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Heritance Kandalama near Dambulla was the setting for a major international conference on the development of societal resilience to natural and human induced disasters. Professor Dilanthi Amaratunga and Dr Richard Haigh as Conference Chairs welcomed over 75 international and 50 Sri Lankan academics, practitioners, professionals and policy makers concerned with interdisciplinary approaches to disaster risk reduction, and the development of sustainable communities and cities. The conference had a particular focus on the challenges associated with reconstruction of communities in a post-war environment. The conference programme incorporated keynote addresses by respected government officials, leading industrialists and implementers, and distinguished local and international academics. The conference was organised by the Centre for Disaster Resilience, School of the Built Environment, University of Salford, UK and RMIT University, Australia, in association with UNDP Sri Lanka and the Disaster Management Center, Ministry of Disaster Management, the Central Environmental Authority, and the Ministry of Environment. The local organisers and hosts were Chamber of Construction Industry Sri Lanka, University of Moratuwa, University of Peradeniya, and University of Colombo. Comments from delegates include: "I had the most wonderful time attending the conference that was very well organized"; "International Conference on Building Resilience is one of the most well organized conferences I attended as a local delegate.
Presentations were extremely important and I was really had a great knowledge experience from that".

Further details about the conference can be found out by visiting www.buildresilience.org

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