Haiti's devastating earthquake on January 12 presents unprecedented challenges to the science and engineering communities, to non- governmental organizations, governments, and other institutions providing immediate relief as well as to those involved in longer term reconstruction. Geoscientists are challenged by having to produce quantitative estimates of future seismic hazard in the face of extremely limited data. Engineers are challenged to identify cost- effective methods for building resilient structures. The rebuilding community is challenged not only by the scale of the devastation, but also by the very real possibility that Port-au-Prince may face another devastating earthquake within the next one or two decades. This risk needs to be considered when policy makers decide where and how to rebuild, especially critical infrastructure such as hospitals and schools, power plants, and government buildings.
This enormous challenge suggests that the rebuilding community needs to interact closely with scientists and engineers over the next few months, a period when major reconstruction will hopefully start. To avoid mistakes of the past, communication and information sharing are critical. The workshop will include keynotes, panels, and breakout sessions to facilitate interaction and engagement from all participants for the purpose of developing priority science and engineering recommendations for rebuilding Haiti's infrastructure and communities in ways that reduce the risk of future disasters.
Key findings of the Workshop were also highlighted by the Bureau of International Organization Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and by USAID
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|Call to Order: David Applegate, NSTC Subcommittee on Disaster Reduction
|Welcome: Dr. Pascal Goldschmidt, Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean, University of Miami Medical School
(Introduced by Tim Dixon, University of Miami)
|Keynote: Haiti Minister of Environment Jean Marie Claude Germain
|Plenary Panel: Strategies for Achieving Disaster Risk Reduction
Moderator: Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Suzanne Nossel
|Plenary Panel: Assessing Haiti's Hazard and Risk
Moderator: Paul Mann (University of Texas at Austin)
|Reconstruction Timeline/Technical Assistance Needs
Andrew Morton, United Nations Environment Programme Presentation
|Plenary Panel: Lessons Learned from Other Rebuilding Efforts Moderator: Cari Enav (U.S. Department of State)
|Charge to Breakout Groups
Breakout sessions will focus on what can be offered now and what short-term and long-term data needs must be addressed to increase the benefit of what science and engineering can offer. Breakouts will identify key recommendations/considerations to share with broader group. Topics include:
Open to the community, this event will feature presentations by Eric Calais and Reggie DesRoches, both of whom led teams in Haiti and have served as advisors to their government and private sector; ample time for questions from the audience.
|Haiti's Unique Societal Challenges
John Harding, Disaster Risk Reduction Advisor, Office of the U.N. Special Envoy to Haiti
|Plenary Panel: Planning for Rebuilding
Moderator: Arthur Lerner-Lam (Columbia University)
|Initial Reports from Breakout Sessions
Breakout sessions will continue previous afternoon's deliberations to establish take-away priorities. Flexibility to keep same breakouts or reorganize to suit discussion.
Final Breakout Session Reports and Discussion
Having identified during the breakout sessions what information is currently available and what is still needed, how can this knowledge be effectively developed into strategies and plans to inform rebuilding efforts? Participants will work to generate a bulleted list of recommendations for policymakers. Discussion Points:
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