Centre for Natural Hazard Research

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The one-day workshop will take place in the:
Joseph & Rosalie Segal Centre
Simon Fraser University
Harbour Centre Campus
515 West Hastings Street,
Vancouver, British Colulumbia

Welcoming desk is open at 7:45 am
Program runs from 8:30 am to 4:45 pm
Continental breakfast, refreshment breaks and a sandwich Lunch are provided.


7:45 Reception and continental breakfast
Murray Day, Justice Institute of BC,
Facilitator for the workshop
8:30 John Clague, Director, Centre for Natural Hazards Research, SFU
Welcoming remarks
8:40 Distinquished representative of the Government of British Columbia
8:55 Bert Struik, NRCan, SFU,
Workshop Process
9:05 Ken Topping , Topping Associates International
Building disaster resilience through land-use choices
Questions and potential solutions derived from September 13, 2010 land-use decision table-top exercise
10:10 Refreshment break
10:30 Breakout #1: Evaluate best practices to build disaster resilience through land-use practices using four themes, and the lens of practioner discipline
11:45 Plenary breakout #1 reports
12:15 Catered lunch during Breakout #2
Evaluate disaster resilient land-use recommendation best practices through four themes, and the lens of multi-disciplinary practice
13:45 Questions and potential solutions derived from September 13, 2010 land-use decision table-top exercise
14:30 Breakout #3 to layout the preferred land-use guide
15:00 - 15:15 or so Refreshment break
15:45 Plenary breakout reports
16:15 Review key elements of your land-use guide
16:30 John Clague,
Closing remarks

Themes for Breakouts I and II

The following breakouts themes of disaster reduction through land-use will be considered and will assist in shaping breakout discussions.
  1. Knowledge:

    How does a community access existing knowledge and create new knowledge needed to establish hazard and their potential risk, and to make decisions to mitigate and cope with that risk?
    For instance how should communities:

    1. Identify necessary information about the hazard potential, and the impact of those hazards could have upon the community lives and infrastructure.
    2. Acquire the necessary knowledge about mitigation and coping strategies, their social, environmental and economic constraints.
    3. Utilize an information management structure to facilitate hazard risk analysis?
    4. Circulate and understand and risk-based knowledge?
    5. Enable key decision makers to understand, interpret and implement disaster resilient land-use options?
  2. Defining risk:

    How does a community establish its risk and risk tolerance?
    For instance how should communities:

    1. Implement a practical process that will best define the risk and future risk of hazards to lives and infrastructure?
    2. Identify the tools they need?
    3. Establish its risk tolerance level?
    4. Disseminate information to citizens so create an understanding of community risk tolerance and implement it at the personal level?
  3. Governance:

    What governance structure effectively supports land-use zoning decisions that minimize the number and severity of disasters?
    For instance how should communities:

    1. Develop internal structures to ensure land-use proposals give due consideration to disaster reduction?
    2. Identify the required governance tools (e.g., area classifications, plans, guidelines, bylaws, regulations) that are useful for assessing the hazard risk of land-use proposals?
    3. Identify the most effective roles for citizens, the zoning body, and other government bodies?
  4. Decision Making:

    How does the land-zoning body most effectively use the governance structure and knowledge to ensure a land-use proposal will minimize the number and severity of disasters?
    For instance how should communities:

    1. Develop a list of events to trigger the evaluation of a land-use proposal's potential for creating a disaster or building disaster resilience?
    2. Determine the land-use proposal’s hazard risk potential?
    3. Determine who should be involved in creating the hazard risk potential and it potential mitigation?
    4. Evaluate the land-use proposal's potential for disaster reduction, knowing that the amount of knowledge is never enough.
    5. Identify three key steps to the evaluation of land-use proposals? And what are the three key steps under each of those?

Theme for breakout III

Each breakout group will layout the sequence of the best practices as determined at this workshop. Their sequence will be compiled on the fly by the graphic recorder and editors, and be available for review and critique at the final plenary.