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AASSA-NAS KR Workshop on 11-13 October, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
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AASSA-NAS KR Workshop

on

“Science, State Structures and Public – Joint Efforts to Reduce the Risks and Consequences of Earthquakes”

 

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

11-13 October 2017

 

Jointly Organized by:

Association of Academies and Societies of Sciences in Asia (AASSA) and 

National Academy of Sciences, Kyrgyz (NAS KR)

 

Supported by:

InterAcademy Partnership (IAP)

 

The AASSA – NAS KR Workshop on “Sscience, State Structures and Public – Joint Efforts to Reduce the Risks and Consequences of Earthquakes” was held by the National Academy of Sciences of the Kyrgyz Republic, Bishkek, from October 11 to 13, 2017. The Workshop was organized by the National Academy of Sciences of the Kyrgyz Republic (NAS KR) in collaboration with the Association of Academies and Societies of Sciences in Asia (AASSA), and supported by the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP).

 

Asia includes diverse regions, and there are various issues to be addressed in order to mitigate seismic hazard, i.e. make cities and human settlements safe, resilient and sustainable, strenghten efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage, which is an underlying concept of the 17 objectives in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. The main aim of the workshop is to have deep scientific discussions on various acute issues about seismic hazard as well as to share scientific understanding of the seismic activity in Central Asia; to communicate toward the general Central Asian public the scientific understanding of the seismic activity in Central Asia; to share existing technologies and policies to mitigate seismic hazard in Central Asia; to discuss possible policies of how the government, seismic experts, safety specialists, media, medical experts, and the citizens could cooperate one another in order to protect the general public from seismic hazard.

 

The main themes of the workshop are as follows:

 

1.       Seismology: problems and reality

-The nature of seismology: achievements and problems

-Is a prediction of earthquakes possible: from skepticism to hope?

-Enhancing the public’s literacy and understanding of seismology




2.       Perceptions and policies of seismic hazard and risk

-What the general public perceives about seismic hazard and risk

-Ways for mitigating the public’s seismic risk perceptions




3.       Overcoming seismic hazard and risk

-How can scientists, policy decision-makers, educators, media, and citizens work together and help each other to overcome seismic hazard and risk?

-What are the most effective ways to communicate available measures to overcome seismic hazard and risk?




4.       Cultural heritage within seismic hazard areas: raising the level of awareness of state structures and the public

- Survey of cultural heritage monuments in the territory of the Kyrgyz Republic;

- Assessment of the state of cultural monuments, the impact of natural, urban and other factors on their safety;

- Activities necessary to preserve monuments of cultural heritage for future generations.

 

23 lectures were given by the participants, who came from 10 diffenet countries: Azerbaijan, Indonesia, Iran, Japan, Korea, Kyrgyz Republic, Nepal, Russia, Tajikistan and United Kindgdom of Great Britain.

 

The workshop comprised all together four sessions on 11 and 12 October and a half-day field trip on 13 October. A welcome dinner on 11 October as well as farewell dinner on 12 October were kindly hosted by the AASSA.


AASSA, The Association of Academies and Societies of Sciences in Asia
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