• The world and climate are changing and these changes affect every aspect of our lives.
  • Resilience is a challenge that all sectors of society need to address in order to cope with the risks they are subjected to.
  • Building the resilience to risks and disasters is internationally acknowledged and promoted by main international bodies and initiatives to achieve sustainable development.
  • The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 adopted at the Third UN World Conference in Sendai, Japan in March 2015 particularly stresses the urgency of addressing disaster resilience for a more effective protection of people, their livelihoods, health, cultural heritage, socioeconomic assets and ecosystems.
  • Hence, identification, assessment, monitoring, planning, preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation are necessary to achieve the goals of resilience.
  • Disaster risk reduction measures need to be integrated in development programs related to sustainable development, natural resource management, the environment, poverty reduction, urban development and adaptation to climate change.
  • While 20 European countries have taken up the EU adaptation strategy already in place and they adopted national strategies, efforts need to be strengthened to build and maintain resilient communities, infrastructures and economies.
  • The 11th ELSEDIMA Conference will gather representatives of authorities, research entities and industry to lay out the path to communication and dissemination.