report on Reducing Risk of Future Disasters in November 2012, the DRG was invited to contribute to the follow-up activities by detailing and prioritising...
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3 July 2012
Disaster risk management in the post-2015 international policy landscape – In July 2012, UKCDS in collaboration with ODI ran a workshop for stakeholders to come together to identify opportunities to...
1 May 2011
NERC, DFID, AHRC and EPSRC, members of the UKCDS working group on disasters, funded a review in 2011 of international funding support for research on the societal impacts of natural hazards, with a...
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30 May 2014
The UKCDS Secretariat has been promoting the use of science in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and supporting a statement on an international science advisory mechanism at the UN Regional Platforms on...