|Managing Water-Related Disasters
||Dec 16th, 2004
by Jim Anderson
conference at Western on water-related disasters wrapped up
Tuesday with a strong consensus that more needs to be done to
mitigate the loss in property and life from such disasters
around the world.
Hosted by Western’s Institute for
Catastrophic Loss Reduction, the workshop at Spencer
Conference Centre, attracted nearly 100 participants from
Canada, Germany, Venezuela, Japan, Australia, Austria,
Nigeria, France, Ghana and Jamaica, who shared knowledge and
expertise about international, national and local initiatives
aimed at minimizing loss from water-related disasters.
These included representatives from three major United
Nations organizations, including UNESCO.
“The goal of
the conference is to bring a strong message of consensus to a
World Conference on Disaster Reduction in Kobe, Japan in
January 2005,” says Western Engineering professor Slobodan
Simonovic, Chair of the ICLR.
“We have developed a
strong consensus and message to the politicians that we need
to do better and we can do better in managing water-related
disasters,” says Western Adjunct Research Professor in
Economics Paul Kovacs, ICLR Executive Director.
“Appropriate risk-mitigation investment and the
redirection of resources into prevention offer significant
benefits as well as reduction in loss of life and personal
During the last decade, more than 2,000
water-related disasters occurred globally with a cost of $50
billion to $60 billion a year and the loss of thousands of