Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)

Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)

Young people have a significant role to play in engaging in DRR planning at all levels, driving innovation and acting as the communicators and translators of new technology to the needs of the most vulnerable. The DRR team have three objectives in line with the WYN Mission and objectives:


  1. Promote networking, knowledge sharing and collaboration among young practitioners and researchers within and across generations, on water-related DRR;


  1. Collate, share and support innovative youth-led initiatives from local to global levels on water-related DRR;


  1. Support meaningful, science-informed youth engagement in water and DRR related policy design, implementation, monitoring and review through the UN Major Group of Children and Youth (link).


Figure 1: WYN DRR Team Objectives


Networking, knowledge sharing and collaboration

The WYN DRR team organised and collaborated on various networking, outreach and knowledge sharing events and sessions in 2017 including:

  • Future Earth Emergent Risks and Extreme Events, Knowledge Action Network, Tokyo, Nov 2017 – see more info here.
  • Strengthening DRR across the Americas – Regional Summit on the contribution of Earth observation, Argentina, Aug 2017 – read about WYN activities here.  
  • Interactive workshop in Integrated Flood Risk Management, UN MGCY Youth Forum, Global Platform on DRR, Cancun, May 2017 – see details here.
  • Capacity Building Workshop – Seeds for a Safer Tomorrow Toolkit, UN MGCY Youth Forum, Global Platform on DRR – see webinar and toolkit here.
  • Youth engagement at the International Conference on Multi-Hazard Early Warning Systems – see details here including poster and publication.
  • Young Scientists session at the United Kingdom Alliance for Disaster Research (UKADR) conference, London, Jan 2017.
  • Creative Disasters Networking Event with RADIX, London, Dec 2017 – read more here (link coming soon).  

Furthermore we support youth led scientific research and publications which share our knowledge to a wider audience. For example leading a collaborative publication on The Power of Networks  (link), contributions to the UN MGCY Science Policy Interface Publications – Urban Edition and DRR Edition (link), a poster at the MIT Water Summit 2016 (link), and a book chapter on DRR including Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) (link).


Supporting innovative youth led initiatives

We strive to collate existing youth initiatives and give them the recognition and support they deserve through our interactive YouKnow platform.

We have supported the following competitions that give young people opportunities to share and further their innovative ideas:

  • Global competition for youth led projects: Flood and Drought Special , see further information about the winners here.
  • Youth for Water and Climate, Global Water Partnership COP 22, see further information here.  
  • Urban Deltas competition for Habitat III, see further information here.  

The team has also supported local capacity building workshops on DRR, see example here for a workshop on flood and drought risk management conducted by Water for Life Cameroon

We also support youth led research projects at the local level. Read about the research conducted on the impacts of the El Nino in Kenya here.


Support meaningful, science-informed youth engagement in water and DRR related policy

The WYN DRR team have engaged in numerous policy related events and activities in connection with the United Nations Major Group of Children and Youth (UN MGCY).

  • WYN DRR team member acted as the co-chair of the UN MGCY Youth Forum at the Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction organising committee  – see final report here and video here .  
  • Youth island at GSTIG 2018 Connecting technological innovation to decision making for sustainability – read more about WYNs engagement here.
  • The WYN acted as one of the co-chairs of the Children and Youth Forum at the 3rd UN World Conference on DRR, see UN MGCY report here and journal publication here.
  • Supported establishing the UN MGCY Young Scientists Platform on DRR to enable stronger engagement of young scientists in DRR policy implementation, monitoring and review, see concept note here and young scientists roadmap here, launched at the UNISDR Science and Technology Conference.
  • WYN organised a youth consultation to support the HABITAT III process for the New Urban Agenda  and a session on DRR and CCA during the Children and Youth Assembly of the HABITAT III Conference for Sustainable Urban Development (link).

Furthermore WYN has engaged in the Conference on Youth (COY 13) in Bonn – read more about our session on ‘Youth actions for combating climate change and water challenges’ here.


DRR Coordinator

Miguel Angel Trejo Rangel


Miguel was born in Mexico, but he has also lived in Portugal, England, Germany, The Netherlands, Spain, Slovenia, and now in Brazil where he is a doctorate student at the Earth Science System Center of the National Institute for Space Research. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Sustainable Management of Coastal Areas by the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and an Erasmus Mundus master’s degree in Flood Risk Management. After his job, as a consultant at the National Water Commission of Mexico, he realized the importance to work not only with engineering, but also with social science in order to enhance Disaster Risk Reduction. He is an active member of WYN since 2017, and also a collaborator at the NGO México Sostenible. Miguel loves to travel, take photos and visit national parks.

His LinkedIn profile can be found here and his email address is m.trejo@wateryouthnetwork.org




DRR Co-coordinators

Javed Ali

Javed was born in a small village in the foothills of the Himalayas in Uttarakhand, India. He always found himself attracted to nature and this love of nature led him to pursue a career in water resources management. He is a Doctoral Researcher at CNRS – Institut des Géosciences de l’Environnement, Université Grenoble Alpes in France. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Engineering (specialization in Water Resource Engineering) and an Erasmus Mundus Master’s degree in Flood Risk Management. He worked with Resurgence (London) and GFDRR, World Bank as an Open Modelling and Urban Flooding Consultant on a project “Design for Impact Framework: Integrating Open Data and Risk Communication for Decision Making”. He worked as Research Lead on OpenDRI Initiative Projects and Risk Modelling and Communication Projects and he was Lead Author for Risk Modelling, Visualization, and Communication Projects. He worked with Climate-KIC (the EU’s main climate innovation initiative) in the Netherlands as Research Lead on a project in Municipality of Bunnik. He also worked as a Technical Advisor at Empresa Mixta Valenciana de Aguas S.A., Global Omnium, Valencia (Spain) during August-September 2017. He is an active member of the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and IWRM Thematic Groups of the Water Youth Network since February 2017. He has been involved in various knowledge sharing and advocacy projects such as the YouKnoW! Project as Focal Point of Database Management and has co-organized many international events with WYN. Javed loves travelling, reading, hiking, capturing photos and making people laugh.

His LinkedIn profile can be found here and his email address is j.ali@wateryouthnetwork.org


Nhilce Nahomi Esquivel Gomez


Nhilce was born in a small Caribbean city in the Southeast of Mexico called Chetumal. Regarding her studies, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a Masters degree in Flood Risk Management.  Though at the beginning of her professional career she started working in the construction sector, soon later she had the chance to work as a junior hydraulic engineer in the private sector and then for the federal government. These experiences fostered her interest in hydrometeorological phenomena, risk management and hydrology and made her realize that the water sector was where she fancied to work. From 2014 to 2016 she lived in Europe while studying the Masters and got to know enthusiastic young people who wanted to empower other young professionals and build a better work. They all were part of WYN, so soon after finishing her master in 2016, she enrolled in the IWRM and DRR groups. Currently Nhilce is working as external hydrologist consultant for the National Water Commision in Mexico, and collaborates as Regional Focal Point in the Americas for the UN MGCY. Nhilce loves travelling, practicing yoga, writing and telling stories.

Her LinkedIn profile can be found here and his email address is n.esquivel@wateryouthnetwork.org

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