Abstract / Summary
The HEiKA IERA-Himal project successfully complete its first year achieving defined key milestones. Together with main stakeholders from international to local and from scientific to political entities, the project heads towards a fruitful next phase.
A main achievement in this phase of the project is the development of the Open Space Suitability Index for emergency shelter sites in Kathmandu. This was developed as a tool for emergency managers to identify “hot spots” for public shelter demand following a major earthquake in Kathmandu. Additionally, the emergency managers will be able to assess the suitability of the designated emergency shelter sites based on a set of criteria that include capacity, accessibility, access to services and environmental conditions.
Another key output of the project is the Risk and Resilience Scorecard for a multi-level evaluation of hazard prone communities in Nepal. The Scorecard was developed to assist communities to better understand circumstances that lead to earthquake disasters and to track progress of initiatives aimed at reducing earthquake risk at the sub-city scale of geography.
Both methods show, how the complementary expertise of the institutions involved harmonize and entail useful outcomes. Nevertheless, the IERA-Himal objectives are ambitious and need further investment. Hence the collaboration between SAI and CEDIM in the course of IERA-Himal will be continued and has sought and formalized additional partnerships with the Global Earthquake Model (GEM) Foundation and the Nepal Society for Earthquake Technology (NSET). The understanding how earthquakes, as natural drivers, affect dynamic and often highly vulnerable livelihoods within the context of rapid population growth and urbanization has been amplified and methods to assess these complex human-environmental interactions were given at hand. The analytic framework for an integrated risk assessment approach has been discussed in Kathmandu and showcased to a broader international audience.
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