Nepal's Collective Journey Toward a Safer Future
through understanding and integrating disaster risk reduction into development investment, early warning, effective preparedness, and readiness to building back better

An International Conference on Experience of Earthquake Risk Management, Preparedness and Reconstruction in Nepal jointly organized by Ministry of Home Affairs (MOHA), National Reconstruction Authority (NRA), Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) and National Society for Earthquake Technology - Nepal (NSET)

18-21 June 2018, Kathmandu

Venue: Hotel Radisson, Lazimpat, Kathmandu, Nepal (June 18-20, 2018)
Field Trip (On invitation): Nuwakot Earthquake Reconstruction Site (June 21, 2018)


The conference is designed as a three-day event with a field trip to the reconstruction sites nearby Kathmandu Valley. The first day will be devoted to learning from the past in which important operators of earthquake risk management initiatives such as the government ministries, academia, private sector business, international development partners and UN system will deliberate on the works done so far, The second day, the conference will listen to exciting accounts of response to the Gorkha earthquake in terms for rescue and relief to early recovery, PDNA researches and development of approaches for reconstruction. A critical evaulation will help develop a consensus on the positive as well as negative learning which will pave way ahead for developing elements of Nepal's approaches, broad contents, and emphasis in the program of earthquake disaster risk management for Nepal. Nepal seeks to develop programs and refine strategies for the next 12 years based upon the lessons learned and national needs to achieve DRM targets of SFDRR by 2030.

We invite pertinent papers from experts and professionals from relevant fields.

1) Learning from the experiences of past 3 decades

The sessions will include efforts by government agencies, NSET and other Organizations and individuals.

Plenary: Keynote Presentations   » National Experiences on ERM
» International Experiences on ERM
» Initiatives and innovativeness of NSET’s long-term efforts

Four Parallel Technical Sessions as per SFDRR Four Priorities   » Nepal's journey from Yokohama to Sendai
» Earthquake Risk Management Technology for Developing World since 1988
» Udaypur to Gorkha Earthquake: Emergency Management and Response
» DRR Policy/Strategy
» Earthquake Technologies for Cities,Communities and Households
» Risk to Resilience: Paradigm Shift from Response to Mitigation

Four Parallel Panel Discussions Sessions to Develop Concensus on the Experience & Learning of the Past

2) Understanding the present

Under this theme, experiences of 2015 Gorkha Earthquake and Post- Earthquake Reconstruction will be discussed along with identified gaps and progress. Also, an exercise will be done to carve out a pathway of ERM for Nepal for the next decades in line with SFDRR, Paris Agreement and SDG goals.

Plenary: Keynotes   » Gorkha Earthquake What it Testified ?

Three Parallel Technical Sessions on How Gorkha Earthquake Tested Efficency of Policies, DRR Governace, Risk Reducaiton & Preparedness Efforts   » Experiences from Gorkha Earthquake: Emergency Management and Response
» Experiences from Gorkha Earthquake: Reconstruction
» Experiences from Gorkha Earthquake: Recovery

Two Parallel Technical Sessions: Debating the Experiences   » Type Design Vs Contractual Solution
» In Situ Vs Relocation in reconstruction
» Gorkha Earthquake Reconstruction: is it SLOW?
» Owner-Driven vs Regimental Construction

Plenary Session: Reconstruction to Sustainable Development   » Concensus on what worked and what didn't
» Attention from 31 devastated districts to 77 districts of Nepal
» Spreading learning of Reconstruction from Singha Durbar to Municipalities
» Responsibilities spreading from Mayor to Individual

3) Searching the future

Developing a consensus on ERM Strategy for Nepal and bring out a Consequences Resolution.

Plenary: Keynotes   » Potential Strategies and Priorities that could be suitable in Nepal. In the Light Up Global Frameworks, Advancements Science & Technologies

Four Parallel Technical Sessions as per SFDRR Four Priorities

Plenary Session:   » Presentation & Discussion on Draft ERM Strategy for Nepal for next decade and beyond including;
     • Vision, Mission and Objectives
     • Science & Technology for DRM
     • Institution building
     • Contextualizing DRM Principles to Federal System of Nepal
» Adoption of Conference Resolution & Closing

4) Evidencing the Facts from the Field on Building Back Better

One-day flield trip to witness an example of successful for earthquake recosntruction.



In the past decades since the M6.6 Udaypur earthquake of 1988, Nepal has done a great stride in Earthquake Risk Management: there have been tremendous progress in policy formulation, for example development and implementation of the National Building Code, ..

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Critically look back at what we all collectively did for Earthquake Risk Reduction & Preparedness in Nepal in the past decades in the Light of 2015 Gorkha Earthquake sequence..

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» Program at a glance
» First Circular
» Second Circular

Program Summary      Overall Schedule     |      Day 01: 18 June 2018     |     Day 02: 19 June 2018     |     Day 03: 20 June 2018

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