UNESCO CHAIR INAUGURAL MEETING
Firenze, 27 October 2016
Auditorium Sant'Apollonia, Via San Gallo 25/A, Firenze
9:30-10:00 – Rector University of Florence, Regione Toscana, Comune di Firenze, Città Metropolitana.
10:00-10:15 – Blanca Elena JIME’NEZ-CISNEROS – Director of the UNESCO Division of Water Sciences & Secretary of the International Hydrological Programme
10:15-10:30 – Philippe PYPAERT – Head of Science Unit, Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe
10:30-10:45 – Enrico VICENTI – Secretary General of the UNESCO National Commission
10:45-11:00 – Lucio UBERTINI – UNESCO Chair Water Resources Management and Culture
11:00-11:15 – Carlo FRANCINI – UNESCO Office Florence World Heritage
11:15-11:30 – Vittorio GASPARRINI – Centre for UNESCO of Florence
12:00-12:15 – Fabrizio CURCIO – Head of the Department of Civil Protection, Presidency of the Council of Ministers
12:15-12:30 – Mauro GRASSI – Director of Italiasicura, Presidency of the Council of Ministers
12:30-12:45 – Bernardo DE BERNARDINIS – President of National Institute for Environmental
Protection and Research
12:45-13:00 – Fawu WANG – Director General of the International Consortium on Geo-disaster Reduction
UNESCO CHAIR PRESENTATION
14:30-14:45 – Paolo CANUTI – Chair holder
14:45-15:00 – Claudio MARGOTTINI – Chair adjunct
15:00-15:15 – Nicola CASAGLI – Chair associate, Department of Earth Sciences University of Florence
15:15-15:30 – Fabio CASTELLI – Chair associate, Department of Civil and Environmental
Engineering University of Florence
15:30-17:00 – Tools and technologies for geo-hydrological risk reduction
Geo-hydrological hazards are a major threat to human life, property, cultural heritage and the natural and built environment. They include landslides, floods, debris flows, slope movements, ground subsidence, soil and coastal erosion, sinkholes and other hazards related to the climate changes and to the local hydro-geological conditions. Risk arises from the interplay of these physical processes with social and cultural factors, such as urbanization, emergency planning, risk preparedness and knowledge.
The mission of the Chair is to promote research and development (R&D) for the prevention and management of geo-hydrological hazards, in order to support policies and actions of risk reduction.
In particular, the Chair aims at the implementation of the Sendai Partnership 2015-2025, launched at the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) in Sendai by the InternaVonal Strategy for Disaster ReducVon (ISDR) and by the International Consortium on Landslides (ICL), for global promotion of understanding and reducing landslide disaster risk, which was also signed by UNESCO and the Italian Government, among other partners and UN organizations.