UNESCO Chair on Water-related Disaster Risk Reduction

University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

 

Zadnje novice / Latest News

UNESCO WRDRR Chair renewed for the period 2020-2024.

A kind letter to Professor Papič, the Rector of University of Ljubljana, received from the Section of Higher Education of the Education Sector of UNESCO confirmed that the UNESCO Chair on Water-related Disaster Risk Reduction at University of Ljubljana was renewed for...

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction 13 October, 2020.

Held every 13 October, the day celebrates how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of reining in the risks that they face. The 2020 edition continues as part of the "Sendai Seven"...

Paper published in Acta hydrotechnica on “Flood hazard in Slovenia and assessment of extreme design floods”.

Link to a published open-access paper in journal Acta hydrotechnica, 2020, vol. 33, No. 58, 43-59, https://doi.org/10.3390/w12072064 . Open access publication, pdf is available here.

UNITWIN Report of the UNESCO Chair’s activities from November 2018 to October 2020 drafted.

We have received request from the UNITWIN-UNESCO/KU/ICL Cooperation Programme to draft a report on UNESCO WRDRR Chair activities for the period November 2018 to October 2020. The draft report was submitted today on September 19, 2020, and as soon as the joint UNITWIN...

Invitation to COST LAND4FLOOD on-line Training course & Workshop, 23 September 2020.

You are kindly invited to participate at this COST LAND4FLOOD on-line Training course & Workshop on "Technical aspects of Nature-Based Solutions allocation" to be held on September 23, 2020 using Zoom Meeting that is supported by our UNESCO WRDRR Chair.. A...

New COST Action “Minimizing naturally and technologically induced geo-hazards” in preparation.

We are second proposer from Slovenia in a network proposing a new COST action on minimizing geo-hazards in natural and built environment, triggered naturally or by men activities.

New basic ARRS project entitled “Erosional processes on coastal flysch cliffs and their risk assessment” approved.

A new 3-year basic project was approved and will be financed by the Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS) (9.2020 - 8.2023). The main topic is erosion (slope instabilities) on coastal flysch cliffs in Slovenia and how to reduce rock-fall risk in this area. The project is...

Project proposal BORIS successfully passed the first phase.

The project proposal BORIS (cross BOrder RISk assessment for increased prevention and preparedness in Europe) has successfully passed the first phase of evaluations under the EU call UCPM-2020-CBR-AG — Prevention and Preparedness for Cross-Border Risks. The...

International Symposium on Sustainable Development of River Basins in South East Europe and the Mediterranean, Venice, September 2020.

The UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, Venice (Italy) is organizing the International Symposium on Sustainable Development of River Basins in South East Europe and the Mediterranean: the Danube, Drin/Drina and Sava river basins to be held on...

News on the forthcoming 5th World Landslide Forum Kyoto 2020.

The latest news on the forthcoming 5th World Landslide Forum Kyoto 2020 has been published as Editorial in the journal landslides. The paper can be read as pdf here.

PLANNED ACTIONS IN 2020:

Research Programme "Water Science and Technology, and Geotechnics" 2017-2021

(active action in 2019)

Bilateral ARRS-China Research Project "Evaluation of intelligent learning techniques for prediction of hydrological data: useful case"

(on-going 2018-2020)

Annual Meeting of the representatives of the National Committees of IHP from the Danube River Basin

(tentatively on October 21, 2020)

Basic ARRS project "Erosional processes on coastal flysch cliffs and their risk assessment"

(on-going 2020-2023)

DAREFFORT (DAnube River Basin Enhanced Flood FORecasting CooperaTion)

(on going 2018-2021)

Workshop of the representatives of the National Committees of IHP from II. Region of UNESCO

(tentatively on October 22, 2020)

EU Civil Protection Mechanism project "cross BOrder RISk assessment for increased prevention and preparedness in Europe"

(under negotiations 2020-2023)

CHAIR ACTIONS IN 2019:

World Construction Forum 2019

April 8 – 11, 2019, Ljubljana – http://www.wcf2019.org

Co-organised together with the Slovenian Chamber of Engineers

Research Programme "Water Science and Technology, and Geotechnics" 2017-2021

(active action in 2019)

