Close collaboration with academia to promote the knowledge management of IRM in Guatemala


This panel will address the close collaboration that can exist between academia, civil society and government entities to better manage risk knowledge and the contributions in terms of research, teaching and services offered by universities to the society. The importance of the Guatemalan Inter-University Platform for DRM (Disaster Risk Management) and its role as a facilitator of interdisciplinary learning among universities, civil society and the public sector will be presented as a model that pursues resilience. It will show how this platform with an interdisciplinary approach works by connecting disaster risk reduction, climate change and ecosystem management, and how such a platform can not only raise awareness but also contribute to public and governmental discussions on the links between disaster risks, climate change and ecosystems degradation.

The panel is intended primarily for CSOs and the academic sector, to enable them to take up the challenges faced by academia, in terms of bridging the gaps between disciplines.


  • Hosted by Jorge Alberto Ruiz Ordoñez, Wetlands International Guatemala and Verónica Rivera, Guatemalan Red Cross
  • Julissa Lorenzana, Higher School of Studies in Integrated Risk Management, -ESEGIR-CONRED-
  • Silvio Herrera, Del Valle University of Guatemala, Coordinator of the InterU Platform
  • Nora Machuca, National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology of Guatemala -INSIVUMEH- 

Time Slot: 16:30 - 17:45 CET

Language: Spanish (with English translation available)

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