Disaster Resilience

Building Disaster Resilience Communities and Built Environment

The importance of built environment in building community resilience towards disaster is very obvious. So does the role of professional expertise in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and disaster risk management (DRM) that contributes directly in the effort of reducing and preventing disaster risk, which makes the responsibility of the professionals even more demanding. The role of professionals in the built environment and civil society are interchangeably important, need to be coherent, and must be consistent. Within the humanitarian principles of ‘do no harm’ and ‘leaving no one behind’, this presentation shares important narratives, data, frameworks, plans, tools, actions and impact assessment on building community and built environment resilience towards disaster.

Speaker profile

Hafiz Amirrol is a humanitarian worker and DRR-DRM practitioner. He works for MERCY Malaysia as the Head of Strategic Planning, and is also the Head of Secretariat for Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network (ADRRN) – a network of civil society organizations operating in Asia and the Pacific that work together in building community resilience throughout the region.

Hafiz was trained as an architect and urban designer at Universiti Teknologi MARA, Architectural Association School of Architecture and Institut Teknologi Bandung. He teaches architecture-urbanism at various architectural and planning schools in Malaysia and Indonesia, and is a visiting faculty at the International Cooperation and Development School at Kobe University.