Scoping Workshop Emergent Risks and Extreme Events KAN

Tokyo, Japan
Contact person:
Fumiko Kasuga, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Future Earth "Emergent Risks and Extreme Events – Reducing Disaster Risks under Environmental Change" Knowledge-Action Network (KAN) Scoping Workshop will be held on 22 November 2017 in Tokyo, Japan.


Committee Room 2-3, 5th Floor
United Nations University
5 Chome-53-70 Jingumae
Shibuya, Tokyo, 150-8925
Phone: +81 3-5467-1212


This is a closed workshop, for about 50 invited or nominated attendees only.

IRDR SC meeting participants, WCRP representatives, Future Earth representatives (Global Research Projects, PREP, KANs, Secretariat (Japan Hub, Asia Center)), UNU, UNISDR, SCJ and other Japanese organizers of Resilience Forum, Belmont Forum national members (JST, MEXT) and other participants are expected to attend.


Disasters continue to rise both in developing and in industrialized countries. This is the direct result of environmental events that are extreme or that have extreme impacts on economic, health, infrastructure, social, and other systems. However, there is a fundamental lack of understanding of integrated human, ecological, and physical processes shaping risk cascades and feedbacks in the context of the Anthropocene.

Multi-hazard interactions and cascading impacts including those involving technological hazards and social/political impacts are recognized but not yet supported by a systematic science agenda. The full solution space for disaster risk reduction includes reflection and redirection of development priorities, practices and trajectories in the context of global environmental change.

This KAN aims to define an interaction network between science partners and wider stakeholders to allow a structured integration and synthesis of expertise, professional and local knowledge to accelerate action on multi-hazard and compound events and so to support a transformation of development towards an equitable, sustainable and resilient future.

The scoping workshop aims to discuss possible research priorities, practical collaboration and engagement of stakeholders in the research themes and near-term governance of the KAN.


Following positive and constructive feedback from some of the Future Earth Global Research Projects on the draft vision document, circulated in July 2017, a scoping workshop has been planned in Tokyo, to coincide with the Global Forum on Science and Technology for Disaster Resilience 2017 (Resilience Forum 2017), which will be held at the Science Council of Japan (SCJ) from 23-25 November, 2017. Workshop participants are encouraged to attend the Resilience Forum 2017, due to the expected co-benefit.