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International Workshop on Building A Regional Framework for Earthquake Risk Management

New Delhi: November 7,2012

The Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of External Affairs are jointly hosting the International “EAS-India Workshop 2012: Building a Regional Framework for Earthquake Risk Management” on November 8-9, 2012 in New Delhi, as a follow up of the announcement made by the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh at the 6th East Asia Summit (EAS) held in Indonesia in November last year regarding India’s intention to host an EAS Workshop on Disaster Management in 2012.

The Workshop will be attended by the Officials of the National Disaster Management Authorities of 18 East Asia Summit (EAS) Member countries including India. Delegates from International Organizations and Officials and experts from various Ministries, States, Technical Institutions etc. from India will also participate in the Workshop.

The main objectives of the two day Workshop is to bring all EAS member countries together to discuss capacity building using national response mechanisms; exchange views on regional response mechanisms following a major earthquake in the region; discuss issues pertaining to the countries in the region to enable development of regional approach towards coordination of logistics, response, rescue, relief and recovery to minimize the impact on lives and assets. The workshop is also aimed at seeking synergies through increased dialogue and stakeholders participation at the regional level for sharing best practices and evolve a roadmap towards development of a regional emergency response to post earthquake scenarios on establishment of clear channels of communication for international assistance. Evolving strategy for training, capacity development and knowledge sharing in disaster management and disaster risk reduction; development of institutional framework for post-earthquake response and coordination in the region and way forward for strengthening collaboration between research and knowledge-based institutions in the region are also being discussed in the Workshop.

Union Home Minister Shri Sushilkumar Shinde will inaugurate the Workshop on November 08, 2012 and the closing ceremony will be attended by Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Mullappally Ramachandran.


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