An earthquake of 5.5 degrees on the open Richter scale with a depth of 3.8 kilometers was felt in Bogota, a partner city of EMI and capital of Columbia, around 2:21 in the afternoon on 24 May 2008, without serious damage for the population of the Capital District.
As the rescue efforts continue in China after last Monday’s earthquake, Fouad Bendimerad, EMI Chairman of the Board and professional engineer in California specializing in earthquake engineering and disaster risk management, gives his point of view about building collapse and how to improve building resistance to earthquakes.
Led by the UN/ISDR Hyogo Office, the Regional Task Force on Urban Risk Reduction held its first meeting in Kobe on 23-24 January 2008, then met again in Bangkok on 15 February.
The Philippines was among the 16 big Asian cities that benefited from the sharing of knowledge and experience during the recent Asia Megacities Forum in Jakarta, Indonesia.
A panel session on managing disaster risk in cities was held at UCLG’s 2nd World Congress in Jeju, Korea, on 30 October 2007.
The proceedings of the first session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GO/DRR) is now available on the UN-ISDR website.
he Americas Megacities Forum 2007 (AmMF 2007) was officially opened on 19 September 2007 by Mr. Marcelo Ebrard Casaubon, Head of Mexico D.F. Government, and Dr. Fouad Bendimerad, Chairman of EMI.
EMI organized a panel session entitled “Coping with Disasters in Megacities and Complex Urban Areas” at the 7th IIASA/DPRI Forum on Integrated Disaster Risk Management (IDRiM) in Stresa, Italy on 19-21 September 2007.
At a meeting in Kobe, Japan, a consensus to launch a Global Forum on Urban and Megacities Risk was reached among a group of city associations. The Forum should focus its activities on bringing tools and commitment to cities on how to implement risk reduction measures to address the root causes of urban vulnerabilities and filling the current gaps in knowledge, policy, organization, and practice related to urban and megacities’ disaster risk reduction.
Although there has been a long silence from the DRM Knowledge Base team, we have been intensively working in the collection of City Profiles and Sound Practices.