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ADRRN Innovation Workshop held at NSET

One-Day Workshop has been held in Kathmandu with the view to explore and understand the ideas and ways for building in innovation in plan, program and practices of disaster risk reduction. Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network (ADRRN) in association with National Society for Earthquake Technology- Nepal (NSET) organized the workshop on March 24, 2017 at Hindole Hall, NSET, tailored to the ADRRN executive committee meeting in Nepal. A total of 30 participants from Nepal, India and Japan participated in the process.

Ms. Ikue Uchida, Mr. Jun Matsumoto and Mr. Takeshi Komino served as resource persons from ADRRN and other participants from SEEDS-India and NSET’s key staff from each divisions and programs as well as team of communication contributed to the workshop. The major objectives of the meeting were to document the innovations made by NSET and to discuss the prevailing issues that need innovative approach to address and their solutions.

Mr. Takeshi Komino of ADDRN Tokyo Innovation Hub (ATIH) stated that NSET is where science meets practice and, hence, serves as the best place to apply innovative approaches though it’s program. In the day-long workshop meeting participants raised several issues such as the requirement of appropriate technology required to preserve the traditional heritage, a need of good network of professional responders as well as implementation of effective awareness in the context of aftermath of Gorkha Earthquake 2015.

In the second half of the workshop session, participants were divided into four working groups to come up with innovative solutions to the selected burning issues using innovative approach. The group work focused on Importance/Difficulty Matrix, Problem Tree Analysis, Round Robin and Concept Poster.

At the end of workshop exercise, plans of action were made on three themes chosen in the meeting. Issues on incorporating disaster education in the curriculum, creating Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) data hub and developing safety culture in construction received a detailed layout of action items as a part of the work. NSET staff were encouraged to apply similar approach to come up with solution using similar innovative approach to other dozens of problems raised during earlier part of the workshop session.

In the closing remarks, Dr. Amod Mani Dixit, Executive Director of NSET emphasized that innovation is not new to Nepal and to the people in this region. Actually, the culture of innovation is is in-built in in our civilization. However, we should be always guided by the principle that innovation should be needful and be relevant in regards to serving the people at large.

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