Earthquake Safe Communities in Nepal

NSET completes 29 years of its journey

National Society for Earthquake Technology–Nepal (NSET) has marked 29 years of its journey with various sharing and learning events. NSET, established in 1993 with its mission to support enhance seismic safety of Nepali communities, observes the day on June 18 every year. This year, NSET marked the day as 'A Day to Reaffirm the Commitments to Disaster Resilience". NSET’s new Strategic Plan 2021-2030, that has revised its vision, mission and strategic objectives, envisions to contribute to build disaster resilience of Nepali communities. NSET, in Sep 2021, has launched 10 -Year Strategic Plan that has been prepared with a clear thirst and commitment for growth and efficiency in its overall performance and impact to the society. Owing to COVID-19 pandemic situation, NSET had marked occasion virtually in last two years, and this year, a formal event was organized at its office premises to mark the day.

Addressing the brief ceremony, NSET President Dr. Amod Mani Dixit shared the key achievements and learnings of the NSET in the past 29 years. Highlighting how NSET was conceived 29 years back, Dr. Dixit stated that NSET expanded its scope of work, from earthquake to multi-hazard, to make its activities coherent with the international priorities. “Although, NSET has broadened its scope of work, but it has not changed its approach as it will continue to move ahead with guidance and support from various tiers of governments, their departments and divisions,” Dr. Dixit remarked.

Mr. Surya Narayan Shrestha, NSET Executive Director, briefly highlighted need and context of crafting NSET’s new vision, mission and objectives. “After reviewing the NSET’s works, achievements and challenges faced in the period of past 3 decades, we have come up with new strategic plan envisioning Disaster Resilient Communities in Nepal by 2050,” Mr. Shrestha stated. He further highlighted the achievements and lessons of the past one year 2021-2022. "As of today, NSET has reached up to 66 districts nationally and 10 countries internationally. It has covered 51 Municipalities/Rural Municipalities, more than 350 schools and contributed in the safer construction of approximately 50,000 houses. Likewise, we have directly reached to 850 thousands people," he shared.

On the occasion, few of the invited guests also spoke and extended their wishes NSET for yet more impactful journey ahead.

Former Minister and DRR Expert Dr. Ganagalal Tuladhar congratulated NSET for nearly 3-decade long journey with numerous DRR initiatives and efforts. Dr. Tuladhar wished NSET for its expanded scope of works in the days ahead.

Deputy Director General of Department of Urban Development and Building Construction (DUDBC) Mr. Chakrawarti Kantha appreciated NSET's efforts on building technical capacity and enhancing safer construction practices in Nepal.

Member Secretary of Social Welfare Council Mr. Manoj Bhatta expressed happiness to witness NSET as an exemplary institution contributing to the safety and resilience of our communities. Mr. Santosh Gyawali from USAID appreciated NSET efforts and wished for NSET’s journey ahead to expand and reach out to many more communities to keep them safe from multiple hazards. Dr. Raju Thapa, Acting President of DPNet Nepal advised NSET to compile its knowledge and learnings for the benefit of researchers and DRR professionals.

On the occasion, NSET's General Secretary Mr. Shreeram Singh Basnet and Deputy Executive Director Dr. Ramesh Guragain also shared their experiences and impressions based on NSET’s decades long efforts.

To mark the day, in-house Ignite session was organized where NSET staff participated. Total 6 staff representing various NSET divisions shared their views on how they perceive NSET’s new strategic plan and how they see they could contribute to the cause.

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