Special Session


Natural Hazards, Disaster Management, Resilient Society

Date: December 19, 2019; Time: 9:30 – 17:30 Venue: CUSAT SMS Auditorium, Kochi, India 


Dr. K. Abdulla Bava,
Advanced Technology Institute, Japan (VFR, ICHARM)


The world is experiencing an increasing level of risk and impact of climatic change and disasters. It is crucial to understand the relationship between climate change, extreme weather events and disasters, the impacts of such events, and the strategies to reduce climate and disaster risks as well as the potential for integrating climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction.

As Kerala state experienced an unprecedented deluge which has resulted in the great flood in August 2018, this is high time to bring all the stake holders to a common platform to share their scientific studies on various aspects of the hazard, measures taken to reduce the risks, actions taken for a climate change adapted resilient society.

Therefore, we organize this session which aspires to address such issues for better understanding and solutions that can benefit the people and society across the world. By bringing various stake holders such as academia, researchers, policy makers and practitioners among multiple disciplines, the Session aims to address crucial issues and challenges with respect to Climate Change, Natural Hazards and Disaster Management. The ultimate objective is the development of a Climate Resilient Society which could achieve sustainable development at local, regional and global level.

This Session provides an excellent opportunity for all the presenters and participants to meet, discuss and share a broad range of emerging aspects of science, technology, socio economic and environmental issues, policy and governance in relation to Climate Change, Natural Hazards, Disaster Management and Resilient Society.  


  • Provide a platform to discuss issues, challenges and solutions to address Climate Change, Natural Hazards, Disaster Management and Resilient Society with special reference to the Flood Hazard occurred in Kerala during August 2018.
  • Create an avenue for presenting the research works and sharing knowledge on current trends, risks and impacts of Climate Change, Natural Hazards, Disaster Management, Resilient Society and other environmental problems.
  • Engage multi-stakeholders including researchers, policy makers, practitioners, private sector and community representatives towards a livable, resilient and sustainable community, region and globe.

Call for Paper

The Conference welcomes any papers including but not limited to the following themes/topics:

  • Climate Change – sciences, cause & effect, impacts, vulnerability, mitigation and adaptation
  • Natural and human made hazard & disasters; risk & vulnerability assessment
  • Extreme weather, climate and hydrological events; rapid and slow onset events
  • Disaster prevention and mitigation; mitigating hazards, droughts and floods. Disaster risk
    reduction; early warning; emergency responses
  • Linking climate change, disaster management & sustainable development
  • Land use planning; urban and regional design; infrastructure & reconstruction
  • Environmental problems including marine ecosystems; environmental sustainability; low carbon economy and water resource management
  • Disasters/extreme environmental changes on coastal ecosystems (tidal flats, salt marsh, & mangrove forests), Problem solving methods, tools, modelling and analysis
  • Local & traditional knowledge; building resilience. Community & stakeholders’ participation; education and awareness
  • Sharing lessons learnt, best practices & case studies
  • Climate and disaster responses, governance & decision-making process
  • Local, national & international – policy efforts, agreement, framework & implementation
  • Resilient and sustainable society & development

Keynote Speaker

Prof. Toshio KOIKE

The International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management under the auspices of UNESCO

Toshio Koike is Director of International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management (ICHARM) under the auspices of UNESCO, Professor Emeritus of the University of Tokyo, and Council Member of Japan Science Council, Cabinet Office.  Detailed Profile here