Doctor of the Ecole des Mines de Paris, hydrologist and expert in the development of strategies for the resilience of territories to flood risk, Emma Haziza has taught for more than 10 years in the main Masters and engineering schools on flood risk management in France (University of Montpellier 2, University of Nîmes, ENPTE, ENGREF, Ecole des Mines, Ecole Polytechnique, etc). It has trained various types of actors and decision-makers, from mayors to departmental prefects, including ministries.
She has also been an international lecturer for the past 15 years and represents the flood and climate change adaptation referent in France on all the major French radio and TV media (RFI, France 24, BFM, Canal +, France Inter, France Info, etc.). She has covered the last two major floods of the Seine in 2016 and 2018 or the repeated droughts since 2014 in France, offering a key to the general public on these societal issues.
From the hydro-meteorology of flooding phenomena to the human organisation of crisis management, Emma Haziza seeks to develop preventive strategies and analyses the possible optimisation levers to better cope with climatic extremes and thus enable adaptation.
His work has thus led him to find himself at the interface between different groups of actors involved in the management of hydro-meteorological risks in France. This contact with the operational and decision-making world has made him aware of the need to integrate research knowledge into concrete actions on the ground aimed at reducing the vulnerability of exposed areas and increasing the resilience of populations. It is in this context that she decided in 2010 to create Mayane, a multidisciplinary research-action centre aiming to provide solutions to increase the resilience and adaptation capacities of territories.
Finally, Emma Haziza is passionate about education and is aware of the need to implement strong awareness-raising actions for children in schools. At the end of 2009, she decided to found Mayane Association, an association under the French law of 1901 dedicated to raising awareness in schools about the risk of flooding, droughts, water saving and adaptation to climate change. This association, which is recognised as being in the public interest and complementary to the national education system, has now trained nearly 65,000 children.
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