UNU joins new disaster preparedness network
UNU has joined the Academic Network for Disaster Resilience to Optimise Educational Development (ANDROID), a new academic network funded by the
European Union to improve disaster preparedness in cities worldwide. ANDROID promotes cooperation and innovation among European Higher Education to
increase society’s resilience to disasters of human and natural origin.
Supported by an EU grant worth €800,000, ANDROID will
run for three years and is led by University of Salford’s Centre for Disaster
Resilience, based in the UK.
far, a consortium of partners from 64 European higher education institutions has
embarked on the project, joined by three institutions from Australia, Canada
“There is now recognition of the need for collaboration on a
large scale that involves a plurality of actors. ANDROID is based on an
inter-disciplinary consortium of partners that comprises scientists from
applied human, social and natural disciplines. Addressing disaster risk is an
endless or continuous process that cannot stop,” Professor Amaratunga from the
Centre for Disaster Resilience said.
Over three years, the consortium partners will describe, analyse
and compare the capacity of European cities and higher education institutions
to address disaster risk. ANDROID will provide the link between the research
and the public, helping to reinforce the connection between education and
project was inspired by the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction
(UNISDR) 'Making Cities Resilient' campaign. The campaign advocates widespread
commitment by local governments to build resilience to disasters, increase
national government support to cities to strengthen local capacities and to
develop global goals that are applicable for all cities.