Activities in the region are mostly split up between North and Sub-Saharan Africa. In Kenya a first scoping workshop took place in November 2009. Operations Manager Atalay Ayele started working in Sub-Saharan Africa from September 2011 to give a further boost to activities. Meetings and trainings took place in July 2012 on hazard model building and seismic hazard and risk assessment. Currently the group is looking for funding for a more structured programme, and at the same time continues development of a hazard model for the region. In North Africa various workshops took place with hazard and risk experts from throughout the region.
GEM is involved in 3 European programmes: SHARE, SYNER-G and NERA. SHARE focuses on seismic hazard harmonization in Europe and covers all of Europe and the Maghreb countries, and the hazard model is developed with the OpenQuake Engine. SYNER-G partners are developing a unified methodology and tools for systemic vulnerability assessment in Europe. NERA focuses on creation of a European research infrastructure for risk assessment and mitigation. All three projects are EU-funded, within the scope of the FP7 Programme.
The EMME project (Earthquake Model for the Middle East) is closely linked to GEM. The project covers Iran, Turkey, Jordan, Pakistan, Lebanon, Syria, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia. EMME features work packages on hazard, expsosure and vulnerability, and actively promotes collaborative work on city risk scenarios in Mashad (Iran), Gulshen-Karachi (Pakistan), Irbid (Jordan), Tblisi (Georgia), Yerevan (Armenia) and Tyr (Lebanon).
EMCA, the Earthquake Model Central Asia started in February 2011. The programme focuses on cross-border assessment of seismic hazard and risk in Central Asia and covers Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. It is coordinated by GFZ and involves intensive collaboration with local institutions from all five countries as well as collaboration with other international organisations working in the region.
The GEM Caribbean Regional Programme initially featured a large kick-off workshop, several presentations and a young researchers exchange. Two projects will soon start; on micro-zonation in Port of Spain and on hazard assessment for the CARICOM countries plus Haiti and now the activities are slowly being extended onto the entire Insular, as well as towards Central America. In addition, in February 2012 a collaboration started between OGS and the GEM Foundation for bottum-up hazard assessment for the Caribbean, spreading out to neighbouring and other countries in Central and South America.
After several meetings, Operations Manager Herbert Rendon is working in region from the summer of 2011. Regional workshops took place in October 2011 in Venezuela and Chile gathering experts from throughout the region. Together with the Caribbean region, Venezuelan and Colombian scientists are working on cross-border hazard assessment. And in January 2013 the large 3-year project SARA will kick-off with local institutions from accross the region that work on hazard, exposure, physical and social vulnerability in South America.
South-East Asia and the Pacific
Several regional GEM workshops took place so far, the first starting with an inventarisation of needs and current state-of-the-art in the various countries on hazard, vulnerability and risk. Other workshops focused on hazard assessment and active faults.
A large workshop took place in India in 2009, which was followed by collaboration with several experts in the region. A regional programme is currently being prepared in the region of Gurajat, featuring hazard but mostly risk assessment. A training workshop took place in March 2013 in Nepal, with experts from neighbouring countries.
There are several initiatives in the region with whom we collaborate, such as:
- The strategic cooperative program (2010-2013) of "Seismic Hazard Assessment for the Next Generation Map"
- Taiwan Earthquake Model (TEM) – which is also a public participant in the GEM Foundation.