Sustainable Development in the Face of Disasters: the Role of Scientists, the Government and the Media

Sustainable Development in the Face of Disasters: the Role of Scientists, the Government and the Media

13 September 2019

02:00PM - 02:45PM

45mins

INFUSE Theatre, Connexis South, Level 14


Reducing the risk posed by natural disasters is an important component of sustainable development efforts and a clear and important example of people living in conflict with the environment. When they occur disasters cause human, social and environmental losses and, sometimes, even threaten geopolitical stability. Disasters are a global concern, even when damage is local as they can affect global trade and business supply chains. This is particularly the case in less developed countries and losses from a disaster event frequently affect several countries. It is obvious that there is a clear need for an integrated approach, capable of incorporating the prevention and mitigation of natural disasters within the cycle of sustainable development. There should be no thematic disciplines or political boundaries limiting such initiatives.

Sustainable development will only be possible with the integration of data providers, users/information providers and information users, in a holistic manner and such endeavours require truly multidisciplinary hazard science. Disaster science must then inform efforts to assess vulnerability and make changes to the socio-economic drivers of development that commonly increase vulnerability.  In this presentation, A/Prof Adam will discuss several examples where hazard assessments were not adequately to be incorporated into sustainable development goals. He will also discuss the role of disaster scientists, government and the media in the future growth of sustainable development.

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Speaker

A/Prof Adam D. Switzer

A/Prof Adam D. Switzer

Associate Chair in the Asian School of the Environment (ASE)
Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

Principal Investigator
Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS)

A/Prof Adam Switzer is a geoscientist with interests in coastal landscapes and natural hazards. He is an Associate Chair in the Asian School of the Environment (ASE) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and a Principal Investigator at the Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS). He uses interdisciplinary techniques to solve contemporary coastal problems at a local, regional and international scale. An internationally recognised expert in coastal hazards, his input is sought by insurers, government agencies and those involved in coastal development and risk in Asia.