Disaster Resilient Communities in Nepal by 2050

Need for and importance of seismic risk modeling and risk assessment highlighted

Issues related to seismic risk modeling and forecasting future risk have been discussed at the workshop on  "Forecasting and Communicating Earthquake Risk (FORCE)"  held in Kathmandu on Feb 24, 2023. Speakers at the program highlighted the need for and importance of seismic risk modeling and risk assessment in the context of Nepal.

The half-day workshop was jointly organized by National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority (NDRRMA), Global Earthquake Model (GEM) and NSET under the FORCE project with the support from USAID/BHA.

Addressing the workshop, Mr. Rameshwor Marhatta, Joint Secretary from NDRRMA highlighted the importance of joint efforts of government, partner agencies and civil society organizations in reducing the impending earthquake risks in Nepal. 

Mr. Santosh Gyawali from USAID/BHA shared that the technology brought in by GEM in Nepal would be of great help for the country. “As the earthquake risk reduction efforts including risk assessment works need to be done collectively and jointly, this initiative is expected to contribute much," Mr. Gyawali added. 

Mr. Surya Narayan Shrestha, Executive Director of NSET briefed on the objectives of the program and shared, "assessment of earthquake risk is extremely important for several purposes as it gives us ideas on how much there will be seismic force, damage caused, casualties and loss of assets in case there is an earthquake”.

Two presentations were shared on the occasion.

Ms. Catalina Yepes Estrada, Seismic Risk Modeller and Mr. Alejandro José Calderón Carpio, Seismic Risk Engineer from GEM jointly presented on "Need of Earthquake Risk Assessment and the FORCE project". 

Dr. Gopi Krishna Basyal from NSET briefly presented on “Earthquake Risk Assessment in Nepal”.

Following the presentation, a group discussion was organized where participants enquired queries and shared their feedback and suggestions on planned activities. There were a total of 41 participants from various institutions/organizations.


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