• In transit to the “new normal conditions”, the CDRM is called to lead a profound and global analysis on our previous misunderstanding on the enormous destructive power of pandemics, the need for improved risk scenarios, early warning, and education to recommend prompt, effective and agreed measures, customized to each society to build resilience and avoid future global disasters.–Jose Macharé, Chair of CDRM (Peru)disaster-risk-management@wfeo.org

Background

The Committee on Disaster Risk Management (CDRM) was established at the WFEO General Assembly held in December 2009, Kuwait, having as role minimizing the potential damage and risk to human life and damage through the proper application of technology.

Science Council of Japan (SCJ) and the Japan Federation of Engineering Societies (JFES) served as host of the Committee on Disaster Risk Management (CDRM), for an eight-year term from 2009 to 2017. The CDRM was formally transferred from Japan to Peru during the WFEO General Assembly, in December 2017. The Peruvian Engineers Association (CIP) will serve as host of the CDRM from 2018 to 2021.

The so-called natural disasters have caused more than seven trillion US dollars in economic damage and eight million deaths, since the start of the 20th century. Earthquakes, storms, volcanic eruptions, landslides and floods of diverse origin have hit humankind and its development infrastructure. Within this framework, engineering appears as a key set of disciplines using updated scientific knowledge to address the risk that such natural phenomena could become disastrous events.

CDRM activities are developed to support the implementation of the global disaster risk reduction initiative, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 through engineering. Likewise, the CDRM will direct efforts to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Vision 2018-2021

To be a permanent international platform for support on Disaster Risk Management (DRM), through which knowledge and sustainable practices are integrated and disseminated to reduce vulnerability and increase resilience of populations.

Mission

As a standing committee of WFEO, the CDRM aims to promote the culture of disaster risk management through the dissemination of applicable knowledge and best engineering practices.

To promote research and exchange of experiences in DRM at local, regional and global levels.

Mandate

The WFEO–CDRM shall support the WFEO and the engineering profession worldwide by:

  • Encouraging countries to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, with special focus on contributions to the SDG 11 – Resilient cities.
  • Organizing international webinars, technical-scientific events and publication related to their work within the strategic plan;
  • Developing and promoting DRM policies, strategies and practices to reduce disasters caused by natural phenomena;
  • Strengthening the committee’s visibility and presence in the public sector, academic institutions, and multilateral organizations.

CDRM Newsletters