7 November 2011: Kathmandu Valley Earthquake Emergency Management and Response System Prototype Demonstration and Interaction Programme

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A Prototype Demonstration and Interaction Programme for the Kathmandu Valley Earthquake Response and Management System (KAVERM) was held at the ICIMOD Headquarters on 3 November 2011. The main objective was to demonstrate KAVERM, a web-based GIS platform for emergency management and response. It highlighted the demand for map-based information from satellites and GIS data during crisis situations to provide a variety of output according to changing situations. Such information would support a wide scope of decision makers involved, including the public at large. ICIMOD in collaboration with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) and others has taken the initiative to develop a GIS-based earthquake emergency management and response system for the Kathmandu Valley. The primary objective is to strengthen the National Emergency Operation Center (NEOC), in order to help institutionalise an integrated GIS-based information platform for emergency management and response in case of major disasters. 

Remarks at the event were made by the Honourable Chief Guest, Mr Deependra Bahadur Kshetri, Vice-Chairman, National Planning Commission; Mr Sushil JB Rana, Secretary of MoHA; and Dr Andreas Schild, Director General of ICIMOD. 

Mr Basanta Shrestha, Division Head, MENRIS/ ICIMOD presented on the GIS-based Earthquake Emergency Management and Response System. Mr Siddarth Khadka, Mr Bikash Dangol and Mr Rajan Bajracharya demonstrated the prototype system. Mr Govinda Joshi briefed the participants on the maps and posters on display which were viewed by some 100 people. The concluding remarks were given by Dr Madhav Karki, Deputy Director General of ICIMOD.