UNESCO Chair on Water-related Disaster Risk Reduction

University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

 

Unesco Floods Summer School

Ljubljana, September 2023
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UN-Water Joint Message on Groundwater

At the request of UN-Water, the UNESCO IHP Secretariat, as the host of the UN-Water Summit on Groundwater, has the pleasure to share with you a letter signed by the Chair of UN-Water and ILO Director-General, Mr Gilbert F. Houngbo, presenting the “UN-Water Joint...

EUTOPIA Week at University of Ljubljana.

The University of Ljubljana is hosting the EUTOPIA Week from November 21 to November 25. The UNESCO WRDRR Chair will present the 3-year on-going project ULTRA, dedicated to the sustainable development of the University of Ljubljana - the presentation under the title...

Danube Conference in Vienna, Austria, 21-23 August 2023 – Extended Deadline for Abstract Submission: 30 November 2022.

The next Danube Conference will be held in Vienna, Austria, from 21 – 23 August 2023. The invitation for the Extended Abstracts as a pdf file is available here. Please, submit your abstract...

GIN – Common Information Platform for Natural Hazards in Switzerland.

The Common Information Platform for Natural Hazards (GIN) combines all available data on natural hazards in Switzerland in a user-friendly map application. It provides a solid foundation for identifying natural hazards early and mastering them successfully. The GIN...

Interpraevent publication on strategies on Risk Communication.

The Research Society INTERPRAEVENT, based in Klagenfurt, Austria, published as an observer to the Interreg Austria - Italy project RiKoST a brochure on strategies for risk communication entitled: "RIKOST Risikokommunikationsstrategien - ABSCHLUSSBERICHT". There are...

Live event: 30th anniversary of the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme-

You can follow the 30th Anniversary of the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme in Paris, November 3 - 4, 2002 also live using this link.    

WMO: Temperatures in Europe increase more than twice global average.

The World Meteorological Organization published on November 2, 2022, on their web page an article on how Temperatures in Europe increase more than twice global average.

QS World University Rankings: Sustainability 2023 published.

The latest QS World University Rankings: Sustainability 2023 was published today October 26, 2022, and is the first QS ranking focused on social and environmental sustainability performance in higher education institutions. The University of Ljubljana ranked #501-550...

First Regional Meeting of the UNESCO science-related chairs and centres for SEE and the Mediterranean.

The First Regional Meeting of the UNESCO science-related chairs and centres for SEE and the Mediterranean is taking place from 26 - 28  October 2022 at the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, Venice, Italy. Dr Mikoš is attending the event. The...

The ResiliEnhance platform for “Enhancing resilience to disasters for a sustainable development”.

On October 24 to 25, 2022, a kickoff meeting of the newly proposed ResiliEnhance platform for enhancing resilience to disasters for a sustainable development is underway at the University of Udine, Italy. The host institution is the UNESCO Chair on Intersectoral...

PLANNED ACTIONS IN 2023:

Research Programme "Water Science and Technology, and Geotechnics"

(2022-2027)

ARRS project "Evaluation of the impact of rainfall interception on soil erosion"

(active 11.2022 – 12.2025)

ARRS project "Evaluation of hazard-mitigating hybrid infrastructure under climate change scenarios"

(active 1.2023 – 12.2025)

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

(on-going 2020-2023)

Basic ARRS project "Deciphering the sensitivity of rock faces to climatic changes and freeze-thaw cycles in permafrost-free regions"

(on-going 10.2021 – 9.2024)

Targeted ARRS project "Methodology development for computing high-flow waves on the basis of extreme rainfall events"

(on-going 10.2021-3.2023)

IPL Project "World-wide-web-based Landslide Observatory (W3bLO)".

(2022-2025)

IPL Project "Deciphering the sensitivity of rock faces to climatic changes and freeze-thaw cycles in permafrost-free regions"

(2021-2024)

COST Action "Cascading Geohazard Models & Risk Awareness Raising in joint XR-environments"

(proposed for 2022)

COST Action "Land use/cover changes from 19th century and their impact on the environment"

(proposed for 2022)

COST Action "Minimizing naturally and technologically induced geo-hazards"

(proposed for 2022)

CHAIR ACTIONS IN 2022:

Research Programme "Water Science and Technology, and Geotechnics" 2022-2027

(approved for 6 years)

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

(on-going 2020-2023)

Basic ARRS project "Deciphering the sensitivity of rock faces to climatic changes and freeze-thaw cycles in permafrost-free regions"

(on-going 10.2021 – 9.2024)

Targeted ARRS project "Methodology development for computing high-flow waves on the basis of extreme rainfall events"

(on-going 10.2021-3.2023)

Bilateral ARRS-DAAD Research Project PRE-PROMISE "Validation of Precipitation REanalysis PROducts for rainfall-runoff Modelling In SlovEnia" 2021-2022

(active action in 2022)

CELSA Collaborative Research Project "Rainfall interception experimentation and modelling for enhanced impact analysis of nature-based solutions"

(1.10.2021 – 30.9.2023)

COST Action "Minimizing naturally and technologically induced geo-hazards"

(proposed for 2022)

IPL Project "Deciphering the sensitivity of rock faces to climatic changes and freeze-thaw cycles in permafrost-free regions"

(2021-2024)

COST Action "Cascading Geohazard Models & Risk Awareness Raising in joint XR-environments"

(proposed for 2022)

COST Action "Land use/cover changes from 19th century and their impact on the environment"

(proposed for 2022)

IPL Project "World-wide-web-based Landslide Observatory (W3bLO)".

(2022-2025)

CHAIR ACTIONS IN 2021:

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

(active action in 2021)

CELSA Collaborative Research Project "Rainfall interception experimentation and modelling for enhanced impact analysis of nature-based solutions"

(1.10.2021 – 30.9.2023)

Bilateral ARRS-DAAD Research Project PRE-PROMISE "Validation of Precipitation REanalysis PROducts for rainfall-runoff Modelling In SlovEnia" 2021-2022

(active action in 2021)

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

(on-going 2020-2023)

Targeted ARRS project "Methodology development for computing high-flow waves on the basis of extreme rainfall events"

(on-going 10.2021-3.2023)

DAREFFORT (DAnube River Basin Enhanced Flood FORecasting CooperaTion)

(on going 2018-2021)

CHAIR ACTIONS IN 2020:

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

(active action in 2020)

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

(on-line 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

(on-line on October 22, 2020)

CHAIR ACTIONS IN 2019:

World Construction Forum 2019

(April 8 – 11, 2019, Ljubljana)

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.