International Workshop on Natural Hazard Uncertainties, Integrated Risks and Sustainable Development successfully held in Beijing

International Workshop on Natural Hazard Uncertainties, Integrated Risks and Sustainable Development was successfully held in Beijing Normal University, May 8th – 10th, 2016. This workshop was held by Integrated Risk Governance Project (hereafter IRG Project), a core project of ICSU-Future Earth, organized by the State Key Laboratory of Earth Surface Processes and Resource Ecology, and the Academy of Disaster Reducation and Emergency Management.

About 30 people participated in this workshop, which including Academician QIN Dahe, member of the science committee of ICSU-Future Earth, chair of CNC Future Earth; Prof. Xuemei Bai, member of the science committee of ICSU-Future Earth, Researcher ZHOU Tianjun, secretary-general of CNC Future Earth; Prof. SHI Peijun, executive vice president of Beijing Normal University, co-chair of IRG Project; Prof. Carlo Jaeger, co-chair of IRG Project; Prof. YE Qian, executive director of IRG Project. Prof. Paul Shrivastava, executive director of ICSU-Future Earth also sent his remark to the workshop through internet, with high hopes for IRG Project’s future contribution to scientific research and practical application.

Initiated in 2006, launched in 2011, IRG Project worked as an international platform for integration of scientific research, information exchange, training and education, engaged many leading scientists and institutions in the field of risk research, management and practice. With the supporting from Chinese government, this Chinese scientists leading international project has been very fruitful. Its research results, such as disaster cascade effect of large-scale disaster, risk governance in green economy, risk regionalization for adaption to climate change, have attracted worldwide attention.

After strict assessment, IRG project was officially accepted as a core project of ICSU-Future Earth. This means IRG project got international recognition. In order to further develop the role of IRG Project in the research and practice of global climate change, ICSU-Future Earth suggested IRG Project to organize this workshop with other related core projects of ICSU-Future Earth, and provided some financial support. CNC Future Earth and Beijing Normal University contributed human and other resources for the organization of this workshop.

During this workshop, researchers reviewed and discussed the new 5-year scientific and implementation plan of IRG project, with 5 main themes, namely:

  • uncertainties of natural climate systems;
  • integrated risk and green growth;
  • regional and global challenges, like polar area, desertification and one belt one road strategy;
  • urbanization and urban system risks;
  • sustainability and complex system.

It was agreed by our participants that, under the background of the increasing complexity of new integrated large-scale disaster, consilience concept will be an essential idea for multi-disciplinary and quantitative research in risk governance, with science as base, computer modeling as mean. In the next 5 years, IRG Project will:

  • attach great importance to the rapid development of information and communication technology, which provide opportunities for risk research;
  • strength the application of global system science theories in green development and adaptation to climate change risk;
  • develop new models for risk assessment and critical infrastructures in the world;
  • visualize multi-dimensional complex systems.

With total acknowledgement of Future Earth’s idea of co-design and co-production, IRG project will cooperate with United Nations, governments, transnational corporations, to study the role and responsibilities of governments in risk governance of large-scale disasters, incentive mechanisms for better engagement of corporations, and provide scientific guidance for governments’ capacity building on large-scale disaster risk governance around the world.