India to hold International workshop on 'Building a regional framework for earthquake risk management'

New Delhi, Nov. 7 (ANI): The Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of External Affairs are jointly hosting two-day International 'East Asia Summit (EAS)-India workshop 'Building a regional framework for earthquake risk Management' on November 8-9 in New Delhi.

The main objectives of this two-day workshop is to bring all EAS member countries together to discuss capacity building using national response mechanisms; exchange views on regional response mechanisms following a major earthquake in the region; discuss issues pertaining to the countries in the region to enable development of regional approach towards coordination of logistics, response, rescue, relief and recovery to minimize the impact on lives and assets.

Evolving strategy for training, capacity development and knowledge sharing in disaster management and disaster risk reduction; development of institutional framework for post-earthquake response and coordination in the region and way forward for strengthening collaboration between research and knowledge-based institutions in the region are also being discussed in the workshop.

This workshop is a follow up of the announcement made by the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the 6th East Asia Summit (EAS) held in Indonesia in November last year regarding India's intention to host an EAS Workshop on Disaster Management in 2012.

The Officials of the National Disaster Management Authorities of 18 EAS member countries including India will attend the Workshop.

Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde will inaugurate the workshop. (ANI)