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Lyceum 2021 | Together Towards Tomorrow

Like many Pacific Rim countries, New Zealand has high seismicity and is exposed to a range of geophysical and climatic hazards.

NZ is a long, narrow island chain with very little redundancy in its infrastructure networks, which service many remote communites. Recent earthquake disasters have galvinised the New Zealand government to improve our physical and social resilience to future events. Over the past decade, several so-called ‘boundary organisations’ have been established that bring together science, practice and policy to achieve the goal of improving public awareness and preparedness for future natural hazard events.

One of these organisations is known as AF8 [Alpine Fault magnitude 8], which aims to improve response capability for a future damaging plate boundary earthquake on the Alpine Fault, and to improve the risk literacy of our citizens and emergency response agencies to support improved community-led preparedness and response efforts. This presentation will reflect on the last five years of collective effort on AF8, and the positive outcomes that have contributed to mitigating disaster risk. Lessons learned from these efforts in NZ could be applied by other nations around the world with high exposure to natural hazards.



Caroline Orchiston
Associate Professor, Acting Director Centre for Sustainability, University of Otago


40 min

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