SE15: Global Risk Identification Programme (GRIP)
- ID: SE15
- Date & Time: Wednesday 17 June (13:30 - 15:00)
- Room: 18
- Participation: Open
- Organizer: UNDP, CRED, UN-HABITAT, IFRC, Provention, Consortium, UNEP, NSET
- Focal Point: trrefo (at) gmail.com,carlos.villacis (at) undp.org
Accurate information on disaster losses, hazards, vulnerabilities and risks is fundamental for designing and implementing effective policies and programmes that actually reduce the impact of disasters.
Climate change, heavily influencing the patterns of hydro-meteorological and climatic hazards, makes future disaster losses more difficult to predict and prevent. It modifies frequency and intensity of existing hazards, it causes known hazards to happen in unexpected locations, it even creates totally new hazardous events.
To protect and promote development gains, guide present and future adaptation and risk reduction decisions, it is essential to better understand risk trends, which is only made possible by sound risk identification processes.
The Global Risk Identification Programme (GRIP), officially launched at the 1st DRR global platform forum in 2007, is the official platform of the ISDR system for the implementation of HFA priority for action 2 (identify, assess and monitor disaster risks). Hosted by UNDP, it is the body in charge of coordinating the generation of disaster risk information, and of supporting its applications to improve the quality of policies, decisions and investments at all political levels. GRIP operates by establishing strong and extensive partnerships with both international community and national authorities.
GRIP also works to specifically address the needs of countries imminently threatened by climate change. In Peru, for example, where the glaciers have lost 25% of their area during the last 30 years, GRIP has supported a risk assessment and management programme to cope with the changes to the hydrological regime caused by glacier melting. The risk identification process has translated into urban development and water management plans, as well as into a strategy, developed by the Ministry of Agriculture, to promote the use of water-friendly crops.
• launching of GRIP's portal as a primary source of knowledge, resources and data for disaster risk identification
• presentation of some of the products GRIP has developed and offers its partners to perform risk identification
• generation of demand for GRIP's services in regions, countries and communities worldwide
• presentation of some of the partnerships established so far, and promotion of new ones to fulfill GRIP’s role as official platform for risk identification
• launching of the process to establish 3 Communities of Practice, in charge of supporting GRIP's efforts to create valuable products in each of its 3 main thematic areas (capacity development, risk assessment, and enhanced disaster data
The side event will be articulated into 3 main parts of 30 min. each.
In the first one an overview of the results achieved so far will be given. The products GRIP has developed and the initiatives it helps implementing in the field will be presented, with particular emphasis on national disaster observatories and risk assessments at the national and local level.
During the second one a demonstration of actual and future services available on the GRIP portal will be given, especially focusing on the capacity development products (which include risk identification tools and training modules) and on the catalogue of disaster loss databases.
The third part will be reserved for the discussion among audience and panelist, as well as to launch the process leading to the constitution of the Communities of Practice for Capacity Development, Risk Assessment, and Disaster Loss Data Collection.
Note: this is an interim report pending publication of the Conference Proceedings from the 2009 Global Platform.