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MEETING for INFORMATION AND AWARENESS for the celebration of the “International Day for Disaster Reduction”

The Meeting for information and awareness for the “International Day for Disaster Reduction” took place with great success and a great audience, at Saturday, 16 November 2019, at BYZANTINO Hotel in Patras. The meeting organized by the Geotechnical Chamber of Greece (Branch of the Peloponnese and Western Greece) in cooperation with the Management Body of Chelmos-Vouraikos – Unesco Global Geopark and the Department of Geology of the University of Patras .

The event, among other, was honored by the presence of the members of Parliament Mr. A. Kastaniotis, Mr. I. Fotilas and Mrs Ch. Alexopoulou , the Vice-Regional governor of the Region of Western Greece Mr. P. Sakellaropoulos, the Mayor of W. Achaia Mr. S. Mylonas, the Mayor of Erymanthos Mr. Th. Mparis, the former Secretary General of the Ministry of Justice & Crisis Management Mr. M. Skandamis, the Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Achaia Mr. G. Petratos, the former Regional Governor of W. Greece Mr. A. Katsifaras, the former Prefects of Achaia Mr. S. Seretis and Mr. D. Katsikopoulos and the former Mayor of Patras Mr. A. Karavolas.

Greetings on the opening of the meeting were given by the official attendees. Mr. Gregory Iatrou, Chairman of Chelmos-Vouraikos Management Body and Emeritus Professor of the Department of Biology of the University of Patras, delivered a speech presenting Chelmos-Vouraikos National Park and UNESCO Global Geopark as an area of responsibility of the Management Body. Mr. Iliopoulos G., Associate Professor of the Department of Geology of the University of Patras delivered a speech entitled “Chelmos-Vouraikos UNESCO Global Geopark and Natural Disasters”. Afterwards, speeches delivered by Mr. Zelilidis A., Professor and Chairman of the Department of Geology of the University of Patras about “Geologists' contribution to the prevention of floods, landslides and coastal erosions”, by Mr. Katsaros D., Forester MSc PhD, Director of Civil Protection of the Decentralized Administration of Peloponnese, Western Greece and the Ionian about "Innovative practices in the service of civil protection" and by Mr. Nikolakopoulos K., Associate Professor of the Department of Geology of the University of Patras about “New technologies in dealing with natural disasters”. Finally, speeches delivered by Mr. Sokos E., Associate Professor of the Department of Geology of the University of Patras delivered a speech entitled “The seismic hazard in the area of Western Greece” and by Mr. Depountis N., Assistant Professor of the Department of Geology, University of Patras entitled “Landslides: A timeless phenomenon with unpredictable consequences”.

The purpose of the meeting and of all the presentations was to inform and raise public awareness of the prevention and reduction of natural disasters and the effects of climate change. An urgent need for cooperation between responsible agencies and the state was also showcased.

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. “Sendai Seven" campaign was launched in 2016 by UNDRR which is centred on the seven targets of the Sendai Framework.

This year’s theme is based on Target “D” of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030: “Substantially reduce disaster damage to critical infrastructure and disruption services, among them health and education facilities, including through developing their resilience by 2030”.

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