Programme Introduction

Programme of SiDRR Conference 2019 (as of May 7)

5.11-12 Beijing International Convention Center


Schedule of the Parallel Sessions




The Silk Road, beginning in the Han Dynasty (207 BC-220 AD), crosses more than 70 countries and affects some 4.4 billion people  (63% of the world). For centuries, the Silk Road has played an essential role in connecting the East and the West, through the exchange of trade, science technology and civilization. However, due to active underlying geological structures, including rapid tectonic uplift, climate change, and natural hazards (e.g., earthquakes, landslides, floods, typhoons, tsunamis, etc.) that occur frequently, these conditions place threats on both social development and livelihoods along the Silk Road. Furthermore, numerous challenges related to disaster risk reduction exist in this area, including a lack of background information and data sharing mechanism, as well as an absence of a scientific risk assessment method, and mitigation countermeasures, etc. 


Disaster events 1990-2017 (Source: NatCatSERVICE of Munich RE)

As a result of this serious situation, and integrated with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Sustainable Development Goals 2030, there is an urgent need to promote international cooperation in disaster risk reduction and sustainable development along the Silk Road. Resilience against natural hazards must be improved and an international platform for joint research and information sharing relevant to disaster risk reduction and sustainable development is needed. Therefore, an international research program for the disaster risk reductioalong the Silk Road is being implemented under the umbrella of SiDRR (Silk-road Disaster Risk Reduction) by Chinese Academy of Sciences.

The implementation of this program will enhance disaster prevention and will contribute to our ability to guarantee the security of livelihood of the affected countries. Based on this understanding, the  Chinese Academy of Sciences, China Association for Science and Technology, United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Alliance of International Science Organizations (ANSO), and International Scientific Partners will jointly host the International Conference on Silk-road Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development in Beijing, on May 11-12, 2019.

SiDRR Conference 2019 is also an important event of ANSO, which was founded by the Chinese Academy of Sciences and 36 other international science and education institutions. ANSO is committed to promoting shared development, sustainable development and the advancement of the UN SDGs through catalyzing and implementing concrete international cooperation initiatives in Science, Technology & Innovation and Capacity Building (STIC), jointly investigating and addressing most urgent regional and global scientific challenges.

The secretariat of the International Conference on Silk-road Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development invites representatives from all the hosts, organizers and co-organizers, as well as renowned experts and researchers from all continents to participate in this Conference. The Conference will consist of plenary sessions and symposiums. We anticipate some 500 participants.


Towards Safe, Green, and Resilient Silk Road


l  Hazard information detection and data sharing

l  Mechanisms and physical process

l  Risk analysis and management

l  Monitoring and early warning

l  Hazard prevention and mitigation

l  Emergency management and post-disaster reconstruction

l  Cross-border disasters

l  Sustainable development