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The Thematic Sessions of the Congress  would be aligned with the themes of plenary sessions. Researchers, policy makers and practitioners  would present their papers in these sessions on a wide range of issues related to each of the plenary themes. Illustrative lists of these issues are suggested below; however the Congress would be open to accept original research papers and presentations on any other issue related to the themes.

Researching Disasters: Themes and Perspectives

Disaster research is now transiting from addressing traditional domain-specific issues to investigating cross-cutting and complex interdependence of causes and their implications. The Congress will discuss the contemporary issues regarding disaster research, as suggested below:

      • Conceptual debates on hazards, vulnerabilities, exposures, risks and resilience;
      • Post-colonial theories and disasters;
      • Disasters as nature’s response to unsustainable development;
      • Laws, institutions, policies and practices on disaster management;
      • Integration of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation;
      • Disaster discourse, power and social justice;
      • Human rights of vulnerable groups and at risk populations;
      • Multidisciplinary approach to risk management and ethical dilemmas;
      • Methodological issues and challenges in disaster research;
      • Global, national and local database in disaster management.

Strengthening Governance for Effective Disaster Risk Management

Risk-sensitive governance is an essential requirement for effective disaster risk management. Topics under this theme would include:

      • Whole-of-Government approach and issues of coordination;
      • All-of-Society approach and issues of multi-stakeholder participation;
      • Decentralization of disaster risk management;
      • Capacity development for holistic management of disasters;
      • Mainstreaming disaster risk reduction in development;
      • Financing disaster risk management;
      • Insurance and other risk transfer mechanisms;
      • Leveraging science and technology for disaster risk management;
      • Transparency and accountability in disaster management;
      • Regional cooperation for disaster management.

Leaving No One Behind : Inclusive Disaster Management

The global communities have pledged that ‘no one will be left behind’ in the collective journey of building the future we want. These inclusive agendas of development are particularly important for disaster management as the marginalized and vulnerable segments of society suffer more in disasters. The issues to be discussed under this theme would include:

      • Disaster and poverty;
      • Vulnerabilities and capacities of women in disaster management;
      • Children and disasters;
      • Disability and disasters;
      • Aging and disasters;
      • Disasters and other marginalized sections of society;
      • Policies and practices of social protection for disaster risk reduction;
      • Gaps and challenges in inclusive disaster management;
      • Building resilience of communities to disasters;
      • Good practices on inclusive disaster management.

Resilient Health Care and Education Systems

Protecting health care and education systems from the vagaries of natural and manmade hazards is extremely important for building resilience to disasters. Under this theme discussions would include the following issues:

      • Structural and non-structural safety of health-care facilities;
      • Emergency health management;
      • Mass casualty management;
      • Surveillance for epidemics: experiences of Zika, Ebola, swine flu, etc.;
      • Post-disaster psycho-social care;
      • Making schools safe in disasters;
      • Disaster management in school education;
      • Disaster management in medical education.

Resilient Ecology, Agriculture and Livelihoods in Changing Climates

Rising temperature and uncertain rainfall are increasing the frequencies and intensities of extreme climatic events with adverse impacts on agriculture and livelihood of people, particularly in the developing countries. The issues to be discussed for building the resilience of ecology, agriculture and livelihood would include the following:

      • Climate change adaptation in agriculture – policies, planning and good practices;
      • Mitigating risks of drought, flood, cyclone, hailstorm etc on agriculture;
      • Climate smart agriculture: research, innovation, experimentation and learning from indigenous practices;
      • Strategies for building livelihood resilience: technology, risk hedging, extension services, partnerships;
      • Risk monitoring, early warning and decision making;
      • Strengthening of agricultural supply chains and livelihood diversification;
      • Environment degradation, natural resource management and ecological sustainability;
      • Protecting livestock in disasters;
      • Unsustainable and negative coping strategies.

Disaster Resilient Infrastructure

Resilience of infrastructure is extremely important for sustainable development as damages to infrastructure account for most of the economic losses due to disasters. The topics of discussion under this theme would include:

      • Performance of built environment and multi-hazard considerations;
      • Safety audit and retrofitting of existing infrastructure;
      • Standards of design, construction and maintenance of risk resistant infrastructure;
      • Cost-effective and cutting edge technologies for resilient infrastructure;
      • Techno-legal and techno-financial regimes for infrastructure resilience;
      • Risk management strategies of inter-connected infrastructure;
      • Globalization of risks in trans-border infrastructure projects;
      • Sensitivity to nature and environment for addressing issues of built environment;
      • Land-use planning and zoning regulations;
      • Risk management of cultural and natural heritage sites, and protected areas.

Response, Relief, Reconstruction, Recovery and Development

Post-disaster response, relief, reconstruction and recovery are becoming increasingly difficult and complicated due to rising frequencies and intensities of disasters. Better preparedness for effective response and pre-disaster recovery planning can make these tasks efficient, responsive, participatory and transparent, The issues under these themes would include:

      • Early warning systems and crisis communication;
      • Search, rescue and evacuation;
      • Role of armed and other special forces in disaster response and relief;
      • Post-disaster damage, loss and need assessment;
      • Logistics of disaster response and supply chain management;
      • Minimum standards of relief and rehabilitation;
      • Humanitarian assistance – policies, practices and experiences;
      • New Agenda for Humanity and Grand Bargain;
      • Build Back Better in post-disaster reconstruction;
      • Lessons learnt in post-disaster reconstruction around the world;

Disaster Resilient Businesses

The Sendai Framework highlights the need to integrate disaster risk reduction into the management practices of every type of business to enhance their resilience to disasters.. The issues identified under this theme would include the following:

      • Mainstreaming disaster risk reduction in industries, trade and commerce;
      • On-site and off-site risk management plans in hazardous industries;
      • Principles and practices of business continuity planning;
      • Corporate Social Responsibility: incentives, regulations, scopes and opportunities;
      • Public private partnerships for disaster risk reduction;
      • Agile and adaptive supply chains for effective response to disasters;
      • Capacity development for resilient business;
      • Integrating community emergency plans into business emergency plans;
      • Disaster risk insurance business;
      • Best practices and strategies of integrated business continuity and disaster recovery planning in private sector.

Resilient Cities and Human Settlement

More than half of world’s population resides in cities. Concentrations of people, assets and opportunities in the cities have tremendously enhanced risks as well as capacities to withstand the shocks of disasters. The issues to be discussed under the theme would include the following:

    • Resilience in complex urban environment;
    • Hazard, vulnerability and risk assessments;
    • Preparing for the unexpected;
    • City information database;
    • Climate change adaptations for urban areas;
    • Vulnerability of informal and squatter settlements;
    • Resilient urban amenities and infrastructure;
    • Legal and institutional framework for disaster risk management in cities;
    • Impact of social changes and rapid urbanization on disaster risk;
    • Urban-peri urban interactions in disaster risks and resiience.
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