[Webinar] Advancing the Seismic Resilience Agenda in India


Earthquakes have resulted in the deaths of more people than any other natural hazards in India. 59% of lands and 79% of population (1.07 billion) are at moderate to severe earthquake risk due to unplanned and unregulated urban development. The country has imminent risk of great earthquakes in Himalayas in addition to intraplate events. The Government of India has renewed its commitment to advance the seismic resilience of the country over the next decade in partnership with the World Bank. Currently, the Government is designing the proposed Comprehensive National Earthquake Risk Mitigation Project which invests in a series of diverse activities from improving the resilience of buildings and infrastructure; Early Warning System; governance, policies and institutional capacities; community resilience; risk financing strategy for both public and private entities including adaptive social protection that serves as a safety net for the communities. The recently experienced swarms of small-scale seismic events around the NCR & Delhi, North Eastern states, J&K and Ladakh, western Gujarat and western Maharashtra have caught attention of the academic, media as well as the public. While a focused attention is given on a potential a high-intensity event in the context of COVID-19, and rightly so, this is also an opportune time to discuss the long-term strategy needed to address the seismic risks overall in the country. The webinar will share ongoing dialogue on the seismic resilience agenda in India through interactive discussions with the panel. During this session, leading expert group of government officials, private practitioners and academia from India will share their plans to support this agenda from different angles. The session will be enriched by an international speaker, Dr. Kit Miyamoto, who will share advanced global seismic resilience practices which has proven to be successful to protect people and assets from seismic risks. At the end of the session, speakers will exchange views with the audience. Speakers: Chair: Junaid Kamal Ahmad, Country Director for India, The World Bank Speakers: • Sandeep Poundrik, Joint Secretary (Mitigation), National Disaster Management Authority, India • Alpa Sheth, Structural Consultant; Fellow, Indian National Academy of Engineering • Prof. Sudhir Jain, Director, Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar • Kit Miyamoto, California Seismic Safety Commissioner Moderator Abhas K. Jha, Practice Manager, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management, The World Bank

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