Strategy for Disaster Reduction
Latin America and the Caribbean
Newsletter ISDR Inform - Latin America and the Caribbean
Partners in action
Main activities carried out by the Central University of Venezuela
Universities and risk: opening a space at the Central University of Venezuela (UCV)
This event was aimed at providing a space to publicly show the contributions of Venezuelan universities to the area of risk reduction, particularly in terms of socio-natural disasters in this country. These contributions have been made by developing academic documents in the fields of teaching, research, outreach and management. During this forum the presentations made were intended for members of the academic community, public bodies, private organizations, the media and the public in general. During the opening ceremony, the first announcement for the “UCV Journalism Award for Risk Mitigation to Socio-Natural Disasters” was made. This award was established by the University Council's resolution of December 15, 2004, with the purpose of acknowledging the annual contributions of the media (radio stations, press and TV channels) to the incorporation of socio-natural disaster prevention into the culture of Venezuela.
International training course on the design and implementation of risk
analysis and mitigation plans to address various natural hazards, delivered
by the OAS.
Staff members of national and international universities were trained
to develop planning activities and manage physical infrastructures, including
the management of existing risks and the establishments of networks.
Through the Commission
for Risk Mitigation, and jointly with the IVX-G Network of the Latin
Science and Technology Program for Development
(CYTED), the Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), the Pan-American
Health Organization (PAHO), the Organization of American States (OAS),
UNESCO's International Institute for Higher Education in Latin America
and the Caribbean (IESALC-UNESCO), and the valuable support of the Council
for the Scientific and Humanistic Development, of the Central University
of Venezuela (CDC-UCV), the UCV held the Second National Encounter and
the First International Encounter on Higher Education and Risk, with
a focus on “Habitat and Risk. The Role of Universities.” These
events gathered more than 85 participants from different universities
of the region, as well as from various national institutions.
The primary goal of these gatherings was to assess the progress made since March 2000, when the First Encounter on Higher Education and Risk took place at the UCV, and since the holding of the Second Hemispheric Conference, organized by the OAS and FEDE and held in Caracas, Venezuela. These events also provided a valuable opportunity to exchange proposals and national and international experience.
One of the major outcomes of these gatherings was a document that will be used to disseminate these experiences and proposals among higher education institutions and its partner organizations, as well as to foster concrete actions to address these issues within the different contexts in which they were originated.
The document will be sent to the authorities of participating institutions for their consideration. In this manner, it is expected that the document will serve to promote the creation of a follow-up mechanism and the incorporation of risk management into higher education on the part of both the National Council of Venezuelan Universities and equivalent or similar bodies in each participating country.
The document focused on a number of proposals, strategies and timetables
to address different aspects in the following areas:
2. Academic field
3. Physical infrastructures
4. Training for university students
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