First annual South-to-South learning workshop on landslide and geohazard risk in transport : outputs and guidance notes (English)

    First annual South-to-South learning workshop on landslide and geohazard risk in transport : outputs and guidance notes (English)

     

     

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    Abstract

    South Asian countries experience a variety of geohazards triggered by excessive rainfalls, snowfalls, and earthquakes. Management and mitigation of these geohazards are challenging tasks, especially in countries with rugged mountainous terrain such as... See More + South Asian countries experience a variety of geohazards triggered by excessive rainfalls, snowfalls, and earthquakes. Management and mitigation of these geohazards are challenging tasks, especially in countries with rugged mountainous terrain such as Afghanistan, Bhutan, and Nepal. A stepwise approach to road geohazard risk management and proper institutional setup are key elements of any strategy to ensure safe roads. Efforts must be made to integrate road geohazard risk management into the national development plans for sustainable road management and safety of the stakeholders. The World Bank’s Disaster Risk and Climate Change Unit of the South Asia Region organized a regional workshop to build the capacity of policymakers and operational or technical government counterparts in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka to integrate geohazard risk management into their infrastructure programs — thus helping to ensure the safety of people and property as well as the sustainability of such investments. The First Annual South-to-South Learning Workshop on Landslide and Geo-Hazard Risk Management (SSLW) took place on November 15–17, 2016, in Kandy, Sri Lanka. Within the framework of the World Bank's "Building Resilience to Landslide and Geohazard Risk in the South Asia Region Program"—launched in August 2016 with assistance from the European Commission and the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR)—the workshop's objective was to facilitate the exchange of experience and knowledge among the policy makers and practitioners in landslide and geohazard risk management in South Asian countries. Fifty-two people, including resource persons and the World Bank team, participated in the workshop. Structured as a South-to-South knowledge exchange learning event, the workshop was designed for senior planning and transport infrastructure development officials who work on transport and disaster risk management sector projects, which include geohazard risks, in the seven above mentioned South Asian countries. Participants engaged in team-based dialogue, which further developed and refined landslide risk assessment strategies on specific themes such as, among others, cost-effective geohazard risk mitigation strategies and methods, geotechnical asset management, decision support systems for determining landslide risk mitigation strategies, and the design of landscape level integrated infrastructure and development plans addressing landslide risk. Workshop speakers included Sri Lankan and international civil engineers, academics, and other subject matter experts on topics related to protection and rehabilitation measures and landslide risk assessment practices and policies in the transport sector