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workshop at the Birzeit University on the Earthquakes Expected to Occur in Palestine and Their Risk Mitigtion with SASPARM Project

20/11/2013 14:35:00

Wed, 2013-11-20

Dr. Jalal Dabeek, the Director of the Urban Planning and Disaster Risk Reduction Center’s Seismic Risk Mitigation Center at An-Najah National University, and the Vice President of the National Authority for Disaster Risk Reduction, presented a scientific symposium that highlighted the earthquakes predicted to occur in Palestine and their risk mitigation. The symposium, held at the invitation of the Deanship of Student Affairs at Birzeit University, reflected a joint effort between the Risk Reduction Center at An-Najah and Palestinian institutions. The topics of the symposium included assessing the risk of disasters in general and of earthquakes in particular, the factors affecting the amount and level of loss, the risks that earthquakes and other disasters leave behind, and the principal elements for managing these risks. On display throughout the gathering were the most important objectives, tasks and events of the Disaster Risk Reduction Project (SASPARM), which the Center carries out within the FP7 European Projects in Palestine, with coordination with the European Center for Seismic Engineering EUCENTER and Institute of Advanced Studies IUSS in Pavia, Italy.

 The second part of this symposium included the introduction of earthquakes, reasons for their occurrence, and standards upon which experts rely in order to predict earthquakes. The attendees were introduced to the active areas of rifts in Palestine and the area, which is considered the seismic focal point at which relatively strong earthquakes may occur in the future.

 In the third part of the symposium, the discussion was about the architectural and construction patterns used in many buildings in Palestine, whose structures by and large do not meet the minimum building requirements necessary to withstand earthquakes. Dr. Dabeek spoke about how to identify and classify the seismic vulnerability of buildings and thus determine the levels or degrees of damage and landslides expected for existing buildings, as well as how to conduct a rapid assessment of the damage after disaster. He also indicated that the Engineers Association in Palestine will implement an “Action Seismic” design for buildings starting in the beginning of 2014, a mandatory design that is a result of the joint efforts and work between the Engineers Association, the Center, the Ministry of Local Government and the Ministry of Public Labors. Dr. Dabeek also pointed to the evolution and efforts of the Civil Defense in Palestine in the area of emergency response, and stressed the importance of giving priority to support the Civil Defense and strengthen its capabilities.

 The symposium also included the Assistant Secretary-General of Civil Defense in Ramallah and Al Bireh Governorate, Jaber Dweikat, who gave a presentation on Management Training on Prevention Measures and Configuration before, during and after the earthquake. At the end of the symposium, the Ramallah and Al Bireh Director of Civil Defense, Governor Engineer Mu’awiayh Daraghmeh, the Chairman of the National Authority for Disaster Risk Reduction, and the Retired General Wassif Erekat all presented on the importance and readiness of Palestinian society to real with risks. First Lieutenant Mohammad Shukri and Rami Shtyeh of the civil defense participated as well.

 

 



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