Understanding Risk Forum 2016

  • Date - May 16-20, 2016
  • Location - Venice, Italy

IEA Data Scientist Ben Lloyd-Hughes is taking part in a high profile panel at UR2016, a forum of experts and practitioners in disaster risk identification.

The forum meets every two years for collaboration, knowledge sharing and innovation in identifying and assessing disaster risk. The event, in Venice, also highlights best practices and showcases the latest technical know-how.

This year’s theme is ‘Building Evidence For Action’ and Lloyd-Hughes is on a panel put together by USAid titled ‘When uncertainty is certain: tools for improved decision making for weather and climate’. Also on the panel will be Amy Barthorpe, Head of Business Development at WeFarm; Enrico Ponte, Head of Risk and Resilience, GeoAdaptive and Andrew Kruczkiewicz, Environmental Monitoring Program, IRI, Columbia University. The session is being led by Pete Epanchin, Climate Adaptation Specialist in the Global Climate Change Office of USAid.

The IEA has been collaborating with social enterprise WeFarm, with Lloyd-Hughes gathering data to show that farmers in developing countries are using WeFarm’s text messaging platform to seek basic advice on climate to improve their crops and produce. The evidence he has gathered will support WeFarm in extending the service.

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For more on the event visit https://understandrisk.org/event/ur2016/