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Scientific and Technical Advisory Group (STAG)

The purpose of the UNISDR Scientific and Technical Advisory Group (STAG) is to provide substantive technical advice and support in the formulation and implementation of activities carried out by the broad International Strategy for Disaster Risk Reduction (ISDR) community. The work of the STAG encompasses all aspects of the scientific and technical dimensions of risk reduction, with particular emphasis on the needs of developing countries.

Using science for disaster risk reduction: report of the ISDR scientific and technical advisory group, 2013

This report asserts that the more widespread integration of science into disaster risk reduction policy making will depend on science being ‘useful, useable and used’. The case studies in the report describe specific examples of scientific learning being employed to enhance disaster risk reduction, providing evidence that science is useable for disaster risk reduction. The case studies were selected from across the breadth of scientific disciplines and from all parts of the globe. They demonstrate that science can: (i) be driven by the need to address the adverse effects of disasters on lives, livelihoods, economies and societies (ii) enable more focused disaster risk assessment (iii) reduce the impact of disasters by better forecasting (iv) improve disaster risk mitigation programmes.

The Scientific and Technical Advisory Group makes the following recommendations in this report: (i) Encourage science to demonstrate that it can inform policy and practice (ii) Use a problem-solving approach to research that integrates all hazards and disciplines (iii) Promote knowledge into action (iv) Science should be key to the Post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction (Hyogo Framework for Action, HFA2).

View full report - including ten case studies