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MEETING for INFORMATION AND AWARENESS: International Day for Disaster Reduction

Kalavryta, 13/10/2018

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MEETING for INFORMATION AND AWARENESS: International Day for Disaster Reduction

Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body successfully held a meeting about the "International Day for the Reduction of Natural Disasters", in the framework of the celebration of the day by the UNESCO Global Geoparks, on Saturday 13th of October 2018, at the Cultural Center of Diakopto, in cooperation with the Department of Geology of the University of Patras.

Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos and Emeritus Professor of the Department of Biology of the University of Patras, Dr. Gr. Iatrou, made an introduction about the National Park and UNESCO Global Geopark of Chelmos-Vouraikos, and the protection and management actions within the Protected Area. Associate Professor of Palaeontology and Stratigraphy, of the Department of Geology of the University of Patras and Scientific Director of Chelmos-Vouraikos UNESCO Global Geopark, Dr. G. Iliopoulos, presented the Natural Disasters of UNESCO Global Geoparks. Managing Director of the Forestry Authority of Aigio, Dr. G. Chronopoulos, talk about Aigialeia Municipality after the destructive Mega-fire of 2007 and the status today, specifically talking about the case of Klokos Mountain, while Mr. Dim. Alexopoulos, Fire Lieutenant of Fire Service of Aigio, referred in general about forest fires. Associate Professor and Director of Seismological Laboratory of the Department of Geology of the University of Patras, Dr. E. Sokos, talk about the seismic hazard in the area of Korinthiakos gulf. Finally, Professor of Tectonics of the Department of Geology of the University of Patras, Dr. I. Koukouvelas, referred on Geological destructive phenomena.

The International Day for Disaster Reduction was started in 1989, after a call by the United Nations General Assembly, celebrating how people and communities around the world are reducing their exposure to disasters. This includes disaster prevention, mitigation and preparedness.   This year focuses on Target C of the Sendai Framework, for disaster risk reduction, reducing disaster economic losses in relation to global GDP by 2030.

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