As part of the Housing and Land Management team of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), former student Noel Sampson is organizing a workshop titled Building resilient communities through urban planning and the integration of the Natural Sciences that explores practices and approaches to integrating the data and research from the Natural Sciences into policy making on city planning and human settlements in order to mitigate the effects of natural disasters on cities. The workshop will take place at the University of Geneva, Uni Mail building, in Geneva, Switzerland, on 13 January 2015.

Natural and human-induced hazards strongly affect cities, especially the urban poor. These hazards, along with the effects of climate change, are posing unprecedented challenges to cities and human settlements. To address these challenges, data and outcomes from research in the Natural Sciences need to be used and integrated efficiently into the decision-making processes on city and human settlement planning.

The workshop will be held in English and is jointly organized by the UNECE Committee on Housing and Land Management and the Programme on the Assessment and Management of Geological and Climate Related Risk – CERG-C of the University of Geneva.

The registration deadline for the workshop is 31 December 2014 (for applicants who need a visa letter – 15 December 2014). You can register online here.

Thanks Noel!

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