PEDRR Quarterly Seminar Series:
Disasters, Resilience and Eco-Solutions

24 May, Friday
11:30- 13:00 hrs followed by refreshments
International Environment House 2, 11-15 Chemin des Anémones,
1219 Châtelaine, Geneva
Rooms Rhone and Aare
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“Tsunamis in Lake Geneva? Some Lessons from Japan”


- Katrina Kremer, Earth Scientist at the University of Geneva and lead author on “Giant Lake Geneva tsunami in AD 543” Nature Geoscience, October 2012

- Radhika Murti, Disaster Risk Reduction Coordinator at the International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN), “Lessons learned from Japan’s 2011 Great Earthquake and Tsunami”

Moderated by:

- Dr. Muralee Thummarukudy, Senior Programme Officer, Disaster risk reduction, United Nations Environment Programme

In October 2012, a paper on “Giant Lake Geneva tsunami in AD 543” published in Nature Geoscience received considerable international attention. However, six months later, most people in Geneva, amongst both the general population and policymakers, do not see a tsunami in Lake Geneva as a credible risk scenario to warrant taking major risk reduction measures. Yet, the tsunami, which occurred in Lake Geneva 1,500 years ago, caused a 14 meter wave, destroying early settlements around the lake. The populations around Lake Geneva remain vulnerable to similar events even today, but there are no early warning systems or tsunami evacuation plans in place.

The first of the PEDRR Lecture Series on Disasters, Resilience and Eco-Solutions will bring together Katrina Kremer, the lead author of this scientific paper and Radhika Murti, of IUCN, who studied the action taken by the Government of Japan after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, to debate if there are lessons to be learnt on disaster risk reduction from past catastrophic events. The session will be moderated by Dr. Muralee Thummarukudy, UNEP.

The session will reflect on societies’ perception of risk, how much risk from natural hazards our society is willing to accept, and eco-solutions to reducing risks from natural hazard events.

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