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Interactive seminar held in Lalitpura on applicability of Global Earthquake Hazard and Risk Models in Nepal

An interactive seminar on "Potential Applicability of Global Earthquake Hazard and Risk Models in Nepal" was held at NSET auditorium hall in Lalitpur on March 22, 2019. The seminar was jointly organized by The Global Earthquake Model (GEM) Foundation and NSET.

The seminar saw the participation of 25 people representing government, academic institutions and civil society organizations in Nepal including Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA), Department of Urban Development and Building Construction (DUDBC), Institute of Engineering (IOE), Nepal Geological Society, Society of Nepalese Architects (SoNA), Department of Geology, Tribhuvan University, Nepal Government, Survey Department, Department of Mine and Geology, Kathmandu Metropolitan City, Lalitpur Metropolitan City, Build Change and NSET among others.

During the seminar, Mr. Vitor Silva, Risk Coordinator and Mr. Anirudh Rao, Risk Analyst from The Global Earthquake Model (GEM) Foundation made the presentation on functionality, approaches, objectives and accomplishments of GEM in addition to briefing about various disaster risk and seismic evaluation models developed by it.

Various participants have also put forth their views opinions and raise questions on the occasion regarding the applicability of the hazard/risk models during the seminar that was facilitated by Mr. Surya Narayan Shrestha, Executive Director of NSET.

The interactive session was concluded with the remarks from Mr. Bednidhi Khanal, Under Secretary at National Emergency Operation Center(NEOC), Ministry of Home Affairs. Mr. Khanal vowed to work jointly and closely with GEM and apply the various seismic evaluation tools in Nepal developed by the GEM.


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