Water and Disaster Risk Reduction (2012-2013)

Water and DRR

Records show that both natural and man-made disaster frequency appears to be increasing. Essentially, disasters are human-made, as natural hazards translate to disasters only to the extent that the population is unprepared to respond, unable to cope, and, consequently, severely affected. Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) includes “systematic efforts to analyze and manage the causal factors of disasters, including through reduced exposure to hazards, lessened vulnerability of people and property, wise management of land and the environment, and improved preparedness for adverse events” (UNISDR) The field of DRR is therefore broad, spanning development, humanitarian assistance, climate change adaptation, environmental management and national and international security.

The Water and Disaster Risk Reduction Cluster group aims to facilitate the adoption and implementation of water-related Disaster Risk Reduction within the policy making arena, thus enabling progress on the ground relevant for international cooperation. Examples from both Swedish experiences as well as international experiences by Swedish actors are tapped into. The group encompasses many different sectors, sharing their perspectives in order to discuss how water and DRR policies and practices need to improve.

The cluster group has created an open group on Linked In to facilitate spontaneous networking with Swedish expertise interested in the field of Water and DRR.

If you want to know more, please contact Åse Johannessen at ase.johannessen@gmail.com

Seminar: Integrated flood risk management in Sweden – How to achieve it

The seminar was held in November 2013.

Presentations from training session

The cluster group organised a training session on Disaster Risk Reduction in WASH on 5 December 2012. Access the presentations here:

On the 29th of Aug 2012, the cluster group on Water and Disaster Risk Reduction held the workshop “Resilience and DRR in WASH systems (water sanitation & hygiene) – Post disaster emergency & conflict situations”.
The workshop was co-organised by the WASH & RESCUE research project (SEI). Access power points from the workshop here:


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