Training and Communication for Earthquake Risk Assessment

TREQ

Background

The TREQ Project is designed to demonstrate how earthquake hazard and risk assessment can inform decision makers in the development of risk reduction policies, as well as how earthquake risk can be properly communicated to stakeholders and the public in general.

 

Previous efforts by GEM during the last six years focused on the assessment of seismic hazard and risk in South America (SARA) and the Caribbean and Central America (CCARA). These projects resulted in open hazard, exposure, and vulnerability information and models that have been used extensively to estimate seismic hazard, and the economic and human losses in the region.

 

Despite these encouraging developments in the region, there is the need to leverage national datasets and models to develop detailed hazard and risk assessments at the urban level that can be used directly to design disaster risk reduction measures, along with the need to continuously improve local capacity to assess seismic risk and to consider other factors contributing to the overall impact (e.g. damage to infrastructure and secondary hazards).

This program is organized in two main parts: 1) seismic hazard and risk assessment at urban scale in the LAC region, and 2) improvement of training, educational and commutation material.

 

The goal of the first part is to develop capacity for urban earthquake risk assessment in Latin America, to enhance the understanding of earthquake risk, and to bridge the gap between risk assessment and disaster risk reduction. This initiative will focus on three major urban centres: Quito (Ecuador), Cali (Colombia), and Santiago de los Caballeros (Dominican Republic).

 

The second part of this program will produce training, educational and communication materials that will enhance the understanding of earthquake risk worldwide. The outcomes from the educational and training material will be tested during the outreach events from the first part, and in additional events in South-East Asia and Europe (involving experts from African countries).

Objectives and Expected Outputs

Location

In the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region Quito (Ecuador), Cali (Colombia), and Santiago de los Caballeros (Dominican Republic) are selected as the case study urban centres. For the training, educational and communication events, an additional two locations will be explored in Indonesia (Banding) and Africa (to involve experts from Africa).

Location

In the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region Quito (Ecuador), Cali (Colombia), and Santiago de los Caballeros (Dominican Republic) are selected as the case study urban centres. For the training, educational and communication events, an additional two locations will be explored in Indonesia (Banding) and Africa (to involve experts from Africa).

Collaborators

Ecuador

  • Municipalidad de Quito

  • Escuela Politécnica Nacional (EPN)

  • Instituto Geofísico (IG)

 

Dominican Republic

  • Servicio Geológico Nacional (SGN)

  • Oficina Nacional de Evaluación Sísmica y Vulnerabilidad de Infraestructuras y Edificaciones (ONESVIE)

  • Comité Técnico Nacional (CTN)

 

Colombia

  • Servicio Geológico Colombiano (SGC)

  • Departamento Administrativo de Planeación Municipal (DAPM), Cali

  • Corporación OSSO, Cali

  • Univesidad EAFIT, Medellin

 

Costa Rica

  • Univesidad de Costa Rica (UCR)

Funding partner

United States Agency for International Development

The United States Agency for International Development is an independent agency of the United States federal government that is primarily responsible for administering civilian foreign aid and development assistance.

Duration

2019 - 2021

Beneficiaries

This Program targets a wide spectrum of stakeholders, which can be categorized into four main groups: decision-makers/ public authorities, practitioners/engineers, researchers/ academia, and the general public.

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