Rebuilding for Resilience: How Science and Engineering Can Inform Haiti’s Reconstruction
University of Miami , Coral Gables , FL , USA

Haiti's devastating earthquake on January 12 presents unprecedented challenges to the science and engineering communities, to non- governmental organizations, governments, and other institutions providing immediate relief as well as to those involved in longer term reconstruction. Geoscientists are challenged by having to produce quantitative estimates of future seismic hazard in the face of extremely limited data. Engineers are challenged to identify cost- effective methods for building resilient structures. The rebuilding community is challenged not only by the scale of the devastation, but also by the very real possibility that Port-au-Prince may face another devastating earthquake within the next one or two decades. This risk needs to be considered when policy makers decide where and how to rebuild, especially critical infrastructure such as hospitals and schools, power plants, and government buildings.

This enormous challenge suggests that the rebuilding community needs to interact closely with scientists and engineers over the next few months, a period when major reconstruction will hopefully start. To avoid mistakes of the past, communication and information sharing are critical. The workshop will include keynotes, panels, and breakout sessions to facilitate interaction and engagement from all participants for the purpose of developing priority science and engineering recommendations for rebuilding Haiti's infrastructure and communities in ways that reduce the risk of future disasters.

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Key Findings

Key Findings From the Rebuilding for Resilience Workshop (PDF)

Key findings of the Workshop were also highlighted by the Bureau of International Organization Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and by USAID

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Agenda and Presentations

A more detailed version of the agenda below can be downloaded as a PDF.

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Monday, March 22nd

8:30AM Call to Order: David Applegate, NSTC Subcommittee on Disaster Reduction
8:35AM Welcome: Dr. Pascal Goldschmidt, Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean, University of Miami Medical School
(Introduced by Tim Dixon, University of Miami)
8:50AM Keynote: Haiti Minister of Environment Jean Marie Claude Germain
9:15AM Plenary Panel: Strategies for Achieving Disaster Risk Reduction
Moderator: Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Suzanne Nossel
  • Margareta Wahlstrom (Special Representative to the U.N. Secretary General for Disaster Reduction)
    Hyogo Framework for Action - preparedness for reconstruction and recovery
  • Guido Bertolaso (Director of Italian Civil Protection, Presidential Council of Ministers)

    Agenda and Presentations

    A more detailed version of the agenda below can be downloaded as a PDF.

    Click on an agenda item below for the related presentation file

    Monday, March 22nd

    8:30AM Call to Order: David Applegate, NSTC Subcommittee on Disaster Reduction
    8:35AM Welcome: Dr. Pascal Goldschmidt, Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean, University of Miami Medical School
    (Introduced by Tim Dixon, University of Miami)
    8:50AM Keynote: Haiti Minister of Environment Jean Marie Claude Germain
    9:15AM Plenary Panel: Strategies for Achieving Disaster Risk Reduction
    Moderator: Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Suzanne Nossel
    10:30AM Plenary Panel: Assessing Haiti's Hazard and Risk
    Moderator: Paul Mann (University of Texas at Austin)
    1:30PM Reconstruction Timeline/Technical Assistance Needs
    Andrew Morton, United Nations Environment Programme Presentation
    1:45PM Plenary Panel: Lessons Learned from Other Rebuilding Efforts Moderator: Cari Enav (U.S. Department of State)
    3:00PM Charge to Breakout Groups
    3:30PM

    Breakout Sessions

    Breakout sessions will focus on what can be offered now and what short-term and long-term data needs must be addressed to increase the benefit of what science and engineering can offer. Breakouts will identify key recommendations/considerations to share with broader group. Topics include:

    • Seismic hazard issues (including geology, geodesy, seismology and imagery)
    • Engineering issues (including structural, geotechnical, infrastructure)
    • Multi-hazard issues (including landslides, floods, hurricanes, tsunami)
    • Societal issues (include planning, policy)
      • Lead:
        • Dennis Wenger (National Science Foundation)
      • Presenters:
        • Philip Berke (UNC)
        • Jose Holguin-Veras (RPI)
        • Joanne Nigg (Univ. of Delaware)
        • Rob Olshansky (Univ. of Illinois)
        • Gavin Smith (UNC)
    7:30PM

    Public Forum

    Open to the community, this event will feature presentations by Eric Calais and Reggie DesRoches, both of whom led teams in Haiti and have served as advisors to their government and private sector; ample time for questions from the audience.