Bilateral ARRS-DAAD Research Project "Stochastic rainfall models for rainfall erosivity evaluation" 2018-2019

(active action in 2019)

Bilateral ARRS-China Research Project "Evaluation of intelligent learning techniques for prediction of hydrological data: useful case"

(on-going 2018-2020)

DAREFFORT (DAnube River Basin Enhanced Flood FORecasting CooperaTion)

(on going 2018-2021)

COST LAND4FLOOD Project

Natural Flood Retention on Private Land (CA16209)

(active action in 2019)

CHAIR ACTIONS IN 2018:

Research Programme "Water Science and Technology, and Geotechnics" 2017-2021

(active action in 2018)

Bilateral ARRS-DAAD Research Project "Stochastic rainfall models for rainfall erosivity evaluation" 2018-2019

(active action in 2018)

Bilateral ARRS-China Research Project "Evaluation of intelligent learning techniques for prediction of hydrological data: useful case"

(on-going 2018-2020)

DAREFFORT (DAnube River Basin Enhanced Flood FORecasting CooperaTion)

approved for 2018-2021

COST LAND4FLOOD Project

Natural Flood Retention on Private Land (CA16209)

(active action in 2018)

CHAIR ACTIONS IN 2017:

4th World Landslide Forum

(May 29 – June 2, 2017, Ljubljana)

3rd Regional Symposium on Landslides in the Adriatic-Balkan Region

Co-organised together with the Slovenian Geological Survey (11. – 13. October, 2017, Ljubljana).

Natural Disasters Summer School

(May 21 – June 10, 2017, Ljubljana)

Water Center of Excellence in Landslide Disaster Risk Reduction

(approved at WLF4 in Ljubljana for 2017-2020)

Research Programme "Water Science and Technology, and Geotechnics"

(approved for 2017-2021)

More room for water initiative

 

CHAIR INAUGURATION CEREMONY 2016:

UNESCO Chair on Water-related Disaster Risk Reduction (WRDRR) was inaugurated during a ceremony on December 1, 2016.

 

The video address of Ms. Blanca Jiménez-Cisneros, Director of the Division of Water Sciences, and Secretary, International Hydrological Programme, Natural Sciences Sector UNESCO.

Academic Staff of the UNESCO Chair

From left: N. Bezak, S. Rusjan, M. Brilly, M. Mikoš, M. Šraj, A. Kryžanowski, A. Vidmar.

Distinguished Guests at the UNESCO Chair Inauguration Ceremony.

From left: UL Rector Prof. I. Svetlik, UNESCO Chair holder Prof. M. Mikoš, Chairman IHP Committee Prof. M., Brilly, UNESCO Chairman Prof. S. Pejovnik.

Media Interview.

UNESCO Chairholder Prof. M. Mikoš.

During the Press Conference.

The Deputy Director-General of the Administration of the Republic of Slovenia for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief Mr. B. Dervodel.

During the Press Conference.

The Chairman of the Slovenian National Commission for UNESCO Prof. S. Pejovnik.

During the Press Conference.

The Rector of the University of Ljubljana Prof. I. Svetlik.

During the Press Conference.

The Chairman of the Slovenian Committee for UNESCO IHP Prof. M. Brilly.
Damages caused by water-related disasters, such as floods or rainfall-induced landslides, continue to increase all over the world, while available water resources are becoming increasingly scarce, causing damages, such as those due to droughts. The research activities undertaken by the newly established UNESCO Chair on Water-related Disaster Risk Reduction (WRDRR) will be an intricate part of joint worldwide efforts to reduce disaster risks and to mitigate their unavoidable consequences.

The planned activities relate to risk reduction of water-related disasters due to floods and accompanying erosion phenomena. The problem has contemporary relevance in Slovenia and elsewhere in the world. Today, we mostly encounter the impacts of: climate change and anthropogenic actions as a response to hazards and the changed way of our life, subject to cultural and developmental diversity related to the society’s sensitivity, and development of new technologies and risk reduction actions.

Through an integrated approach to research and doctoral study programmes we will develop new solutions suitable for local natural and cultural conditions.