ALMATY, May 11, 2021 – Today is the opening day of the "Towards a regionally-consistent exposure database for Central Asia: characterizing buildings, crops and infrastructure in Kazakhstan" workshop which will span across four half-days until 14 May and held in a virtual format with lectures and hands-on sessions. Over 60 policy makers, experts, and practitioners from Ministries of Kazakhstan as well as national and regional research and academic institutions, European Union Delegations, World Bank task teams, and other international development partners will be participating.
The main objective of the workshop is to prepare the ground for the development of a homogenized database of structures, infrastructure and crops assets exposed to potentially devastating natural hazards, such as earthquakes, floods and landslides, which are common occurrences in this region. It constitutes the stepping-stone for a robust risk assessment study whose findings will eventually underpin the identification of effective risk mitigation strategies for Central Asian countries. The event will cover existing methodologies for the development of regional-scale exposure database, emphasize the importance of optimal exploitation of all available datasets with different spatial scales, and comprise remote-sensing and national-scale data sources. Special emphasis will be placed on proposed methods to overcome challenges and achieve data harmonization between Kazakhstan and neighboring countries.
This is the first of a series of five country-based workshops on exposure assessment in Central Asia to be held in the frame of the “Regionally consistent risk assessment for earthquakes and floods and selective landslide scenario analysis for strengthening financial resilience and accelerating risk reduction in Central Asia” project, implemented by an international consortium of experts led by RED (Risk Engineering + Development). The remaining four workshops will be organized in the coming months focusing on Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, respectively.
The project is part of the European Union-funded Program “Strengthening Financial Resilience and Accelerating Risk Reduction in Central Asia”, managed by the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) and implemented by the World Bank in close collaboration with the Center for Emergency Situations and Disaster Risk Reduction (CESDRR). With these workshops the European Union and the World Bank support Central Asian countries in enhancing regional coordination and maximising the impact of national efforts in disaster risk management.
For additional information, please contact:
Ms Chyi-Yun Huang for the World Bank in Central Asia, email@example.com,
+1 202 473 55 61
Ms. Elnura Abakanova, Communications officer, EU Delegation to Kazakhstan: firstname.lastname@example.org