PEER participated in the Global Alliance of Disaster Research Institutes (GADRI) meeting on March 14 & 15, 2018, held at the Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI) in Uji Campus, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan.
The first day was for meetings of the Board of Directors, and it included the formation of the GADRI Advisory Board. PEER has transitioned from the Board of Directors to the Advisory Board.
The second day was an Open Discussion Forum with the following agenda:
Outlining GADRI activities and introducing the members of the Board of Directors and Advisory Board.
Facilitating discussion between GADRI members and important stakeholders in disaster risk reduction, including universities, networks, and organizations in collaboration with UN agencies such as UNISDR, UNESCO, and others. Currently, GADRI membership includes 150 institutes from 40 countries. For more details, refer to http://gadri.net/.
Discussing future directions to proceed in the next few years. PEER Director Khalid Mosalam gave a talk entitled “PEER at 21: The Practice of Performance-Based Engineering for Natural Hazards”, where he outlined examples of future PEER initiatives. PEER visiting scholar Dr. Charles Scawthorn introduced the new initiative for GADRI Regional Alliances for North America.
GADRI is a collaborative platform for discussion, sharing knowledge and promoting networks on topics related to disaster risk reduction and resilience to disasters, based on the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 . PEER has been an active participant in GADRI and has been on the Board of Directors since GADRI’s inauguration in March 2015.