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KEYNOTE 6: Integrated Research on Disaster Risk: challenges and opportunities for the future of mountains
Wednesday, 11/Sep/2019:
8:15am - 8:40am

Location: Congress center
Sall Innsbruck
by Irasema Alcántara Ayala

Session Abstract

Mountains are complex systems both in terms of the dynamic of the planet and the changes sculpted by societies through time. Physical phenomena as the expression of the genesis and evolution of mountain landscapes are transformed into natural hazards when potentially can affect people. However, it is the transformation of the environment what gives rise to the dimensions of vulnerability and the configuration of exposure, which turns into disaster risk when combined with hazards. As such, disaster risk takes place on the rim of socio-environmental processes under specific territorial contexts in time and space, and disasters are the expression or materialization of existing risk conditions in society.

Scientific challenges and needs of societies, such as those related to disaster risk reduction, have led to transformations from mono-disciplinary perspectives, into multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary approaches. Integrated disaster risk research has moved beyond scientific boundaries not only to understand the ingredients of risk and disaster causality and dynamics, but to manage disaster risk by working together with diverse stakeholders, in the co-production of knowledge and practice.

As integrated research on disaster risk should be carried out therefore within an overarching framework that involves multiple responsibilities, commitments and different spatial-temporal scales, challenges and opportunities for the future of mountains should be directed towards enlightening decision, policy-making and practice, for societal benefit and territorial sustainability.

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