Disasters have profound and devastating impacts on both lives and livelihoods. Despite the growing body of literature on disaster risk management, these impacts continue to increase. The World Bank reports a fourfold increase in disaster-related damages over the last three decades, from $52 billion a year in the 1980s to $228 billion over the first three years of the 2020s. Notably, 82% of human life is lost when such events occur in low- and lower-middle-income countries.
This highlights the urgency and importance of disaster risk management research. The MADIS conference, named after a global research project funded by the Belmont Forum and UKRI-EPSRC, aims to foster a shared understanding of the intricate interdependencies among risk, resilience, and vulnerability concepts. It aims to explore their connections with the consequences of disasters and evolution of water-energy-food systems. Such a collective understanding is essential for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and ensuring the resilience and inclusivity of the proposed solutions.
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