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We are delighted to invite you to the launch meeting of the Disaster Mobility Data Network (DMDN) on July 22, 2021 at 9:00 am - 10:00 am EST.

Changes in mobile phone technology, notably the near-ubiquity in many places of GPS-enabled smartphones, have altered the ways that response agencies and researchers understand and respond to crises. As this data becomes mainstream in emergency management, key issues of data capacity and data literacy - as well as ethics, privacy, and data protection - become increasingly pressing. 

The Network will provide a platform for data scientists and the disaster risk management community to connect and share best practices around use of mobility data for disaster preparedness and response. Join us for the inaugural call featuring:

  • Sylvain Ponserre (Internal Displacement Monitoring Center): Data on post-disaster displacement: challenges and gaps.
  • Guanghua Chi (Facebook): New short-term population displacement methodology in FB Disaster Maps.
  • Andrew Schroeder and Maham Khan (Direct Relief / GFDRR): Disaster mobility situation reports; roadmap for the DMDN.

Open discussion with network members: Harnessing mobility data for disaster risk management.

Register here.

Now in its 5th year, I4C’s 2021 edition will be entirely virtual. It will run over 3 days, from May 25-27, each day comprising high-level plenaries along with a Workshop Program which provides a forum for practitioners to demonstrate how to achieve a resilient and low-carbon future.

The three-day program will also include a Marketplace, where public and private sector organizations will be able to showcase their climate action initiatives and engage with conference participants.

The Spring 2021 Consultative Group (CG) meeting of GFDRR will take place virtually through Webex on Wednesday, May 19, 2021.

The International Conference on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (ICDRI 2021) is an interactive virtual conference which follows International Workshops on Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (IWDRI) held in 2018 and 2019. ICDRI is the annual international conference of the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) in partnership with member countries, organizations and institutions to strengthen the global discourse on disaster and climate resilient infrastructure.

Today, frequent and extreme disasters continue to threaten people around the world, with risks exacerbated with climate change.  The global COVID-19 pandemic further poses an unprecedented challenge in managing compound risks.  Commemorating the Great East Japan Earthquake (GEJE)'s 10th anniversary, we look back to understand the reconstruction efforts to build back better, re-examine lessons learned, reflect upon what GEJE has taught us on enhancing future resilience, and discuss how to tackle the challenges that lie ahead.  

Every year, the global open data community gathers for hundreds of local events for the annual Open Data Day, organized by Open Knowledge Foundation. Groups host hackathons, workshops, webinars and more to show the benefits of open data in their local community, and to encourage the adoption of open data policies in government, business and civil society. The next Open Data Day is Saturday, March 6th, 2021.

On Saturday, March 6, join the Labs and OpenDRI team of the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) for an Open Data Day webinar on the value of open data for understanding disaster risk.

Exploring national legislative frameworks for public-private engagement in hydromet services.