Within the framework of the SARA project, GEM organized a workshop in Medellin on 12-14 March with the aim of involving risk scientists from across South America in a debate on the current status of risk assessment and to facilitate the development of models and datasets by leveraging upon GEM tools and methodologies.
The workshop was the first meeting concerning the risk component for the participants within the regional project, and the second in Colombia, a country which has been demonstrating great interest in being aligned with state-of-the-art tools and initiatives within the disciplines of earthquake risk reduction and management. During the meeting, the participants had the opportunity to apply the GEM taxonomy and the IDCT tools to their countries, and lively discussions regarding how to improve these GEM products took place. Two important stakeholders, Suramericana and Quito, declared that the workshop met their expectations to the point that a new workshop is planned in Quito for April/May 2015.
Within the scope of SARA, besides the continuation of the endeavors on exposure and vulnerability modeling in Colombia, Ecuador and Chile, additional collaborations are envisaged for other countries such as Venezuela and Peru.