    Tuesday, March 23rd

    8:30AM Haiti's Unique Societal Challenges
    John Harding, Disaster Risk Reduction Advisor, Office of the U.N. Special Envoy to Haiti
    8:50AM Plenary Panel: Planning for Rebuilding
    Moderator: Arthur Lerner-Lam (Columbia University)
    10:00AM Initial Reports from Breakout Sessions
    11:00AM

    Breakout Sessions

    Breakout sessions will continue previous afternoon's deliberations to establish take-away priorities. Flexibility to keep same breakouts or reorganize to suit discussion.

    1:30PM

    Final Breakout Session Reports and Discussion

    Having identified during the breakout sessions what information is currently available and what is still needed, how can this knowledge be effectively developed into strategies and plans to inform rebuilding efforts? Participants will work to generate a bulleted list of recommendations for policymakers. Discussion Points:

    • Identify institutional mechanisms for ingesting science/engineering information
    • How to make redevelopment risk-sensitive
    • Finding appropriate ways to provide incentives for mitigation
    • What requirements do donor nations/organizations need to impose on rebuilding
    2:45PM Next Steps
    3:00PM Adjourn
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  • Ambassador Sergio Romero Cuevas (Advisor of the Vice Minister for Economic Relations and International Cooperation in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico)
10:30AM Plenary Panel: Assessing Haiti's Hazard and Risk
Moderator: Paul Mann (University of Texas at Austin)
1:30PM Reconstruction Timeline/Technical Assistance Needs
Andrew Morton, United Nations Environment Programme Presentation
1:45PM Plenary Panel: Lessons Learned from Other Rebuilding Efforts Moderator: Cari Enav (U.S. Department of State)
3:00PM Charge to Breakout Groups
3:30PM

Breakout Sessions

Breakout sessions will focus on what can be offered now and what short-term and long-term data needs must be addressed to increase the benefit of what science and engineering can offer. Breakouts will identify key recommendations/considerations to share with broader group. Topics include:

  • Seismic hazard issues (including geology, geodesy, seismology and imagery)
  • Engineering issues (including structural, geotechnical, infrastructure)
  • Multi-hazard issues (including landslides, floods, hurricanes, tsunami)
  • Societal issues (include planning, policy)
    • Lead:
      • Dennis Wenger (National Science Foundation)
    • Presenters:
      • Philip Berke (UNC)
      • Jose Holguin-Veras (RPI)
      • Joanne Nigg (Univ. of Delaware)
      • Rob Olshansky (Univ. of Illinois)
      • Gavin Smith (UNC)
7:30PM

Public Forum

Open to the community, this event will feature presentations by Eric Calais and Reggie DesRoches, both of whom led teams in Haiti and have served as advisors to their government and private sector; ample time for questions from the audience.

Tuesday, March 23rd

8:30AM Haiti's Unique Societal Challenges
John Harding, Disaster Risk Reduction Advisor, Office of the U.N. Special Envoy to Haiti
8:50AM Plenary Panel: Planning for Rebuilding
Moderator: Arthur Lerner-Lam (Columbia University)
10:00AM Initial Reports from Breakout Sessions
11:00AM

Breakout Sessions

Breakout sessions will continue previous afternoon's deliberations to establish take-away priorities. Flexibility to keep same breakouts or reorganize to suit discussion.

1:30PM

Final Breakout Session Reports and Discussion

Having identified during the breakout sessions what information is currently available and what is still needed, how can this knowledge be effectively developed into strategies and plans to inform rebuilding efforts? Participants will work to generate a bulleted list of recommendations for policymakers. Discussion Points:

  • Identify institutional mechanisms for ingesting science/engineering information
  • How to make redevelopment risk-sensitive
  • Finding appropriate ways to provide incentives for mitigation
  • What requirements do donor nations/organizations need to impose on rebuilding
2:45PM Next Steps
3:00PM Adjourn

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Important Dates

  • Registration open:
    Fri, January 01, 2010
  • Registration deadline:
    Mon, February 01, 2010

Workshop Location
University of Miami