2012 Workshop

NHMA would like to thank and recognize our 2012 Sponsors:

DOING MORE WITH LESS:
MITIGATION IN A CHANGING ENVIRONMENT

2012 International Hazard Mitigation Practitioners Workshop

July 17-18, 2012
 Omni Interlocken Resort
Broomfield, Colorado

Program Theme

The theme of the 2012 International Hazard Mitigation Practitioners Workshop is “Doing More with Less: Mitigation in a Changing Environment.” This year’s theme highlights three central challenges that mitigation practitioners must regularly confront while also offering myriad examples of mitigation success stories.

First, disaster losses are on the rise. Globally, the number of disasters has increased fourfold during the past three decades—from about 120 per year during the 1980s to roughly 500 per year now. Developing countries endure the greatest loss of life when disaster strikes, with more than 95 percent of all deaths caused by disasters occurring in these nations. In the United States, we have entered an era of regular billion dollar disasters that destroy the natural and built environments and upend countless lives.

Second, these disaster losses have been exacerbated by a number of complex demographic, social, economic, and environmental changes that have rendered more people vulnerable to disaster than ever before. Rising disaster losses are not simply the result of “natural” processes and an ever more restless earth. These losses emerge from the concentration of infrastructure in hazard prone areas; a lack of strong planning and zoning processes; population growth and urbanization; the rising number of poor people living in some of the world’s riskiest locations; and a variety of other factors that have placed more vulnerable people and more property in harm’s way.

Third, in this time of enormous disaster losses, budgets for hazards mitigation programs in the United States at the local, state, and federal levels have been significantly reduced. Thus, mitigation practitioners are being asked to do more with less during a period when their expertise and skills are more necessary than ever before. In developing countries that experience exceptionally high levels of risk and hazards exposure, mitigation programs may not exist at all.

The 2012 Practitioners Workshop will address these three challenges head on. But we will do more than talk about the current problems facing the field of hazards mitigation. A central goal of this year’s Workshop is also to draw upon the knowledge and expertise of mitigation practitioners from around the world who are doing more with less. At this Workshop there will be an open exchange of ideas between and among policy experts and local mitigation champions, grassroots leaders, private sector professionals, and others who have dedicated their professional careers to reversing the tide of ever growing disaster losses. Please join us.

For more information and registration details, please see: http://colorado.edu/hazards/workshop/2012/nhma.html