Institutskolloquium Kulturgeographie – 09.01.2019

Disaster Diplomacy and Disaster Risk Dipolmacy – the example of the Professional Dialogue between Jordan, Israel and Palestine

Dr. Albrecht A. Beck (Prepared International)

Disaster Risk Diplomacy (DRD) combines Disaster Risk Reduction and Conflict Transformation / Cooperation between conflicting parties. Its aim is to use the window of opportunity created by common interests in disaster preparedness and the need for trans-boundary collaboration in emergencies to initiate cooperation. The cooperation in disaster risk reduction generates trust and can be used to strengthen efforts in reducing tensions and transforming conflict. An example for such a disaster risk diplomacy project is the project „Professional Dialogue for Emergency Preparedness and Lifesaving“ between Jordan, Israel and Palestine. This cooperation, started when the national emergency organisations were officially not even allowed to communicate with each other, has created trust among relevant bodies that allows them nowadays to respond to each other’s emergencies (e.g. Carmel Wildfires 2017 or Dead Sea Flash Flood Crisis 2018) and plan for common disaster coordination (trilateral coordination Center).

Disaster Diplomacy can be a highly influential tool inside a comprehensive approach to conflict transformation. Besides, it can also be a tool to support the stabilization of a state, a tool for conflict prevention and strengthening of cooperation, a way to overcome tensions. It can be used between states or between communities, and between communities and states (like e.g. in Central Asia). Today, the focus shifts especially to a long-term cooperation generated by Disaster Diplomacy focusing on a common approach to Disaster Risk Reduction (therefore: Disaster Risk Diplomacy) which has a much stronger probability to also generate conflict transformative effects.

The presentation will analyze lessons from the Professional Dialogue and compare it with other examples of Disaster Diplomacy. It also will give an outlook towards potential future developments of this tool.

Wann: Mittwoch, 09.01.2019 um 12:15 Uhr
Wo: Hörsaal C, Kochstr. 4 (Eingang Hindenburgstraße)

Gesamtübersicht Kolloquiumsprogramm im Wintersemester 2018/2019