Disaster Risk Reduction Working Group

Disaster Risk Reduction Working Group

About

The Disaster Risk Reduction Working Group (DRR-WG) is created to promote the use of Earth observations in national efforts to build disaster resilience and disaster risk reduction. Our goal is to develop and implement a coherent and crosscutting approach for this purpose.

The GEO Work Programme is currently implementing more than two dozen activities using Earth Observations for disaster preparedness and prevention, mitigation of potential damage, and better management of and recovery from disasters.

Significant reductions in fatalities and property damage can be achieved by strengthening cooperation and data sharing for satellite and surface data to manage risks posed by fires, floods, earthquakes, and other hazards. Better information, made widely accessible, leads to improved understanding of disaster risk.

WHAT WE DO

  • Serving as the primary GEO liaison to the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)
  • Promoting awareness of relevant global policy frameworks, such as UNDRR Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030
  • Collaborating with other working groups and activities within GEO on climate action, sustainable development, and urban resilience

Governance

Three co-chairs are elected by and from the DRR-WG members to lead designated subgroups. These co-chairs represent a balance of gender, geography, and generation.

Co-Chair

Deputy chair

Subgroups

Are established to run the work of the Disaster Risk Reduction Working Group:

  • SG1: GEO Disaster Risk Reduction Subgroup - Work Programme Coordination

    Rui

    Rui Kotani

    GEO Secretariat Representative.GEO Secretariat

    SG1 aims to develop and implement a comprehensive approach to advance the use of Earth observations to support countries' disaster risk reduction and resilience efforts. This subgroup ensures a thorough understanding of national requirements and effectively communicates these needs to the relevant activities within the GEO Work Programme.

    Key objectives

    • Highlighting aspects of the GEO Work Programme related to disaster risk reduction, and describe key elements and locations of each activity.
    • Promoting sharing of data and knowledge to improve disaster risk reduction, including through good practices and impact.
    • Promoting awareness of relevant global policy frameworks, such as UN-GGIM WG-Disasters Strategic Framework on Geospatial Information and Services.
  • SG2: GEO Disaster Risk Reduction Subgroup - UNDRR Coordination for Sendai Framework Priorities

    Rui

    Rui Kotani

    GEO Secretariat Representative.GEO Secretariat

    SG2 promotes the dissemination and use of Earth observations to strengthen disaster risk reduction capabilities according to country needs as identified by UNDRR. Serving as primary GEO liaison to UNDRR, this subgroup works towards:

    • Increasing the use of Earth observations data for local and national disaster risk reduction strategies;
    • Increasing the use of GNSS-enhanced Earth observations data through consortia;
    • Increasing the use of Earth observations data to show trends over time and hot spots while predicting and analyzing future risks.
  • SG3: GEO Disaster Risk Reduction Subgroup - Climate Change and SDG Coordination

    Rui

    Rui Kotani

    GEO Secretariat Representative.GEO Secretariat

    SG3 leverages SG1 efforts to provide an overview of links and actionable opportunities between disaster risk reduction, climate change, sustainable development goals and urban activities, notably for adaptation, early warning and resilience.

