Check out this series of webinars on urban resilience:

EMI’s Institute of Urban Resilience (EMI-IUR) recently launched its Urban Resilience Webinar series where participants can learn from and interact real-time with world-renowned experts on the most pressing urban resilience and disaster risk management (DRM) topics today. The webinars provide a structured and comprehensive lecture on the topic with pertinent examples and case studies to facilitate the learning process. The webinars will be extremely relevant and useful to policy makers, DRM practitioners, planners, architects, engineers, social scientists, researchers, educators, community leaders, from both private and public sectors, as well as anybody who has a genuine interest to expand their knowledge in the fields of DRM and urban resilience.

The second webinar entitled Nature-Based Strategies to Coastal Defense” will be held on February 9, 2016, 15:00 (Philippine Standard Time). Our subject matter expert will be Anne Ronelle Siders, Atty. Anne Siders is a scientist and a lawyer, and currently works as a Research Fellow of EMI. Atty. Siders took her bachelor’s degree in Human Evolutionary Biology and doctorate of jurisprudence at Harvard University. She is a candidate for doctorate degree in Environment and Resources at Stanford University. She also has post-doctoral research scholar at the Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University and a Presidential Management Fellow with the U.S. Navy. This webinar will highlight natural and structural solutions (soft and hard armoring) and discuss the pros and cons of these nature-based strategies, together with examples of where these solutions have been implemented and some of the lessons learned.

The next webinar will be on Hazard, Vulnerability, and Risk Assessments (HVRA) and will be conducted on March 10, 2016, 15:00 (Philippine Standard Time). This webinar will discuss the concept of disaster risk and will cover the different assessment techniques used in determining the risk (e.g. hazards and vulnerabilities) of various sectors (e.g. social, economic, physical, and institutional) and critical facilities. The subject matter expert for this webinar is Dr. Engr. Fouad Bendimerad, Chairman and Executive Director of EMI. Dr. Bendimerad is a former faculty member of the School of Engineering at Stanford University and is currently in charge of that university’s seismic reduction program, which recently received the ATC-ENR award for being one of the ten top seismic projects in the USA.

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