Land Resilience Team Presents at 2019 Conference on Land and Poverty in Washington

On Thursday March 29th, the project team delivered two paper presentations within the World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty session on Improving Resilience via Better Land Data. The first paper was presented by Prof. Abbas Rajabifard on the topic of ‘Leveraging national land and geospatial systems for improved disaster resilience’, and the second paper was delivered by Dr. Serene Ho on the topic of ‘Integrating land and geospatial systems for disaster resilience – the need for technical and institutional innovation’. Both papers were well received and ignited lively discussions on the topic of improving resilience through better land data.

Presentation at World Bank Global Practice Forum

On Thursday March 21st Professor Abbas Rajabifard attended and presented at the World Bank Global Practice Forum in Washington on the topic of Land Resilience. The presentation focused on the recently completed project ‘Improving the Resilience and Resilience Impact of National Land and Geospatial Systems’ and the key outputs of the project, including the Flagship Report as well as the suite of tools which comprises four tools which enables countries to assess the level of land resilience and the maturity of their land and geospatial systems, and guides them into developing a Country Action Plan for improving land resilience.

Upcoming Land Resilience Masterclass

On Friday 29 th March the project team will be conducting a Masterclass event during the World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty in Washington. The Masterclass is titled Driving National Land Resilience: Framework for Assessing and Planning and is aimed at practitioners and World Bank task team leaders in countries that would like to enhance resilience by using Land and Geospatial Information Systems.

The Masterclass will present an overview of key concepts around land resilience and key operational tools developed to improve land resilience, including the Contextual Analysis Questionnaire, the Pre and Post Disaster Recommendations, the Land Resilience Maturity Index and the Country Action Plan Template. It provides a hands-on approach to demonstrating these tools, taking participants through the use of the Land Resilience Maturity Index to perform a country-based assessment, and how to utilize the outcomes of the assessment as input into developing a robust Country Action Plan for advancing land resilience.

The masterclass is focused on the project preparation stage including diagnosis, analysis and planning, and participants will learn how to assess the current land resilience status of their country and what steps to take to identify action areas and implement change.

Driving National Land Resilience

Global land and geospatial systems are important national resources. They contribute to stability and economic growth by providing security and surety around people’s greatest asset. The inclusion and integration of existing land and geospatial information into disaster risk management activities has the potential to significantly improve disaster resilience for stakeholders, particularly at the community level. The recent project carried out by members of the Centre for SDIs and Land Administration at the University of Melbourne in conjunction with the Global Land and Geospatial Unit of the World Bank investigated this topic in depth looking at a number of cases at individual country levels to determine how resilience could be improved through the use of national land and geospatial systems.

The project produced a number of outcomes including a series of reports which feature an overarching flagship report and a standalone executive summary strategic publication, as well as four functioning tools for assessing resilience status of land and geospatial systems within country contexts and templates and guides for improving and enhancing land resilience. The outcomes of this project are being presented in Washington over the next two weeks during events held by the World Bank in conjunction with their annual conference on Land and Poverty.

Today, Thursday 21 st March Prof. Abbas Rajabifard has been invited to present this work at World Bank Global Practice Forum which is a forum focused on presenting work to help countries build capable, efficient, open, and accountable institutions. Next week, the team will make several presentations during the conference event, and will conduct on Friday 29 th March a Masterclass event which will offer in depth and a hands-on learning experience based around the major tools and outputs developed from this project.

Land Resilience Project presents at UN-GGIM Academic Network Forum

The United Nations – Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) Academic Network Forum was held on 1 – 3 August as part of the Eighth Session of the Committee of Experts on GGIM at UN Headquarters, New York.

The theme of the event was The SDGs Connectivity Dilemma: Urban Settlements, Resilience, and Sustainability and brought together over 100 delegates and geospatial experts and academics from over 50 Member States, academic institutions, and the private sector.

During the event, Alvaro Federico Barra, Land Administration and Geospatial Specialist from the World Bank presented on the topic of Improving Resilience and Resilience Impact of National Land and Geospatial Systems, introducing our current research project, our objectives and aims, the motivating reasons behind our research, our findings to date including details of the case studies conducted, and the relevance of our work in the context of the SDG agenda.

The presentation was well received with excellent feedback and support given, and creation of further opportunity for engagement and requests for involvement in the project.

Upcoming Country Case Study Missions in Indonesia and India

The research team has two upcoming case study missions to Indonesia and India. On September 3–6 the team will be in Jakarta working with land and geospatial experts and disaster management and resilience specialists to learn all about their approaches to increasing resilience to disasters and protecting land and property. The team will then travel to Trivandrum in Kerala state in India to carry out the workshop in the Indian context on September 10–13.
The case study mission will involve workshops with local land administration and disaster management experts, brainstorming sessions, panel discussions and the development of a tailored country action plan to meet the needs of the country with the aim of increasing the resilience and resilience impact of national land and geospatial systems in the context of disaster management.

Land Resilience Project to Host Dedicated Stream in Upcoming Smart Sustainable Futures Symposium in Melbourne

In September 24-26, the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Spatial Data Infrastructures and Land Administration (CSDILA) and Centre for Disaster Management and Public safety (CDMPS) will host an International Symposium on Smart Sustainable Futures in Melbourne, sponsored by the World Bank Group and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Resilience (GFDRR).
Within the event there will be a dedicated Land Resilience stream focusing on the current World Bank project on Improving the Resilience and Resilience Impact of National Land and Geospatial Systems. The World Bank Land Resilience stream will combine the theme of smart sustainable futures with the topic of land resilience and will explore how national land and geospatial systems could improve resilience to disasters and contribute to the goals of achieving a smart sustainable future.
The stream will meld presentation sessions on selected case countries with discussion sessions focused on the development of a strategic roadmap and individual country action plans. Panel and roundtable discussions on the developed items outputs will take place offering a chance for feedback and insight into the final Flagship report on this topic as well as exploration of the role, relevance and contributions of national land and geospatial systems in the areas of resilience, disaster risk management and land management, at local and global scales.
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