International workshop on Increasing Resilience to Natural hazards through Information and Communication Technology

When :

from Wednesday 14 September, 2016
to Friday 16 September, 2016

Type of event :

Working group/Expert Meeting

Where :

UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France

Contact :

Davide Poletto at

The International worksho is organized by the Section on Earth Sciences and Geo-Hazards Risk Reduction and the Science Unit of the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, Venice (Italy), in cooperation with ISMB (Institute Mario Boella).

The workshop is a milestone event of the H2020 Project “Improving Resilience to Emergencies through Advanced Cyber Technologies” (I-REACT), which aims to set an integrated platform to support emergency response in case of floods and wildfires, or other extreme events, by leveraging on a wide array of new information and communication technologies for real time reporting, exploiting social media, imagery from space as well as wearable (bands, smart glasses) and drone technologies.

UNESCO contribution to IREACT project is consistent with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, which stresses out the importance to use appropriate communications and geospatial and space-based technologies and related services to strengthen the use mobile phone networks to support national measures for successful disaster risk communication, as appropriate and in accordance with national laws.