Story of the logo

The logo of the International Symposium on Multi Hazard Early Warning and Disaster Risk Reduction (MHEW DRR 2020) has been designed to reflect the wide-ranging scope and breadth of approaches to identifying, assessing and reducing the risks of disaster, as well as the most devastating disaster to afflict the host country, Sri Lanka.


Climate Change & Early Warning

Early warning in a changing climate
Institutionalizing and sustaining early warning systems – technical, human and operational capacity, and localization
Measuring early warning effectiveness and ongoing evaluation
Multi – Hazard Early Warning (MHEW) Systems, including exploring the potential for synergizing tsunami early warning with other hazards


Disaster Preparedness

Using GIS technology for disaster preparedness and early warning
Local ownership, enhancing response capacity and community awareness
Simulation exercises, drills and standard operating Procedures (SOPs)
Disaster emergency food and sanitation


Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 / Sustainable Development Goals

Risk based / informed early warning and global agendas Sendai and SDGs


Risk Transfer / Insurance

Risk transferring and forecast based financing for DRR
Nature Based Solutions (NBSs) for managing disaster risks


Innovation for Better Early Warning

The first mile – Hazard monitoring; forecasting and warning; new, innovative tools / products for strengthening EWSs


Communications for Better EW

Early warning interface – legal and institutional framework, clearly defined actors, governance and institutional arrangements, vertical and horizontal coordination
Reaching the last mile – Bringing the message to communities at risk – Technical, legal and socio – cultural complexities involved in communicating coastal based hazard early warning to communities
Next generation of TEW dissemination
Formal and informal communication mechanisms in early warning


Disaster Risk Reduction

Transboundary disaster risk governance
Displacement and relocation
Disaster resilient urban planning and development