UNESCO Chair on Water-related Disaster Risk Reduction

University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

 

Zadnje novice / Latest News

UL FGG exhibition published at the 85th IAHR Anniversary Summit webpage.

Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering, University of Ljubljana (UL FGG) is a corporate Member of the International Association for Hydro-Environment Engineering and Research (IAHR). On the occasion of the IAHR 85th Anniversary Summit, UL FGG is exhibiting at the...

New UNESCO publication “Conjunctive water management: a powerful contribution to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals” published.

A new IHP Publication: “Conjunctive water management: a powerful contribution to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals” was published in november 2020 by the UNESCO. The publication in pdf is available here. Conjunctive Water Management is an approach to water...

5th ReSyLAB to be hosted by the University of Rijeka, Croatia – October 5-8, 2021.

The next Regional Symposium on Landslides in the Adriatic-Balkan Region will be organised by the University of Rijeka, Faculty of Civil Engineering from 5th to 8th October, 2021. The web page is under construction, but you may read the flyer.

Project BORIS approved and will start on January 1, 2021.

Under the EU call UCPM-2020-CBR-AG — Prevention and Preparedness for Cross-Border Risks, our project proposal BORIS (cross BOrder RISk assessment for increased prevention and preparedness in Europe) has been approved and the General Agreement signed. The project will...

Workshop on “Local solutions for the flood protection of cultural-historic heritage in the Sava River Basin”.

The UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, the International Sava River Basin Commission, the University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU and TECNALIA are inviting everyone to participate in the on line workshop to be held on December 15, 2020. The...

Launch of the EU Soil Observatory on December 4, 2020.

You are invited to the launching workshop of the EU Soil Observatory on December 4, 2020 between 10am and 4 pm. The additional information and a link to join the event is here.

UNESCO celebrates its 75th Anniversary on November 16, 2020.

Please, visit the UNESCO home page. UN75 Report "The Future We Want - The United Nations We Need" is available here in pdf.

Proposal for a new COST Action “Land use/cover changes from 19th century and their impact on the environment” submitted.

The proposal was submitted to the COST Open Call Collection OC-2020-1. The Main Proposer is Dr. Panecki of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Let’s cross fingers till May 2021.

Proposal for a new COST Action “Minimizing naturally and technologically induced geo-hazards” submitted.

The proposal was submitted to the COST Open Call Collection OC-2020-1. The Main Proposer is Professor Vinciguerra of University of Turin, Italy. Let’s cross fingers till May 2021.

Proposal for a new COST Action “Cascading Geohazard Models & Risk Awareness Raising in joint XR-environments” submitted.

The proposal was submitted to the COST Open Call Collection OC-2020-1. The Main Proposer is Professor Havenith of Liège Université, Belgium. Let's cross fingers till May 2021.

PLANNED ACTIONS IN 2021:

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

(active action in 2021)

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

(starting in January 2021: 2 years 2021-2022)

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)

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.