AGU participates in an Arab expert meeting on “The Role of Science and Technology in Disaster Risk Reduction” in Beirut

AGU participates in an Arab expert meeting on “The Role of Science and Technology in Disaster Risk Reduction” in Beirut

Head of the Geoinformatics Department at the College of Graduate Studies, Coordinator of the GIS Master’s Program at Arabian Gulf University (AGU), Dr Sabah Al-Jenaid participated in “The Role of Science and Technology in Disaster Risk Reduction” meeting, which was recently organised by the National Council for Scientific Research in Lebanon in cooperation with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) – Regional Office for Arab States, at the council’s headquarters.
The two-day meeting was attended by experts, consultants and academics from various Arab countries such as Bahrain, Egypt, Palestine, Algeria, Iraq, Sudan and Tunisia, as well as international experts from the Regional Office for Arab States for Disaster Risk Reduction, to emphasise the need to invest the outputs of scientific research in the implementation of public policies by decision makers and the unification of language between scientific researchers and policy makers and implementers on risk reduction of disasters such as floods, landslides, earthquakes and others.
Experts confirmed a lack of data in strengthening prevention, responsivity and its use in compensation mechanisms. They stressed the need to include socio-economic and scientific factors in disaster risk reduction policies and mechanisms in Arab countries.
The Arab Advisory Group on Science and Technology for Disaster Risk Reduction was launched during the meeting. Lebanon was chosen for presidency while vice-presidency was appointed to Tunisia. The group aims to enhance the role of science and technology in disaster risk reduction in Arab countries, to support Arab cooperation in these fields, and to contribute to disaster risk reduction policies by backing decision makers with scientific data.
The participants discussed the draft terms of reference of the Advisory Group in order to define its functions. They concluded with recommendations of supporting governments in formulating national strategies based on scientific and technological data by 2020 and the importance of developing a network of scientific institutions dealing with disaster risk in Arab countries.
In addition, participants developed a voluntary action plan to be committed to during the Arab-African Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction, to be held in Tunisia from 9 to 13 October.

Source : agu.edu.bh