FIG Commission 2, Professional Education, was working together with the Nepal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and the Nepal Remote Sensing and Programmetric Society in organizing an international workshop. Despite the difficult situation in the country, the committee conducted from 25-27 November the International Workshop on the Role of Land Professionals and SDI in Disaster Risk reduction in the context of Post 2015 Nepal earthquake. The issue of land being fundamental to recovery was elaborated by Professor Arbind Tuladhar, ITC, University of Twente. Access to land for shelter, protection of land rights, livelihood and early recovery from earthquakes, he stated, are the land issues to be incorporated into an action-oriented framework for recovery. Igor Cvetkovski, of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), stressed the importance of finding a balance between the needs and the rights of affected populations, existing legal frameworks, societal demands, and the available state and community resources. Professor Marguerite Madden from the Center for Geospatial Research, University of Georgia, US, discussed geospatial technologies used for disaster preparation, response and recovery. Alistair Greig from Christchurch, New Zealand, reported on the recovery after the earthquakes in Christchurch in 2011. He stressed the need for geospatial professionals to support the rescue effort by urban search and rescue, civil defence, police and the army immediately after the earthquake. Support from surveyors and GIS experts increased as the emergency response turned into recovery and then rebuild of the city. Several attendees addressed aspects of spatial data infrastructures (SDIs) in disaster risk reduction.
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|Published - 1 May 2016