GDPC annual event 2018


Disaster Risk Reduction and Building resilience in Humanitarian and development contexts 

Miami has been referred to as one of the most economically vulnerable cities on the planet with $416 billion in assets at risk for flooding and sea-level rise, in just one of Miami-Dade’s many municipalities.  More alarming is the level of human exposure to natural hazards, where 2.7 million people are living in densely populated areas exposed to floods, storm surge and other risks related to climate change (US Census Bureau). 

The Global Disaster Preparedness Center invests in promoting disaster preparedness learning, innovation and good practice by drawing on more than a century of experience and a network of 190 Red Cross and Red Crescent national societies with the wider goal of safeguarding and strengthening communities susceptible to disasters.  The Nature Conservancy, on a parallel track, has been working for decades to understand and advance the role that natural systems, such as natural areas, mangroves and reefs, play in reducing disaster risks.

On March 29th, 2016  we announced a new partnership between the Global Disaster Preparedness Center and The Nature Conservancy.  Together we aim to capitalize on our collective experience, expertise, partnerships and networks in order to foster community resilience worldwide.  Two panels of experts, domestic and international, will explore innovative solutions to climate change where people and nature meet at the local, regional and global levels.

Recording of Event

Local to Global Climate Solutions: Making Communities Safer with Nature from TNC Coastal Resilience on Vimeo.



9:15 am

Registration and Networking (15 min)  – Light refreshment provided


9:30 am

Welcome and Introductions (10 min)

  • Mohamed Hilmi and Miguel Aguirre

9:30 am

Session One (1 hr 10 min)

  • Jun Rentschler – Building Back Stronger, Faster and More Inclusively
  • Brian Kelly – Leveraging Foreign Remittances and Building Resilience
  • Britt Lake – Supporting Local Resilience Capacity to Build Back Better
  • Chuck Setchell – The Settlements Approach; An Underutilized Means of Promoting DRR/Resilience
  • (15 min Q&A)




Coffee Break (10 min)


10:50 am

Session Two (1 hr)


Olga PetryniakPushing the Boundaries of DRR: Resilience-focused Programming (15 min)

Resilience-thinking has increasingly become a critical framework for the intervention and adoption of DRR principles, and action in complex humanitarian and development contexts. Highlights from urbanizing Indonesia and the Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh.


Lessons from Hurricane Maria – DRR in Puerto Rico (45 min)

This panel will discuss the lessons learned from Hurricane Maria and the ongoing efforts to improve DRR on the island of Puerto. Moderated by Marilyn Shapley.


  • Panelists – Jeronimo Candela and Dr. Carmen Orozco-Acosta
  • (15 min Q&A)



11:50 pm


Closing Remarks



Time (EST)



 Doors open, coffee and tea available.


Press Announcement

Partnerships for Building Resilience: Making Communities Safer and Stronger with Nature — in Miami-Dade County and Beyond

Kathy Baughman McLeod, Managing Director, Coastal Risk & Investment, TNC

Mayor Carlos Gimenez, Miami Dade County, Welcome and Remarks

–       Kathy Baughman McLeod, The Nature Conservancy

–       Rebecca Scheurer, Director, Red Cross Global Disaster Preparedness Center

–       Robert Muir Wood, Chief Research Officer. Risk Management Solutions

–       Bob Bailey, Executive Vice President City/Urban Solutions, CH2M




Protecting Miami-Dade; Natural Climate Solutions for Safer, Stronger Communities, Q&A

Kathy Baughman McLeod

–       Jim Murley, Chief Resilience Officer, Miami Dade County

–       Carlos J. Castillo, Regional Disaster Officer, American Red Cross, South Florida Region

–       Laurens van der Tak, Vice President for Water, CH2M

–       Chris Bergh, South Florida Conservation Director, The Nature Conservancy 



A Global Look at Building Community Resilience to Extreme Weather Events with Natural Solutions, Q&A

Kathy Baughman McLeod

–       Robert Muir Wood, Chief Research Officer, Risk Management Solutions

–       Dr. Michael Beck, Lead Marine Scientist, The Nature Conservancy

–       Walter Cotte, Regional Director, Latin America & the Caribbean, International Federation of the Red Cross & Red Crescent Societies

–       Dr. A. Sezin Tokar, Senior Hydrometeorological Hazard Advisor, USAID Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance

–       Dave Prodger, British Consul General 






Light Lunch Served in Gables Salon, Opposite Merrick Ballroom

Note: Press interviews will be conducted in Gables Salon, opposite Merrick Ballroom

Press Release: GDPC and The Nature Conservancy Partnership

National Geographic Voices: Quick Take: Nature Protects People

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