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The GEM Foundation is a non-profit, public-private partnership that drives a global collaborative effort to develop scientific and high-quality resources for transparent assessment of earthquake risk and to facilitate their application for risk management around the globe.

Assisted by an initiative of the OECD's Global Science Forum, GEM was formed in 2009 as a non-profit foundation in Pavia, Italy, funded through a public-private sponsorship with the vision to create a world that is resilient to earthquakes and other natural hazards.

Through global partnerships, GEM’s mission is to:

  • continue to be the world’s official, most complete source of earthquake risk resources and a globally accepted standard for risk assessment;

  • ensure that GEM products find application in catastrophe risk management worldwide;

  • become a global leader in integrated, multi-hazard risk assessment and resilience planning.


GEM builds capacity to assess and manage risk through open, transparent and collaborative seismic risk assessment at local, national, regional and global scales. Using state-of-the-art tools, GEM is committed to share and advocate open, reliable earthquake risk information to support sound disaster risk-reduction planning at various levels.


Open data, open software, transparent processes, freely accessible to the public


Public-private partnership, inclusiveness, working together across geographies and disciplines

Heart & Hands


Commitment to scientific credibility, trusted by local and global partners and peers

Public Good

Motivated by the welfare of the public, works to serve the public good

Core Values

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