Earthquake Safe Communities in Nepal

Sajag-Nepal: Preparedness and planning for the mountain hazard and risk chain in Nepal

Supporting Agency: NERC/Durham University

Sajag-Nepal: Preparedness and Planning for the Mountain Hazard and Risk Chain in Nepal (Jan 2020- Dec 2023)

Sajag-Nepal is a collaborative research project designed to make a significant difference to the ways in which residents, government, and the international community take decisions to manage Multi-Hazards and Systemic Risks.

This consortium will develop new fundamental data and evidence to underpin decision-making and establish pathways for getting the best possible information to those who need it. It will contextualize the contemporary multi-hazard and systemic risk landscape in Nepal, establish a new approach to national-scale strategic-planning for complex multi-based events, develop interdisciplinary science to better seasonal planning for monsoon-related multi-hazard events, and embedding multi-hazards and systemic risk in disaster preparedness and response. The programme will also support and develop a cohort of young researchers in Nepal who will help to shape disaster risk management in the future.

Sajag-Nepal consortium: The team consists of Nepali and international researchers and practitioners from a range of disciplines, including geoscience, social science, and the humanities. Followings are the consortium members:

• Universities of Durham, Northumbria, Oxford, and Bristol (UK),
• National Society for Earthquake Technology-Nepal (NSET),
• BBC Media Action - Nepal,
• Stiftelsen Flowminder,
• IFRC Nepal,
• Social Science Baha Nepal,
• Tribhuvan University (Nepal), and
• Universities of British Columbia (Canada), Auckland and Canterbury (New Zealand).

The project includes 4 work-packages:

(1) Think critically about the social, political, economic and environmental context within which disasters occur in Nepal;

(2) Establish a new approach to national-scale strategic- planning for complex multi- hazard events, including earthquakes, monsoons and landslides;

(3) Develop interdisciplinary science to anticipate, plan for, and communicate the range of hazards that occur during the annual monsoon; and

(4) Find the best ways to utilize local knowledge and interdisciplinary science to inform how to prepare for and respond to multi-hazard disasters.

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