International Workshop on “Disaster Management and Risk Reduction” November 19-21, 2013

Venue: COMSTECH Building, 33 Constitution Avenue, G-5/2, Islamabad, Pakistan


Disaster is serious disruption of functioning of a community or a society involving widespread human, material, economic or environmental losses and impacts, which exceeds the ability of the affected community or society, to cope using its own resources. Disaster risk is the potential loss in lives, health status, livelihood, assets and services, which could occur to a particular community or a society over some specified future time.

Disaster Risk Reduction is the concept of reducing disaster risk through systematic analysis and management of the causal factors of disaster. This can be achieved through reduced exposure to hazards, lessened vulnerability of people and property, wise management of land and the environment, and improved preparedness for adverse events. Climate change, urbanization and industrialization have resulted in tremendous increase in the disasters all over the world. OIC member states are signatories to The Hygo Framework for Action 2005-2015 (HFA), and have an obligation to address issues relating to disasters, associated risks and their management.

COMSTECH invites applications from OIC member states for participation in an international workshop on “Disaster Management and Risk Reduction” scheduled to be held during January 15 to 17, 2013. The workshop will provide an opportunity for scientists, disaster managers and policy makers to share knowledge and benefit from experts in the field.


  • To enhance technical knowledge of the young faculty members and MPhil/PhD scholars in the area of disaster management, and risk reduction.
  • To orient planners to have an inbuilt mechanism at planning stage, to save the heavy investment.
  • To increase administrator’s competency and coping capability, to mobilize communities during disasters.
  • To update administrators, managers and policy makers about the role of United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), for seeking assistance during and after disasters.

Who Should Attend? 

  • Natural disaster management organizations and hierarchy of Pakistan and OIC member states.
  • National and International NGOs.
  • Public and private sector institutes/universities and other organizations.

Resource Persons and Topics of their Presentations:

Madhavi Malalgoda Ariyabandu, Regional Programme Officer, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Bangkok, Thailand.


I. Role UNISDR in disaster risk reduction.  
II. Progress and challenges of the implementation of HFA 2012, with special reference to Asia, OIC member states and Pakistan.

Mr. Hari Darshan Shrestha, Associate Professor, Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University. President, Structural Engineers' Association and Chairman, Center of Resilient Development, Kathmandu, Nepal. 


I. Earthquake damages in structure and loss of life.

II. Vulnerability assessment and retrofitting of school and health facilities of rural areas. 

Dr. Anil K. Gupta, Associate Professor (Policy-Planning), National Institute of Disaster Management (Premier Institute of Government of India on Disaster Risk Management), New Delhi, India.  

Topic: Sustainability in disaster management – operational agenda in making: regional issues and India’s experience.

H.E. Ambassador (R) Shafqat Kakakhel, Former Pakistan Ambassador and ex-UN Assistant Secretary General/Deputy Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme.

Topic: Disaster and environment management.

Prof. Dr. Qaisar Ali, Earthquake Engineering Center, Civil Engineering Department, University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar, Pakistan.

Topic: Earthquake safe housing

Prof. Dr. Saeed Akhter, Professor of Urology & Surgery, Chairman, Pakistan Kidney Institute, Director Transplant Surgery, Vice Chairman Department of Surgery, Shifa International Hospital, Islamabad.

Topic:  Medical aspect of disaster management.

Engr. Mujeeb Ahmad, CEO, Designmen, Islamabad, Pakistan.

Topic: Disaster risk reduction regarding safer housing.

Mr. Naseer Memon, Chief Executive, Strengthening Participatory Organization (SPO)- Islamabad, Pakistan.

Topic: Climate change and need for regional cooperation in South Asia.

Prof. Dr. M. Munir Babar, Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro, Sindh, Pakistan

Topic: Environmental aspects of integrated flood management.

Mr. Abdul Rahim, Site Manager, Makran Coastal Wetland Complex, Site Office Gwader, Pakistan Wetlands Program, Gawader Balochistan.

Topic: Drought(s) in Balochistan; Guidelines to reduce impacts of droughts.

Prof. Dr. A.W. Baloch, Executive Director, Disaster Research Institute, Preston University, Islamabad campus.

Topic:  Fundamental concepts of disaster.

Local Hospitality and Travel:

COMSTECH will provide local hospitality including accommodation and meals in its Guest House (US$120.00 per day single occupancy and US$ 70.00 per day double occupancy) from its own resources to a limited number of selected participants. Travel grants are not available. Pick and drop service on arrival and departure will be provided to only those who are travelling by air.

How to register for the workshop?

Step 1: Download application form here

Step 2: Submit completed application form to and or fax it to +92-51-9205264.

Step 3: You will receive an acceptance email soon after the application deadline, if you are selected for the workshop. 

Step 4: Local participants will be required to deposit registration fee of PKR 2,500 through demand draft in favor of COMSTECH by the deadline mentioned in the acceptance email/letter. Foreign participants will have to deposit their registration fee of US$ 50 at the time of registration on the first day of the workshop.

Focal Person of the Workshop

Prof. Dr. A.W. Baloch,
Executive Director, Disaster Research Institute (DRI),
Preston University, Islamabad.
Tel: +92 51-4430597-8X (Ext- 209)

Last Date for Applications: December 3, 2012

For further information, please contact:

Ms. Hanifa Beg
Programme Manager
Tel: +92-51-9220681-3
Fax: +92-51-9205264, +92-51-9220265


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