Nepal Workshop on Sharing SDI Research on Disaster Management

Report on International Workshop on Role of Land Professionals and SDI in Disaster Risk Reduction: In the Context of Post 2015 Nepal Earthquake and Pre-Conference Event – Sharing SDI Research on Disaster Management
25-27 November 2015, Kathmandu, Nepal

Nepal SDI WorkshopOn behalf of the GSDI Association, the Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety (CDMPS) and the Centre for Spatial Data Infrastructures and Land Administration (CSDILA) at the University of Melbourne, Dr. Katie Potts, a Research Associate, attended the pre-conference workshop and delivered a presentation on the topic of ‘The Next Generation of Disaster Management’, as well as participated in a panel discussion on the topic of sharing SDI research for disaster management applications. The pre-conference event was held at Kathmandu University and was attended by a number of keen and interested geomatics students from the University, the Nepal Land Department, and other organizations from across Nepal.

Following the pre-conference event, Dr. Potts attended the main conference event held in Kathmandu Valley for Day 1 and 2 of the event. During the first day, the opening ceremony was held, as well as the first keynote session, followed by 3 parallel streams of technical sessions. The SDI Development technical session was chaired by Dr. Potts. The second day began with a plenary session followed by industry exhibitions and presentations.

The main objective of the conference event was to exploit the international expertise on SDI and Land Administration to enhance and improve current disaster risk reduction efforts in Nepal and related environments. The themes of the conference were: strengthening professional education, opportunities for SDI development, and roles of land professionals and SDI in DRR. Many of the presentations from across the first two days focused on technology – and its role in disaster management situations, lessons learned from the 2015 Nepal earthquake event, and methods to better prepare for disaster situations as land professionals to reduce to impact for future events. Interesting discussions were held and many relevant questions raised to develop some strong outcomes for land professionals, SDI and their role in all phases of disaster management.

See also: Pre-conference Event Held on Sharing SDI Research on Disaster Risk Reduction
http://ku.edu.np/news/index.php?op=ViewArticle&articleId=1383&blogId=1

For more details about the affiliated organisations please visit:

• GSDI Association: http://www.gsdiassociation.org

• Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety (CDMPS): http://www.cdmps.org.au

• Centre for Spatial Data Infrastructures and Land Administration (CSDILA):
http://www.csdila.unimelb.edu.au

• The University of Melbourne: http://www.unimelb.edu.au