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  • Date: 22 Jun 2012
  • Time: 10:00 - 1:00 pm
  • Organizer: University Consortium for Small Island States
  • Theme: Improving resilience and disaster preparedness
  • Perspective: Small Island Developing States
  • Language: English
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Reducing the Impacts of Disasters on Sustainable Development in SIDS

The course addresses the challenge of reducing disaster risk within Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

The subject of the course is important because most SIDS are threatened by extreme weather events and sea-level rise, both of which are affected by climate change. Some SIDS are also vulnerable to seismic hazards including tsunami. Natural disasters often have an impact of a devastating magnitude to the GDP of the affected SIDS, such as the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, the 2004 Hurricane Ivan and the 2010 Earthquake in Haiti.

Although such losses profoundly affect person lives and the development of their countries, actions can be taken nationally and locally to reduce the risk to disasters, even for the poor. The course looks at ways in which SIDS, which often have limited options for Disaster Risk Reduction may be able to reduce their risk and increase resilience to these events. There will be a presentation by the two lecturers followed by an exercise on two cases drawn from real events.


Most SIDS are affected profoundly by disasters which can lead to loss of life, destruction of property and erosion of livelihoods. The economic and social impact of disasters in SIDS is among the wor


The objectives of the


1. Introductions
2. Objectives of the Course and schedule
3. Overview of the


The two ins


The person who attends this course will be able to:

1. Explain the main ways in which disasters undermine sustainable development in islands;
2. Explain st

Keynote Speaker
His Excellency Mr. Rolph A. Payet, Minister for Environment and Energy, Government of Seychelles and

Professional background: International policy expert and researcher on environment and island issues, including sustainable development, biodiversity, climate change, energy, and international environment

Instructor 1
Dr. Franklin McDonald, Technical Advisor at the Disaster Risk Reduction Centre of the University of (and Visiting Scholar at the School of Administrative Studies of the York University in Canada)
Professional background: Risk Reduction and Disaster Preparedness expert with focus in Caribbean and Global programmes related to Hazard Assessment, Risk Reduction, Natural Resource Management and Environmental Conservation.
Instructor 2
Dr. Eberhard Weber, Senior Lecturer at Faculty of Science, Technology & Environment at the Universit (University of South Pacific belonging to the University Consortium of Small Island States (UCSIS))
Professional background: Specialist in Social Vulne
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