Photo: Professor Richard Haigh, Mr Nihal Rupasinghe, Secretary, Ministry of Mamaheweli Development and Environment, Professor Dilanthi Amaratunga & Mr Virajh Dias, Addl. General Manager, Natural Resource Management & Laboratory Services, Central Engineering Bureau at the inauguration of the E Conference on Landside Risk Reduction at CECB premises on 18th May 2015.
Global Disaster Resilience Centre (GDRC) is one of the leading organizations in United Kingdom in inter-disciplinary research, education and advocacy to improve the resilience of nations and communities.
Professor Richard Haigh and Professor Dilanthi Amaratunga of GDRC participated as the keynote experts of the E Conference on Landside Risk Reduction conducted by CECB. The event is being organized by the World Centre of Excellence on Landslide Disaster Reduction, Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau and the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment in Sri Lanka.
Professor Dilanthi Amaratunga addressed the issues of developing a “Capacity Building Framework for Disaster Mitigation and Preparedness” and creating, “A disaster resilient built environment in urban cities: The need to empower local governments” in her key notes while Professor Richard Haigh spoke about “Moving from 2015 to 2030: Challenges and Opportunities for Higher Education”.
Prof. Dilanthi and Prof. Richard discussed regarding the future collaborative work with CECB on current issues such as social housing resilience for affected communities, construction in coastal regions, construction in water tanks, and safety of dams.