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A Reconnaissance Report on Capacity Assessment of Kerala State for Landslides Risk Reduction and Management, 9-11 October 2018

A reconnaissance visit has been made to the Kerala state during 9-11 October 2018 to get a rapid assessment of the landslides related initiatives and capacities in post disaster situation.In this regard, meetings have been held with the officials from the relevant departments like Geological Survey of India (GSI), National Centre for Earth Science Studies (NCESS), Department of Geology, University of Kerala, Institute for Land and Disaster Management (ILDM), UNDP Coordinator Ms. Rita and Environmental specialist Mr. Easa along with Mr. Manish Mohan Das and Shri Rajaram Mahendra, UNICEF, Additional Chief Secretary (Economics and Planning), Dr. Vishwas Mehta, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary (Revenue and Disaster Management), Shri P.H. Kurian, IAS and Member Secretary Kerala State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA), Dr. Sekhar L. Kuriakose as well as local administration in the hill districts.

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International Workshop on Sustainable Development Goals, Governance and Disasters, 6-7 October, 2018 at Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The ultimate end of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) is to sustain development through the well being and resilience of communities and resources. Important synergies exists between the two and coordinated efforts need to be made in the desired direction rather than working for the SDGs and disaster risk reduction and mitigation in silos. It is in this context that Special Centre for Disaster Research (SCDR), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in collaboration with University of Jayewardenepura, Ministry of Agriculture Western province, Srilanka, Network of Asia pacific Schools and Institute for Public Administration (NAPSIPAG) and Alumni association of Public administration (AAPA) had organized an International workshop on Sustainable Development Goals, Governance and Disasters from 6-7 October, 2018 at Colombo, Sri Lanka.

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3-days Trainers of Trainers Programme on Landslides Mitigation, 4-6 October 2018

Dr. Surya Parkash delivered two lectures / presentations on the topics (i) Landslides Precursors, Causes and Factor; (ii) Landslides Mitigation,Preparedness and Response (schedule attached). He discussed the presentation with day to day examples along with interaction from the participants. Both the lectures were appreciated by the participants. 28 participants (list attached) from different sectors attended the lecture.

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