The Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) programme

At the start of the new decade, the IRDR programme created a comprehensive summary of its work as a global, multidisciplinary programme during its ten years of operation.

Landslip Nepal

The IRDR Compilation: 2010-2020 : A Ten Year Science Quest for Disaster Risk Reduction drew on contributions from across the IRDR community; its Science Committee, working groups, National Committees, International Centres of Excellence (ICoE), IRDR Young Scientists and IRDR flagship projects provided their research results and cases studies.

2020 was also busy with the preparation of a report to the ISC and UNDRR on research priorities for disaster risk reduction as a broad-based, collective and interdisciplinary effort. Following surveys and a literature review, the zero-order draft of the plan was reviewed and further improved through late 2020, ahead of being presented at the IRDR conference in 2021.

The second series of IRDR Working Papers was launched with the publication of four papers covering climate change impacts in permafrost zones, landslides in Himalayan mountain ranges, the biosafety and biosecurity culture interface in life science research, and institutional mapping of disaster risk reduction research.

Finally, the establishment of an IRDR International Centre of Excellence on Risk Interconnectivity and Governance on Weather/Climate Extremes Impact and Public Health (IRDR ICoE-RIG-WECEIPHE), hosted by Fudan University, China, further strengthened the institutional capacity of IRDR.

Image: Carsten ten Brink.

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