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Dangerous Landscapes – Re-Thinking Environmental Risk in Low-Income Communities

November 27-29, 2017 Herrenhausen Palace (Schloss Herrenhausen), Hannover, Germany

The conference “Dangerous Landscapes” will examine emerging approaches 
to disaster risk reduction in low-income communities. It views landscape not only
as a source of threat but also as a potential remedy. Sidestepping more established
measures that rely on costly hard infrastructures, the conference will address more 
integrative and affordable forms of risk reduction. The conference includes a range 
of actors involved in disaster risk management: activists, urbanists, engineers and 

"Dangerous Landscapes" is part of the Herrenhausen Conference Series initiated by the Volkswagen Foundation. The steering committee is chaired by Christian Werthmann (Institute for Landscape Architecture) and consists of Ulrike Grote(Institute for Environmental Economics and World Trade) and Jörg Dietrich(Institute for Water Resources Management) as members of the TRUST Research Initiative (Transdisciplinary Rural Development Studies) at the Leibniz University of Hannover, and Miho Mazereeuw (Director of Urban Risk Lab at MIT) and Claudio Acioly (Head of Capacity Building at UN-Habitat) as international partners. The conference establishes a further link to a series of conferences initiated by the Informal Urbanism Hub as part of the UN-Habitat University Initiative (UNI).


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