|Duration||29/01/2019 to 01/02/2019|
|Venue||Gujarat Institute of Disaster Management Campus, Behind PDPU, Village-Raysan, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India, Phone No: 0091 79 23275804|
|Language Of Event||English|
|Target Audience||Government policy makers and development practitioners representing Disaster Risk Management Agencies, Operational personnel involved in Damage and Loss Assessment after disasters in the SAARC Member States, Technical staff working with the agency dealing with Application of Remote Sensing and Geo spatial Technologies in the SAARC Member States.|
South Asia, by virtue of its unique geology, climate and socioeconomic vulnerabilities, is amongst the world’s multi-hazard hotspots. The sub-region bears the brunt of large-scale catastrophic disasters. Major population centers such as Kathmandu, Karachi, Kabul, New Delhi, Dhaka lie on key seismic fault lines or along coastal areas constantly buffeted by cyclones, floods, and storm surges. The latter extreme weather events will only increase in number and intensity due to the effects of climate change. Unplanned human settlements, unsafe building practices, and high population densities have further compounded the exposure and vulnerability of people and economies. As a result, earthquakes, cyclones, floods, tsunamis, droughts, and other disasters of every type and magnitude continue to consume lives, property, and livelihoods across the region.
Post-disaster recovery and reconstruction, following the building back better modality, assumes priority for SAARC Member States in pursuing resilience to disasters. A quick and reliable post-disaster impact assessment is important for timely recovery and reconstruction.
The assessment feeds directly into recovery planning, which aims to re-establish basic public services to normalize socio-economic conditions after disasters, as well as source capital investments for long-term reconstruction with Build Back Better approach as per the priority 4 of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR).
While countries in Asia-Pacific incur tremendous costs in the aftermath of a natural disaster, damage and loss assessments continue to be a challenging task due to limited access to real-time data and analytical tools and methods for quick assessments. A quick and reliable post-disaster impact assessment is important for timely recovery and reconstruction.
Innovations in space applications and geo-spatial modelling have dramatically improved the accuracy and availability of disaster data for damage and loss assessment. The application such technologies in assessment process improves the speed and accuracy of damage and loss assessments, thus helping governments in taking evidence-based quick decisions in the aftermath of a disaster.
The training programme will provide an opportunity to learn and enhance the knowledge to bridge emergency response, recovery and reconstruction activities more seamlessly, to enhance evidence-based decision-making for disasters, and promote the use of smart tools and technologies for early cost estimates of recovery and reconstruction