The Caucasus Environmental NGO Network presents the Atlas of Natural Hazards and Risks in Georgia
The Caucasus Environmental NGO Network (CENN), an IUCN member, together with the University of Twente presented the Atlas of Natural Hazards and Disaster Risks in Georgia during an international conference titled “Disaster Risk Management – Challenges for Development”, held in Tbilisi, Georgia.
The Atlas provides national and local governments, businesses and the local population with information about existing and potential natural hazards, risks and socio–economic vulnerability. It will assist governmental institutions in the improvement of disaster risk management and reduction policies currently in place, the development of relevant strategies and the efficient implementation of various development projects. The maps included in the Atlas (covering nine different natural hazards and eight elements at risk, such as population, buildings, GDP, etc.) were developed on the basis of international and national research and assessment methods.
Within the South Caucasus region the Atlas is unique in its approach to combine different types of information, and display this information in a variety of ways, for example: maps of individual hazard types; information on elements at risk; exposure maps; vulnerability maps and maps of individual, specific risk types. It is available both as print and web-based version, and can be used as risk communication tool.
The Atlas was developed in the framework of the project “Institutional Building for Natural Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in Georgia“ implemented jointly by CENN, and the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) at the University of Twente. The project was financially supported by the Social Transformation Programme (MATRA) of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The principal partners of the project were the National Environmental Agency of the Ministry of Environment Protection of Georgia, the Department of Emergency Management of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia, and the Institute of Earth Sciences at Ilia State University.