UNESCO Chair on Water-related Disaster Risk Reduction

University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

 

Unesco Floods Summer School

Ljubljana, September 2024
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UNESCO Chair was recently approved for the period 2024 – 2028.

The renewal letter just received from UNESCO Office in Paris, France, has extended the validity of the agreement of the UNESCO Chair on Water-related Disaster Risk Reduction (WRDRR) at University of Ljubljana, Slovenia until 30 June 2028. I would like to extend warmth...

Sodelavci Unesco katedre sodelovali pri TV oddaji “Slovenski vodni krog”.

Na programu TV Slovenija 1 se je dne 4. februarja ob 17:20 oddaja Slovenski vodni krog osredotočila na problematiko potoka Reka v porečju Pšate – potok Reka izvira pod Krvavcem v dveh povirnih krakih: Lukenjskem grabnu  in Brezovškem grabnu – in teče skozi Cerklje na...

Ustanovljen Svet za vode na Ministrstvu za naravne vire in prostor, 6. februar 2024.

Novi minister za naravne vire in prostor (MNVP), g. Jože Novak, je 6. februarja 2024 ustanovil trinajstčlanski Svet za vode. Med njimi so tudi trenutni in nekdanji sodelavci Unesco Katedre za zmanjševanje tveganj: mag. Rok Fazarinc, dr. Pavel Gantar, dr. Lidija...

Kick-off Meeting of the UCPM project BORIS2 on February 8, 2024.

The Kick-off Meeting of the project BORIS2 - Cross Border Risk assessment for increased prevention and preparednes  in Europe: way forward (2024-2025), took place as a hybrid event - in person we met at University of Naples "Federico II" in the Histroic Library of...

EWA published Water Manifesto 2023.

The European Water Association (EWA) recently published Water Manifesto 2023 - The Strategic Value of Water. Among other calls, the EWA supports the establishment of water as a central aspect of all relevant EU policies in the future and welcomes the European Economic...

World Centre of Excellence in Landslide Risk Reduction 2023-2026

Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering, University of Ljubljana (UL FGG) was together with the International Research Centre on Artificial Intelligence (IRCAI) at Jožef Stefan Institute (IJS), awarded the title World Centre of Excellence on Landslide Disaster...

6th World Landslide Forum, Florence, Italy, November 14-17, 2023.

The International Consortium on Landslides, Kyoto, Japan, organised the 6th World Landslide Forum in Florence, Italy, on November 14-17, 2023. The Forum was a successful event, attracting more than 1200 participants form 69 countries, offering 55 sessions. The UNESCO...

Vlada RS je 9. novembra 2023 sprejela sklep o ustanovitvi Slovenske nacionalne komisije za Unesco (SNKU).

Vlada Republike Slovenije je na svoji 79. redni seji dne 9. novembra 2023 sprejela sklep o ustanovitvi Slovenske nacionalne komisije za Unesco. Sklep je bil objavljen v Uradnem list RS št. 113 z dne 11. 11. 2023. Član komisije je tudi predsednik Nacionalnega odbora za...

6th ReSyLAB, Belgrade, Serbia, May 16-18, 2024, calls for contributions.

The 6th Regional Symposium on Landslides in the Adriatic-Balkan Region ReSyLAB will be held in Belgrade, May 14-16, 2024. The deadline to send abstracts is November 30, 2023. All details are available on 6th ReSyLAB webpage.

6. trienalni znanstveni posvet Dan Bojana Ušeničnika – Naravne nesreče v Sloveniji 2023.

Prijazno vabljeni na 6. trienalni znanstveni posvet Dan Bojana Ušeničnika - Naravne nesreče v Sloveniji 2023, ki bo potekal na Igu pri Ljubljani 9. novembra 2023 v organizaciji Geografskega inštituta Antona Melika ZRC SAZU in Uprave Republike Slovenije za zaščito in...

Poplave avgust 2023

Obsežne dele Slovenije so prizadele večdnevne močne poplave. Izražamo sočutje vsem prizadetim in globoko zahvalo vsem, ki so priskočili na pomoč v kakršni koli vlogi ali na kakršen koli način. Solidarnost je močno zakoreninjena v slovenski družbi.

Odpravljanje posledic bo dolgotrajno in boleče. Od nas bo zahtevalo veliko mero odrekanja na drugih področjih delovanja in razvoja.

Posledice žal niso le zaradi moči narave, ampak tudi našega ravnanja v preteklosti in našega odnosa do voda.

Za boljše razumevanje si lahko preberete tri prispevke:

Quo vadis slovensko vodarstvo – anketa iz leta 1995, objavljena v reviji Slovenski vodar, št. 2

Quo vadis slovensko hudourništvo? – strokovni prispevek iz leta 2016 na Mišičevem vodarskem dnevu

95 tez o vodarstvu – prispevek iz leta 2017 z 2. kongresa o vodah Slovenije

Verjamemo, da lahko v času podnebne krize ravnamo drugače in varujemo človeška življenja in premoženje v večji meri, tako da krepimo odpornost družbe in posameznika.

Agencija RS za okolje (ARSO) je že na svojih spletnih straneh objavila analizo “Nalivi in obilne padavine od 3. do 6. avgusta 2023” – MOPE, ARSO, Ljubljana, 32 str.

Hidrološke analize tega izrednega dogodka člani Unesco katedre objavljajo na Facebook spletni strani študija Vodarstvo in okoljsko inženirstvo, ki ga izvaja Fakulteta za gradbeništvo in geodezijo, Univerza v Ljubljani.

Zanimivo branje o kvantitativnih metodah za ocenjevanje poplavne nevarnosti ponuja pregledni članek avtorjev Maranzoni in sod. (2023) Quantitative flood hazard assessment methods: A review, Journal of Flood Risk management, 16:e12855, https://doi.org/10.1111/jfr3.12855, ki je na voljo v angleškem jeziku v prostem dostopu. Poplavna nevarnost se ne dotika le vprašanj o varnosti objektov in ljudi v njih, temveč tudi ljudi na prostem, tudi v prevoznih sredstvih.

Sprememba slovenske področne zakonodaje na področju varstva pred škodljivim delovanjem voda (vključuje poplave vseh vrst in vzrokov) je nujna.

 

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PLANNED CHAIR ACTIONS IN 2026:

PLANNED CHAIR ACTIONS IN 2025:

PLANNED CHAIR ACTIONS IN 2024:

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)

Erasmus+ Joint Master in Flood Risk Management

(on-going 2020-2024 & 2024-2030)

EU ERASMUS-EDU-2023-EMJM_DESIGN project Eye4Water - "Augmented Intelligence for Sustainable Water and Health"

(2023-2024)

CHAIR ACTIONS IN 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)

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

(1.10.2021 – 30.9.2023)

EU ERASMUS-EDU-2023-EMJM_DESIGN project Eye4Water - "Augmented Intelligence for Sustainable Water and Health"

(2023-2024)

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.