Posted on 2021-05-03

GCU holds international webinar on - Disaster Risk Reduction

The Government College University Lahore Disaster Risk Management Society (GCU-DRMS) has organized a one-day international webinar on "Disaster Risk Reduction" in collaboration with the University of Peshawar and Jacksonville State University, USA. The webinar, chaired by Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr Asghar Zaidi, focused on strategies for disaster risk reduction including policies framework and mitigation.
Dr. Alessandra Jerolleman from the Jacksonville State University and Dr Atta-ur-Rahman from the University of Peshawar addressed the webinar and talked about the working of the SENDAI framework that focuses on disaster risk reduction. This framework follows four major steps i.e., understanding disaster, strengthening the governance, investing in resilience strategies and enhancement of disaster preparedness
Dr Atta-ur-Rehman shed light on flood disasters and mitigation strategies with special reference to the North-Western Region of Pakistan. He elaborated on the flood disasters situation in the Kabul River and also discussed the case study of Nowshera. He suggested structural and non-structural mitigation strategies such as investment and guided hit spurs respectively.
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr Asghar Zaidi congratulated the GCU-DRMS and collaborating universities for the successful proceedings of the event. He also discussed old-age vulnerabilities. The participating departments from GC University included Geography, English Literature, Political Science, Economics, Zoology, History, Urdu, Chemistry, Physical Education, MBBS, BAF, CDPM Disaster Management, Mathematics, Physics, and IT. The International Audience in the webinar was from China, Malaysia, Turkey, the USA, and India.
Mr. Sahibzad Khan, the Chief Meteorologist of the Pakistan Meteorological Department, also attended the webinar. The closing remarks were given by Dr. Shakeel Mahmood, the Chairperson of the Department of Geography.

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