IDRiM 2010 Conference

Sharing IDRiM experiences under different socio-economic and cultural contexts

The 1st IDRiM Conference on Integrated Disaster Risk Management (IDRiM Society) was held at University Natural Resources and applied Life Sciences in Vienna, Austria on 1 – 4 September 2010.

Losses of human lives and economic losses from natural disasters have increased dramatically in the last decades. Especially developing regions are highly vulnerable to natural disasters. The objective of this conference, similar to the previous events,was to contribute to the development and to the implementation of an integrated disaster risk management approach with the emphasis on sharing the experiences obtained under different cultural and socio-economic settings. The participants included scientists from different disaster related disciplines as well as practitioners, representatives of NGOs and policy makers from different regions.

The reduction of escalating losses from natural disasters is essential for sustainable development. Considering that the poorest groups of the society suffer disproportionally from natural hazards IDRiM strategies were promoted which contribute to a socially balanced development.