Panel discussion, International Day for Disaster Reduction 2017
Panel discussion, International Day for Disaster Reduction 2017
13 Oct 2017

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All around the world on 13 October each year the International Day for Disaster Reduction highlights how at risk communities are reducing their exposure to disasters.

The CRC hosted a public talk at Customs House in Sydney, featuring a line up of speakers from diverse fields.

Speakers explored Australia’s contribution to reducing impacts from a range of natural disasters. 

  • What are the challenges we face in preparing and responding to natural disasters and how can they be addressed?
  • What can we do today to ensure that the impacts are less tomorrow?  
  • What policies need to be created, better implemented or changed at a national, state and local level?  

This year’s event was held in conjunction with the Attorney-General's Department and the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience, with the support of our partner Risk Frontiers.  


Beck Dawson
Chief Resilience Officer, Resilient Sydney  

Jessica Raine
Emergency Management Australia 

Andrew Gissing
Risk Frontiers and Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC 

Feargus O'Connor
Office of Emergency Management NSW

Tony Jarrett
NSW Rural Fire Service

A video of the event will be on this webpage soon.

Meanwhile, see highlights from last year's event in Melbourne 2016.

To learn more about the International Day for Disaster Reduction visit the UNISDR site.


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International Day For Disaster Reduction
10 October, 2017 | Sydney to host Australian forum for International Day for Disaster Reduction this Friday 13 October, with speakers covering international, national, state and local perspectives on disaster reduction.

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