ASM Fellows’ Lecture: Disaster Risk Reduction in a Changing Climate by Professor Dr Joy Jacqueline Pereira FASc

You are cordially invited to ASM Fellows’ Lecture by Professor Dr Joy Jacqueline Pereira FASc

“Disaster Risk Reduction in a Changing Climate”

24 October 2013 ; 3.00 pm; Puri Pujangga, UKM (Bangi)


The National Security Council of the Prime Minister’s Department, chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, is responsible for coordinating and facilitating disaster management at federal, state and local levels as mandated by Directive No. 20 on ‘Policy and Mechanism on National Disaster and Relief Management’ issued on 11 May 1997. The National Green Technology and Climate Change Council established in 2010 and chaired by the Prime Minister of Malaysia is responsible for coordinating and facilitating implementation of the National Policy on Climate Change and National Green Technology Policy in the country. Calls have been made for a comprehensive approach in legislation, policies and plans that can minimise the impacts of disasters and encourage preventive measures, particularly since major disasters in the country such as floods and landslides, are influenced by climate. The Melaka Declaration on Disaster Risk Reduction in Malaysia 2011 is a testament of the increasing awareness of climate change and its potential impacts among disaster risk reduction practitioners in Malaysia. The Declaration makes a call for supporting implementation of climate change measures through appropriate actions on disaster risk reduction. The advancement of science and technology is critical for dealing with current and emerging hazards in the country, particularly in urban areas, floodplains, highlands and coastal zones. Scientists in Malaysia, who traditionally work in distinct areas such as climate modelling, biophysical impacts assessment, vulnerability appraisal and disaster risk reduction, should transcend their disciplinary boundaries and advance their craft to support policy-makers and practitioners as well as increase public understanding to enhance climate and disaster resilience.

This lecture describes the current scenario on disaster risk reduction and climate change in the policy and science domains in Malaysia. Emerging hazards including fast and slow onset events will be highlighted in the context of a changing climate. The way forward in advancing policy relevant research, development and innovation will be proposed to reduce the impact of disasters on society.

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