Workshop on Application of Technology in Disaster Risk Reduction

13 Oct - 26 Oct 2019; Urumqi, Xinjiang, the PRC

The CAREC Institute in cooperation with the Xinjiang Institute for Ecology and Geography will deliver a workshop on “Application of Technology in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)” during 13-26 October 2019 in Urumqi.

The workshop will bring together leading experts, decision makers, policy makers, and policy influencers of the Central Asian countries and the PRC to engage in regional knowledge sharing, policy dialogue, and explore a collective way forward to tackle issues of natural disasters using available technologies. The audience will include mid- to senior-level government officials, experts and professionals associated with the Ministries of Emergency Situations, Hydro-Meteorological Bureaus and Civil Affairs Agencies as well as academics and researchers from relevant research institutions and university faculties.

The CAREC countries comprise a large mass of mountain ranges, from Pamir to HinduKush to the Caucasus. The area is prone to earthquakes, landslides, drought, and floods aggravated by the climate change. As a result, the CAREC countries face increasing challenges of natural disasters collectively. To reduce the risks of natural disasters, there is a need not only for stronger regional cooperation but also for enhanced technical and technological capabilities.

The participants will be introduced to the role of technology application in disaster risk reduction with the focus on types of areas prone to nature disasters and regional mechanism of analysis; how to established effective DRR systems; evaluation and standardization of DRR capabilities; remote sensing monitoring technology and its application in hazard assessment and early warning; application of satellite technologies and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV); disaster data processing and analysis; model and simulation of floods, droughts and debris flow; disaster risk assessment; construction of DRR information system; early warning systems; and possible measures to prevent and reduce disasters.

The workshop will aim at setting up a platform for technical knowledge exchange, lessons learned, and best practices on disaster risk reduction; developing further capacity; and strengthening cooperation among experts and policy makers on disaster risk management issues.