The Belmont Forum welcomes transdisciplinary proposals to its Collaborative Research Action (CRA) on Disaster Risk, Reduction and Resilience (DR3). This call responds to the growing need for assessment and reduction of disaster risk, collaborative co-design of resilience strategies with a breadth of stakeholders, and scientifically and technologically enhanced responses to disasters. 

In recent decades, through national, regional, and international endeavors, global society has gradually learned to manage the devastating consequences of disasters and acknowledge that disaster mitigation can be most efficiently and effectively managed by collaborative engagement of all sectors of society and through the integration of interdisciplinary scientific understanding with stakeholder knowledge.  Hence, this call specifically focuses on research efforts involving co-engagement and collective actions of all stakeholders to ameliorate disaster risk and enhance overall societal resilience to disasters. In the context of this call, disasters are framed as extreme environmental events that negatively impact coupled human-natural systems.  The generation of these events may have natural and/or anthropogenic causes.

A good context for this call can be found in four priority areas for disaster risk reduction identified in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Reduction, namely: (1) understanding disaster risk; (2) strengthening disaster risk governance; (3) investing in disaster reduction for resilience; and (4) enhancing disaster preparedness for effective response, and to “build back better“ in recovery, rehabilitation, and reconstruction.

The key questions are:

  • How can we measure disaster loss reduction in the absence of reliable loss data on the economic and human impacts?
  • What resilience measures might be of value in terms of reduction of potential loss and damage plus reduced future risk?
  • What types of pre-disaster planning and investments are strategic to resilient development in terms of bouncing forward rather than bouncing back from actual disasters?
  • What disaster risk governance modalities are effective in enabling collaborative engagement of all stakeholders to effectively manage disasters?

Each project team must consist of - at a minimum - natural scientists, social scientists and the humanities, and stakeholders.  They must also be eligible for support from a minimum of three funders providing resources for DR3. 

Deadline for proposals is 10 June 2019.

Download the full call text. 

More information can be found on the Belmont Forum website.

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