National Building Research Organisation

National Building Research Organisation (NBRO) the premier research & development institute
established in 1984 has now grown in to a successful technical service provider and research & development institution
where experts from multiple disciplines have teamed up and dedicated to create a disaster free built environment for the nation.

‘Investing in DRR for Resilience – IDR3

24th – 25th January 2018, the Auditorium of Ministry of Disaster Management, Colombo.

The 8th Annual NBRO Symposium on ‘Investing in Disaster Risk Reduction for Resilience– IDR 3’, will be organized on 24th -25th January 2018 at the Auditorium of Ministry of Disaster Management, Colombo by National Building Research Organisation (NBRO) as a tradition to disseminate the outcome of NBRO’s R & D and other related studies, with a special reference to contemporary requirement of the country, that is, investing on DRR in view of building disaster resilience.

The ongoing trend of rising disaster losses and damages points to one clear message: much greater investment in DRR for resilience is required. This investment must identify and assess risk, reduce risk and ensure that residual risk is managed as efficiently as possible and promote hazard-resilient recovery and reconstruction. It requires commitments of finance, know-how, and human resources on the part of governments, the private sector, civil society, and the international community in a wide array of legislative, policy, planning, institutional, financial, and capacity-building instruments and mechanisms. Such investments in disaster risk reduction (DRR) prior to disasters saves lives, reduces losses, and is far more cost effective than funding response after disasters.

This year, the theme of the symposium on ‘Investing in Disaster Risk Reduction for Resilience’ is in line with the priority for actions in Sendai Framework 2015-2030. It emphasizes that the public and private investment in disaster risk prevention and reduction through structural and non-structural measures are essential to enhance the economic, social, health and cultural resilience of persons, communities, countries and their assets, as well as the environment.

Thematic area addressed by the two-day symposium will be the following:

-        Risk identification

-        Risk assessment

-        Risk mitigation

-        Monitoring and risk management

-        Risk communication

-        Community preparedness for response

-        Smart and sustainable built environment.

This symposium seeks to stimulate, secure and sustain this investment in resilience. Further it will show that there is an extensive array of disaster risk management tools and mechanisms available to identify, 

assess, mitigate and monitor the risk. We hope this symposium will inspire governments and other development partners, to paint their visions of a disaster resilient future.

The International stakeholder institutions, National Institute for Land & Infrastructure Management (NILIM) of Japan, Norwegian Geotechnical Institute (NGI), and Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC), will play active roles to make this symposium a success.

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