The Earthquakes and Megacities Initiative (EMI) continues its partnership with the Quezon City Government and the Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management Foundation Inc. (OML Center).
Last Thursday, September 24, 2015, the first in a series of trainings to support capacity building for mainstreaming disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in Risk Sensitive Land Use Planning was held at the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office in the Quezon City Hall.
The first training session focused on Geographic Information Systems (GIS) tools, software and practices. It was attended by representatives from the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, City Planning and Development Office, Department of Building Official, Engineering Department, Environment Protection and Waste Management Department, Social Services Development Department and Health Department of Quezon City.
Lectures on the introduction to GIS; Hazards, Vulnerability and Risk Analysis and its use in Planning; Climate Change Hazards and Impacts; and how GIS is utilized and incorporated in DRR-CCA and RSLUP composed the first posture of the training session. The second posture of the half-day training was a hands-on session on using GIS open source software in visualizing and processing available QC data. Participants were also provided a module of the lectures and exercises to further support their training.
The objectives such as to gain basic understanding of hazard, vulnerability and risk assessment; to be aware of the hazard and exposure of Quezon City; and to familiarize visualization tools for hazard mapping using GIS were met along with the expected outputs and outcomes of the project.
The next training session by EMI and OML is scheduled in October 2015.