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"Improving risk reduction and disaster management"

Over the recent years the community of risk and disaster experts, scientists, managers and practitioners has found itself in a process of integration and cross-fertilization, significantly driven forward by the GRF Davos' IDRC conference series.

In the current era of unprecedented global change and inter-dependence, an integrative approach, addressing the whole range of risks our societies are facing today, needs to be applied throughout the entire risk cycle of prevention, intervention and recovery in order to be able to identify viable solutions and to promote good practice. This requires a strong collaboration and cooperation of different disciplines, sectors and stakeholders. Although this view is nowadays widely accepted, there is also consensus that sufficient knowledge transfer and full integration of sectors, stakeholders and especially front-users involved in risk reduction and crisis management are still lacking.

The transfer of sectorial, one-disciplinary scientific knowledge into applicable, interdisciplinary know-how still takes too much time. GRF Davos has therefore taken on the challenge of not only integrating the various themes and topics related to risk and disaster management, but also involving a large variety of related communities, networks and stakeholders in finding appropriate and sustainable solutions for the future. We are convinced that inter-sectorial and inter-regional dialogue, effective collaboration and increasing local resiliencies are key elements to build a foundation for better planning, intervention and recovery efforts.

GRF Davos' innovative ejournal Planet@Risk therefore aims to bridge the gaps between science, practice, and different sectors of academia. It fosters a multidisciplinary approach and presents the results of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research with a special emphasis on their application to practical problems. Information from data and reports which has been difficult or impossible to access, and whose quality has perhaps been hard to judge, can finally be put to use.