LandAware network WG03 Communication with stakeholders

MayDay session on Communication and stakeholder engagement for LEWS

Blog post by Mirianna Budimir

We want to hear from you!

Challenges still remain in bridging the gap between providing scientific warning information and translating that into useful information for stakeholders. Best-practice guidance for early warning systems recommends engaging with stakeholders to co-produce useful forecast and warning information for decision makers. However, this is still a big ask and barriers, challenges, and gaps still remain in this process – including for landslide early warning systems. To address these challenges, LandAware have established a Working Group focusing specifically on this topic.

As part of the MayDay conference, Dr. Mirianna Budimir, Senior DRR Advisor from Practical Action, an international development organisation with global expertise in early warning systems, will share existing lessons and best practice from the wider early warning system field that can be applied specifically to landslide early warning systems. Using examples from operational landslide early warning systems, she will share key learning and practical recommendations about communicating warnings and engaging with stakeholders effectively.

As part of the session, we will invite participants to share their experiences of working with stakeholders and developing communication strategies for landslide early warning systems. We want to hear and share your experiences, challenges, strategies, successes, and lessons, in order to learn from each other within LandAware. Your reflections and questions will also inform the development of SHEAR programme guidance materials aimed at supporting better communication and stakeholder engagement for LEWS.

If you are interested in participating and contributing to the conversation, don’t forget to add it to your calendar:

20th May, 10:00-11:00 CEST

Contact us to feature in an upcoming publication

Are you involved in issuing landslide forecasts or warnings as part of an operational, live system? If so, please contact Mirianna to share your experiences outside of (or in addition to) the MayDay session. Your input will contribute to and could feature in an upcoming SHEAR programme publication which will provide examples and guidance on developing forecast information for institutional decision makers.

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The first LandAware round-the-clock conference will be a “MayDay”

Join us for the LandAware MayDay round-the-clock Conference!

When: from 19 May 2021 14:00 CET to 20 May 2021 14:00 CET

Where: online (free registration required)

What: see the preliminary program

And if have one or more photos regarding landslides or landslide early warning to share… participate in the MayDay 2021 photo contest

Updated info at:

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Recording of LandAware kick-off 2020

The recording of the LandAware kick-off meeting, held on 14 December 2020, is on YouTube for you to watch on demand.

Enjoy it!

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LandAware kick-off 2020

The kick-off event of the network will take place online on Zoom on Monday 14 December 2020, 13:30-15:30 CET.

REGISTER by filling the following Google form:
(the link to join the Zoom meeting will be sent by email to registered participants 1-day before the event)

The 2-hour event will include a presentation of the network and of its working groups, as well as invited lectures and a final interactive session (see detailed program below).

Schedule of the event

Note: being aware that the time of the event will not allow the easy participation of potentially interested people from all time-zones, the event will be recorded and later posted online for watching on demand.

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International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction “LandAware is committed!”

The International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction celebrates, since many years, how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of reining in the risks that they face.

LandAware, the multi-disciplinary international network of experts in Landslide Early Warning Systems, sees worldwide cooperation and experience sharing among professionals and researchers as a primary driver for addressing and promoting (landslide) Disaster Risk Reduction.

We are young, we are just born, but we are already committed!

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LandAware in the journal “Landslides”

A News/Kyoto Commitment article has been published today (online first) on the scientific journal “Landslides” to present the LandAware network to the many readers of the journal.

Calvello M, Devoli G, Freeborough K, Gariano SL; Guzzetti F, Kirschbaum D, Nakaya H, Robbins J, Stähli M (2020). LandAware: a new international network on Landslide Early Warning Systems. Landslides, online first.

Extracts from the article

Many recent international initiatives have been highlighting the importance of EWSs for disaster risk reduction purposes. [..] In response to these global initiatives, natural hazard experts working with EWSs around the world have recently founded programs and networks to promote international collaboration among members engaged in both surveillance of natural hazards and issuance of warnings to key stakeholders (authorities and public). Among them we can mention multi-hazard initiatives, such as the multi-stakeholder International Network for Multi-Hazard Early Warning Systems promoted by the World Meteorological Organization, as well as initiatives focusing on single natural hazards, such as the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Tsunami Programme, the World Organization of Volcanic Observatories, the Global Seismographic Network of the IRIS consortium in the USA, and the European Avalanche Warning Services. Filling a gap in this global scenario, and in response to the abovementioned requests from the landslide risk scientific community, in July 2020 a multi-disciplinary international network of experts in LEWS was founded. The network is named “LandAware – the international network on Landslide Early Warning Systems”.

[..] upcoming activities of LandAware will always be, given the stated purposes of the network, in line with Kyoto Landslide Commitment 2020 priority action no. 1, which aims at promoting “the development of people-centered early warning technology for landslides with increased precision and reliable prediction both in time and location, especially in a changing climate context.”

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LandAware is born!

The founding members of LandAware are happy to introduce you to a new international venue for multi-disciplinary knowledge-based cooperation among Landslide Early Warning Systems managers, researchers and stakeholders.

“LandAware – the international network on LEWS” was founded in July 2020 with the primary purpose to share experiences, needs and innovations among LEWS professionals and researchers and to develop and promote guidelines and best practices for upcoming LEWS.

In our vision, members of LandAware shall be committed to:

  • exchanging experiences, innovations and best practices in the development and operation of LEWS;
  • promoting staff training and supporting stakeholders responsible for landslide emergency response and risk management;
  • fostering cooperation between members through collaborative studies on specific cases and benchmarking of LEWS worldwide;
  • enhancing the communication and awareness about landslide risk to all the categories of stakeholders;
  • organizing scientific gatherings and dissemination initiatives;
  • producing common standards and terminology, guidelines, recommendations, opinion papers and white papers;
  • creating and maintaining online platforms as authoritative sources of information on LEWS;
  • liaising with other relevant organizations that share similar objectives.

Interested in cooperating for addressing and promoting issues related to LEWS? Simply fill a membership request and join us!

Welcome to LandAware.

We are looking forward to working with you,

Michele Calvello (President)
Graziella Devoli
Katy Freeborough
Stefano Luigi Gariano
Fausto Guzzetti
Dalia Kirschbaum
Manfred Stähli
Hiroaki Nakaya
Joanne Robbins