12th Australasian Natural Hazards Conference

The 12th Australasian Natural Hazards Management Conference, took place at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra from 18-19 June 2019. Denise Blake, David Johnston, Kate Akers and Emily Campbell were in attendance from the JCDR. Other Aotearoa New Zealand delegates were Richard Smith (Resilience to Nature’s Challenges), Jo Horrocks (MCDEM), and Rachel Lawson (University of Auckland).

Hosted by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre (BNHCRC), this year the conference was staged with a new concept that gave attendees insights into research and policy developments over the coming years. Based around a scenario of cascading natural hazards, the conference investigated how our systems would cope today, before examining how the same series of events could play out in 2035.

Delegates in attendance helped develop a strategic view on whether research and formal reviews of natural hazards from around Australia, Aotearoa New Zealand, and across the globe, are providing us with the best knowledge to deal with the extreme hazards of our future. This occurred in the form of panel sessions based around distinct topic areas such as land use planning and management, relief recovery and mitigation, and resilient cities and communities. David Johnston participated as a panellist in the session on communication, education and behaviour which looked at the question: How can we integrate each of these activities into a capability that delivers a safer and more resilient future?

Aotearoa New Zealand will take the baton from the BNHCRC to host the 13th Australasian Natural Hazards Management Conference in 2020. Look to MCDEM later on in the year for more details.