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Digital Belt and Road Program Opens its First Centre of Excellence in Bangkok
 Date: 2018-03-13  Page Views:

The Digital Belt and Road Program (DBAR) opened an International Centre of Excellence on Integrated Climate Change, Disaster Risk and Environmental Research and Capacity Building (ICoE-Bangkok) in Bangkok, Thailand on February, 27, 2018 to promote integrated research on climate change, disaster risk and environmental research and capacity building especially in Southeast Asia. It the first launched Centre of Excellence among the eight centres identified by DBAR.

The ICoE-Bangkok was established in a partnership among four Bangkok-based institutions including the Asian Institute of Technology, Geo-Information and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA), National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT), and Ramkhamhaeng University Center of Regional Climate Change and Renewable Energy (RU-CORE).

A special seminar was held to provide a platform where the Digital Belt and Road Program was introduced to the Thailand partners, and the participants gathered to have an in-depth discussion on the initiation and implementation of the DBAR ICoE-Bangkok.

Prof. GUO Huadong, Chair of Digital Belt and Road Program, signed a memorandum of understanding with NRCT Secretary-General Sirirurg Songsivilai. According to the agreement, the ICoE-Bangkok will promote international cooperation and the exchange of expertise and technology. The centre will also create a satellite database for environmental protection, risk reduction, food stability, urban development, and the preservation of coastal resources and world heritage sites.

According to DBAR, the other seven DBAR ICoEs will be open at Helsinki, Finland; Potenza, Italy; El Jadida, Morocco; Peshawar, Pakistan; Moscow, Russia; Columbia University, USA; and Lusaka, Zambia.

The DBAR program was launched in 2016 by CAS scientists. It is an international research program that aims to promote international cooperation that integrates Earth Observation science, data, technology, and applications to address environmental change and attain SDGs in the Belt and Road region. DBAR’s goal is to build upon the diverse Earth Observation capacities in the Belt and Road countries in Asia, Europe, and Africa through comprehensive and well-funded action.

The launching ceremony of DBAR ICoE-Bangkok.

Chair of Digital Belt and Road Program, Prof. GUO Huadong delivers an address for the event.




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