The 38 project proposals from all round the world show that there is a real will to improve disaster management – particularly in towns and cities. The fact that promising applications were submitted by government organisations and non-governmental organisations such as research institutes, universities, and the private sector shows that risk prevention is a challenge to and a task for society as a whole. Responsibility for improving disaster preparedness must not be borne by just one stakeholder.
The proposed projects cover a variety of topics. They include early warning systems in relation to floods, coastal protection and earthquakes, integrated capacity-building initiatives and innovative training programmes for the local communities affected. They range from simple social projects to complex technical solutions, including top-down and bottom-up approaches, and a combination of the two.
By the end of March 2012, UNISDR, GRF and the Munich Re Foundation will elect an international jury which will undertake an transparent and objective assessment of the applications. The winner(s) of the 2012 RISK Award, "Early warning in urban areas", will be announced at the end of May 2012. The official awards ceremony will be held at the fourth International Disaster and Risk Conference (IDRC) in Davos, on 26 August 2012.
27 February 2012