The success of GEM stems from its very own global collaborative nature. GEM is all about people with a passion for contributing to the mitigation of seismic risk and keen on collaborating across sectors, geography, and disciplines. GEM is a forum able to connect academia, scientists, professionals, policy-makers, international organisations and the private sector; sharing GEM mission and leveraging science for the benefit of society. GEM deliverables are the result of global scientific collaboration, and it is through regional partnerships that the GEM mission and implementation is fully realised. By providing a common understanding of risk, GEM becomes the critical link in creating successful resilient partnerships between policy-makers, the private sector, and scientists.
Information is an essential precursor to risk reduction and risk mitigation, but only if it is available to all stakeholders. By creating resources that inspire sponsorship by both public and private sectors, we also benefit a broad range of stakeholders, from non-profit to commercial, bringing a once-scarce resource to all sectors and beneficiaries. By making risk assessment inclusive, despite its complexity, we create a culture of awareness and resilience.
During its first Working Programme 2009-2013, GEM has invested significantly in the development of all critical elements for risk assessment, including the development of global databases, global best practice and globally applicable tools for risk modeling and risk communication. A major component of this phase is the development and release of the OpenQuake platform v1.0 and related tools allowing stakeholders worldwide to work together to assess risk and thereby support risk understanding, awareness, mitigation and management.
GEM 2014-2018 Working Programme will look at options for leveraging the OpenQuake platform and the knowledge created, supporting a worldwide community to carry out hazard and risk assessment and sharing their outputs and knowledge through the platform, and increasing its value. It will also focus more on expanding regional collaboration, knowledge sharing and technology transfer.