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NSET joins IRDR Family as a New ICoE

National Society for Earthquake Technology – Nepal (NSET) has now become a new International Centre of Excellence (ICoE) to join the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) family. The IRDR Scientific Committee (SC), at its recent 16th meeting on November 30, 2016, convened in Sanya, China unanimously approved NSET as a new ICoE. IRDR inducted total four ICoEs this time, including the Chinese University of Hong Kong for Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response (CCOUC) from Hong Kong, Disaster Risk and Climate Extremes from Malaysia and Spatial Decision Support for Integrated DRR from Netherlands.

Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) is a decade-long research programme co-sponsored by the International Council for Science (ICSU), the International Social Science Council (ISSC), and the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). It is a global, multi-disciplinary approach to dealing with the challenges brought by natural disasters, mitigating their impacts, and improving related policy-making mechanisms.

IRDR International Centres of Excellence (ICoEs), established through the IRDR Scientific Committee (SC) and the relevant National Committee (NC) provide regional and research foci for the IRDR programme. ICoE research programmes embody an integrated approach to Disaster Risk Reduction that directly contributes to the ICSU/IRDR Science Plan for Integrated Research on Disaster Risk and its objectives, as well as the IRDR Strategic Plan (2013-2017).

“The SC found that the proposal for the new ICoE-NSET had outlined an appropriate plan of action; they also applauded the proposers for a well-designed consortium with partners showing clear complementarity of expertise. The SC was pleased to see links already identified to IRDR’s strategic objectives and Research Working Groups and encouraged the new ICoE to continue to strengthen links between science and policy” mentions Prof. Dr. Rajib Shaw, Executive Director of IRDR in the Letter issued.

On the occasion, the International Training Workshop on Strengthening Science Capacities for Sustainable Development and Disaster Risk Reduction was organized by CAS-TWAS Centre of Excellence on Space Technology for Disaster Mitigation (SDIM), jointly with “Digital Belt and Road” Initiative (DBAR), Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) International Programme Office (IPO), IRDR China National Committee (IRDR CHINA), Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth (RADI), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in Sanya, China, during 27 Nov - 3 Dec, 2016.

With the view to strengthen science capacities for sustainable development and disaster risk reduction under the Digital Belt and Road Initiative, a side event of the Consultative Workshop of DBAR Regional Research Platform for DRR held in the RADI Sanya Campus on 1-2 December, 2016. The consultative workshop discussed training mechanism on DRR (e.g. training workshop), the potential needs and priorities under the DBAR-Disaster project, and the need of a regional research strategy to bridge the gap between science and policy/decision making. Also, Dr. Amod Mani Dixit from NSET has been appointed as a Member of the DBAR Disaster Working Group for 2017-2019.

-Information & Picture Sources: IRDR, Prof. Dr. Rajib Shaw, NSET Communications

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