UNESCO Chair on Water-related Disaster Risk Reduction

University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

 

Zadnje novice / Latest News

Online Worskhop on “Introduction to R” with practical examples in Environmental engineering, November 2021.

Unesco Chair WR DRR is organizing an online Webinar on the Introduction to R package that is widely used in environmental engineering, including hydrology and flood risk assessment. The Workshop is offered free of charge to the Erasmus students in exchange for the...

Simpozij o okoljskih in podnebnih spremembah, ki vplivajo na naše vode in biodiverziteto, Ljubljana, 14.-15. oktober 2021.

Vabljeni na strokovno posvetovanje v organizaciji Nacionalnega inštituta za biologijo in gibanja  Mladi za podnebno pravičnost "v vrtincu sprememb - povezanost vode, življenja in podnebja". Vabilo v pdf obliki je na voljo tukaj. Dr. Mikoš bo na posvetovanju aktivno...

UNESCO Global Conference “Climate-Resilient Water Management Approaches: Application Towards Climate Action and 2030 Agenda” on 26-28 October 2021.

This Global Conference (flyer is available here) will introduce key elements of the bottom-up approaches for climate-resilient water resources management by bringing together a High-level Science Policy Panel to discuss the contrasting paradigms of bottom-up vs....

Joint PEER – ICLEI – EurAqua webinar on Scaling and optimising NBS in resilient cities held on 27 September, 2021.

We participated in the Webinar - its recording, the presentations as PDFs (2 slides/page) and the Q&As are now available here.  

Two Flood Risk Management master theses defended.

In the framework of the international master study programme Flood Risk Management, recently two international students were defending successfully their MSc theses: Mark Bryan Alivio: Evaluation of flood damage caused by rising sea levels - Ocena poplavne škode...
The Mura River in Slovenia - photo by A. Koren.

TRB MDD: Five-country Biosphere Reserve Mura-Drava-Danube (Republic of Croatia, Hungary, Republic of Serbia, Republic of Slovenia, Republic of Austria).

The 33rd session of the International Co-ordinating Council of the MAB Programme (MAB-ICC) took place on 13-17 September 2021 - Abuja, Nigeria confirmed the new Biosphere Reserve, namely the five-country Transboundary Biosphere Reserve Mura-Drava-Danube (TBR MDD) that...

INTERPRAEVENT 2022 Taiwan invitation.

The next Pacific Rim INTERPRAEVENT 2022 International Symposium will be held from October 17-21, 2022 in Taichung, Taiwan, under the theme "Natural Disasters Occurrence, Reduction, and Restoration in Mountain Regions" - also a Special Issue of the journal Water...

Council for Development at the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SAZU).

The Council for Development prepares, coordinates, and organizes public expert debates on the fundamental issues of social development, with long-term significant consequences for Slovenian society. To this end, it prepares annual plans of public consultations and...

CELSA collaborative project between KU Leuven and UL FGG approved.

A 2-year collaborative research project entitled "Rainfall interception experimentation and modelling for enhanced impact analysis of nature-based solutions" was approved and will start on October 1, 2021. The project will focus on: ● Improvement of the understanding...

PLANNED ACTIONS IN 2021:

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

(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)

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)

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

(proposed for 2021)

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

(proposed for 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.