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Towards a Palestinian strategy for disaster risk reduction and the empowerment of the Palestinian society and its institutions to be resilient in disasters and within the activities of SASPARM Project in Palestine The Centre for Urban Planning and Disaster Risk Reduction, An-Najah National University, and in cooperation with the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, organized a workshop entitled: “Seismic Risk Mitigation in Palestine”

16/07/2014 11:44:00


On Wednesday 16 July the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics held a workshop on “Seismic Risk ReductioninPalestine”. Mr. Afif Abdulaziz, Acting Director of the Bureau and Assistant Director for Support Services, welcomed Dr. Jalal Dabbeek, Director of the Centre, and Mr. Wasif Erekat, Chairman of the National Commission for Disaster Risk Mitigation, thanking them on their efforts in providing help to Palestinian institutions, particularly in regards to seismic awareness.
 
 

Dr. Dabbeek gave a general introduction about the risks of earthquakes and losses that may arise from them, the main factors controlling these risks and losses, how to evaluate and generally analyse disasters’ risks, and earthquakes’ risks in particular. In addition, he explained the factors that control the process of risks’ management. He also introduced “The Earthquake Risk Reduction Project in Palestine (SASPARM)”, which is being carried out by An-Najah in cooperation with the European Earthquake Engineering Center (EUCENTRE) and IUSS Institute in Pavia, Italy, within European projects (FP7).
 
 
He explained the key elements controlling losses, the use of pre-assessment and analysis of disaster risks generally, and earthquakes particularly, in addition to explaining the factors that control the management process of these risk, He also introduced “The Earthquake Risk Reduction Project in Palestine (SASPARM)”, which is being carried out by An-Najah in cooperation with the European Earthquake Engineering Center (EUCENTRE) and IUSS Institute in Pavia, Italy, within European projects (FP7).
 
 
 
 Dr. Dabbeek also introduced “The Earthquake Risk Reduction Project in Palestine (SASPARM)”. He explained how the history of earthquakes, the reasons for their occurrence and extent of their impact on Palestine and neighbouring areas. He went on to describe the region and the possibility of exposure to earthquakes in the future, including the Richter scale, as well as identifying centres/ epicenter of these earthquakes. Furthermore, he gave an overview of the types of buildings in Palestine, which are considered vulnerable to earthquakes, how to prepare risk maps, and how to conduct a rapid assessment of the damage to infrastructure after a disaster, describing the various classifications of damages that are used in accordance with the European Union EMS. 98.
During the latter part of the lecture, Dr. Dabbeek reviewed the priorities for action in accordance with the  Hyogo Frame work for action for the period between (2005-2015), including a Pan-Arab strategy to reduce the risks of disasters (2011-2020). It forms part of the campaign for World Disaster Reduction entitled "Enabling Cities to Cope With Disasters, also he explained the element keys to build the resilient of nations and communities to disasters.
 
 
 
He also gave details to the students about the numbers of publications related to public awareness, prevention and configuration procedures before, during and after an earthquake, and where to find these bulletins, lectures and training courses: available of the SASPARM website.
 
. At the end of theworkshop Dr. Dabeek answered questions from delegates.
 



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