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First International Training Workshop on Space Technology for Disaster Mitigation Opened by CAS-TWAS SDIM
 Date: 2013-11-15  Page Views:

On the morning of November 12, the first international training workshop on space technology for disaster mitigation opened at RADI Sanya Campus. Themed “Theory, Methods and Applications of Space Technology for Disaster Mitigation”, the event was hosted by the CAS-TWAS Centre of Excellence on Space Technology for Disaster Mitigation (SDIM), with the International Centre on Space Technologies for Natural and Cultural Heritage (HIST) under the auspices of UNESCO and RADI as co-hosts. Distinguished speakers at the opening ceremony included Cao Jinghua, Deputy Director of the CAS International Cooperation Bureau; Cao Bing, Director of the Sanya Bureau of Technology, Industry and Information; Zhang Bing, Deputy Director-General of RADI; and Shuaib Lwasa, member of the Scientific Committee of the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk Programme(IRDR). TWAS Executive Director Romain Murenzi remotely extended his video congratulations on the event.

The CAS-TWAS SDIM International Training Workshop will promote and facilitate further pragmatic cooperation in science and technology between China and other developing countries”, Cao Jinghua said. Director Cao Bing pointed out that the workshop is one of the international cooperation activities in the field of space technology for disaster mitigation under the framework of China-ASEAN science and technology cooperation. He expressed his hope that a series of such workshops would be held in the future. TWAS Executive Director Romain Murenzi fully affirmed the work accomplished by CAS-TWAS SDIM since it was founded in 2013 in its effort to help developing nations with disaster mitigation, saying that the workshop would serve as an important platform for scientists of developing countries to share and exchange space technology for disaster mitigation.

The two-week training course was attended by over 20 people from 17 developing countries including Indonesia, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam and other ASEAN nations. By providing systematic training in the theory, technology and application of space technology for disaster mitigation, the workshop is intended to cultivate practical talents in this field so as to promote the application of such technology in developing countries.

2013 is the 10th year of the China-ASEAN strategic partnership, and disaster prevention and relief is listed as one of the priority areas for deepening cooperation between the two sides. With Sanya’s significant geographic advantage of being close to ASEAN countries, the workshop will serve as a new bridge linking China and ASEAN in the field of space technology cooperation for disaster mitigation.

The training session began after the opening ceremony ended.

Group photo.

Teacher and Students in class.

Students in class.



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