Members

Name Affiliation WG SG1 SG2 SG3
Adnane Labbaci
Morocco Member - - Member
Ahmad Halilu
Nigeria Member - - -
Akiyuki Kawasaki
Japan Member Member - Member
Albert Momo
Trimble Member Member - -
Alik Ismail-Zadeh
Germany Member - Member -
Aliyu Abdullahi
ACCREC Member - Deputy chair -
Allison Craddock
IAG Member Member Member -
Amarnath Giriraj
IWMI Member - - -
Amos Kabo-Bah
Ghana Member Member - -
Amy Parker
CEOS Member Member - -
Anderson Muchawona
Zimbabwe Member - - -
Andrew Nyawade
Kenya Member Member - -
Andrew Spezowka
UNDRR Member Member Member -
Andrew Eddy
CEOS Member - - -
No Photo
Colombia Member - - -
No Photo
Thailand Member - Member -
Ayumi Arai
Japan Member - - Member
Bandela Ajay Kumar
CEOS Member Member - -
Bente Lilja Bye
Norway Member - - Member
Carlos Robles Romero
Ecuador Member - - -
No Photo
Ecuador Member - - -
Carolina Adler
MRI Member - - Member
Charlie Mandeville
United States Member - - -
Cheila Cullen
United States Member - - Deputy chair
Chiara Del Ventisette
Italy Member - - -
Christy Chaudill
Canada Member Member Member -
Conan Vassily Obame
Gabon Member - Member -
Daniele Ehrlich
European Commission Member Member - Member
David Borges
United States Co-Chair SG Lead - -
Diana Salazar Valenzuela
Ecuador Member - - -
No Photo
Ecuador Member - - -
Diofantos Hadjimitsis
Cyprus Member - - -
Ebenezer Victor Addabor
DE Africa Member - - -
No Photo
Ecuador Member - - -
No Photo
Ecuador Member - - -
Fabian Löw
Germany Member Member Member -
Farai Kuri
Zimbabwe Member - Member -
Fernando Belda-Esplugues
Spain Member Deputy chair - -
Fernando Echavarria
United States Member - - Member
Florian Franziskakis
GEO Secretariat GEO Sec for Info GEO Sec for Info - -
No Photo
Ecuador Member - - -
Ghulam Rasul
ICIMOD Member - - Deputy chair
Glenn Newnham
CODATA Member - Member -
Godstime James
Nigeria Member Deputy chair - -
Gregory Yetman
SDSN Member Member Member -
Haris Kontoes
Greece Member - - -
Hidenori Fujimura
Japan Member - Member Member
Hélène De Boissezon
CEOS Member Member - -
No Photo
Pakistan Member - - -
Jakub Ryzenko
Poland Member - - -
No Photo
Ecuador Member - - -
Johan Naranjo
Colombia Member Member - -
John Labrecque
United States Member - Deputy chair -
No Photo
Uganda Member - - -
Joselyn Robledo Ceballos
Chile Member - Member -
No Photo
Chile Member - - -
Kene Onukwube
Nigeria Co-Chair Member - SG Lead
Krystal Azelton
SWF Member Member - -
Laila Kühle
Germany Member Member Member -
Laura Frulla
CEOS Member - - -
Lida Garcia Montero
Ecuador Member - - -
Luigi Piccardi
Italy Member - Member -
Luis Donas
Chile Member - Member -
No Photo
Ecuador Member - - -
Luis Felipe Robledo
Chile Member - -
Manuel Urrutia
UNU-EHS Member - Member -
Marcelo Uriburu Quirno
Argentina Member - - -
Marie-Francoise Voidrot
OGC Member - - -
Mariko Shibasaki
Japan Member Member - Member
Mario Andres Salgado
Spain Member - Member -
Markus Enenkel
Austria Member - Member -
No Photo
Germany Member - - -
Mohsen Ghafory-Ashtiany
IUGG Member - - -
Nathaniel Newlands
Canada Co-Chair Member SG Lead -
Nhilce Esquivel
Sweden Member Member Deputy chair -
Nicolas Wagener
Germany Member - Member -
Nurfashareena Muhammad
Malaysia Member Member - -
No Photo
ACCREC Member - - Member
Paola De Salvo
GEO Secretariat GEO Sec for Info GEO Sec for Info - -
Paul Box
Australia Member Member - -
Ramesh Singh
United States Member - - Deputy chair
Rhea Katsanakis
UNDRR Member - Member -
Roger Pulwarty
United States Member - - Member
Rui Kotani
GEO Secretariat GEO Sec Rep GEO Sec Rep GEO Sec Rep GEO Sec Rep
Ryan Lanclos
Esri Member Member - -
Ryosuke Shibasaki
Japan Member - Member -
Samuel Amos
GEO Secretariat For Info / Support - - -
Sandra Novoa Luque
Ecuador Member - Member -
Sandra Delali Kemeh
GEO Secretariat GEO Sec Rep GEO Sec for Info GEO Sec for Info GEO Sec for Info
Sara Venturini
GEO Secretariat GEO Sec for Info GEO Sec for Info - GEO Sec for Info
Sergey Samsonov
Canada Member - Member -
Shunichi Koshimura
Japan Member - Member -
Sitraka Ranoeliarivao
Madagascar Member - Member -
Solofo Rakotondraompiana
Madagascar Member Member Member -
Stefano Salvi
Italy Member - Member -
Stella Melo
Canada Member Member - -
Stuart Marsh
United Kingdom Member Member - -
Susanne Ingvander
Sweden Member Member Member -
Taiwo Seun Ogunwumi
Nigeria Member - Member -
Tatiya Chuentragun
Thailand Member Deputy chair - -
Viet-Ha Nhu
Vietnam Member - Member -
Wenbo Chu
GEO Secretariat GEO Sec for Info - - -
Yvonne Walz
UNU-EHS Member - Member -

Documents & Resources

Terms of Reference

The Terms of Reference will remain in effect for the period of the 2023-2025 GEO Work Programme. It may be revised with the approval of the Programme Board

Roadmap and subgroup work plans

A Roadmap is proposed to guide the work of the DRR-WG and prioritize action based on the approved Terms of Reference. The Roadmap also outlines the way members engage and contribute to the objectives of the DRR-WG. It contains priority deliverables, milestones and the working timeline, as well as the work plan of each subgroup. While the DRR-WG activities are outlined for the 2020-2022 period, some have an ongoing nature and are intended to be continued beyond the first term.

Earth Observation (EO) Risk Toolkit

Earth observations hold untapped potential to contribute to disaster preparedness and improved mitigation and response. The Group on Earth Observations, in partnership with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, supports disaster resilience by increasing coordination of Earth observations to prepare for and to prevent disasters, with an end goal of reducing risk globally. Discover Toolkit

Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR) 2022

COVID-19 and climate change are rapidly making it clear that, in today’s crowded and interconnected world, disaster impacts increasingly cascade across geographies and sectors. Despite progress, risk creation is outstripping risk reduction. Discover Report

Contributing Papers:

Other Documents

Collaboration

Individuals interested in joining a WG must be nominated by the GEO Principal of their relevant GEO Member, Participating Organization, or by a GEO Work Programme activity lead. As appropriate, the Programme Board may also invite other qualified individuals to participate as members.

Contacts

For more information about the Disaster Risk Reduction Working Group please contact us