The Megacity Disaster Risk Management Knowledge Base or MEGA-Know documents, organizes, and illustrates DRM sound practices and systems, as well as the DRMMP process, in EMI’s 3cd partner cities. The purpose of this PDC and EMI initiative is to share and exchange relevant and useful DRM information among the world’s most complex and disaster-prone urban agglomerations. Conceived as a user-friendly eLearning tool, MEGA-Know helps to extend the use of sound practices and methods globally in order to achieve more effective risk reduction and mitigation options in megacities.
As of September 2006, MEGA-Know contains (1) 12 city profiles from megacities in Asia, Americas and the Euro-Mediterranean region, (2) 45 sound Practices in different areas of disaster risk management, (3) publications, discussion papers and fieldtrip reports, and (4) a Contact Directory of city officials and researchers involved in 3cd Program. The sound practices in the knowledge base are classified by city, category of practice, and hazard type. MEGA-Know is also equipped with an internal search engine to facilitate the retrieval of information by keywords. By 2007, 20 megacities in the EMI network are expected to be included in the knowledge base.