GHI Sponsors EERI Members in Developing Countries
GeoHazards International (GHI), an EERI Subscribing Member and California nonprofit that works to reduce earthquake and tsunami risk in the world’s most vulnerable communities, recently named 120 professionals and students whom it will sponsor as EERI e-affiliate members in 2013. The e-affiliate members hail from 25 developing countries and include architects, international development and humanitarian professionals, earth scientists, emergency managers, engineers, government officials, a journalist, planners, professors, and social scientists.
GHI launched its initiative to sponsor EERI members from developing countries in the fall of 2011 and subsequently sponsored 120 members in 2012, including professionals from 11 countries that did not have EERI members the previous year. This October, GHI conducted an online survey of the 2012 sponsored members, in order to gather feedback on the benefits of EERI membership. More than 90% of survey respondents read at least one Earthquake Spectra journal article during the year, and about one third of respondents read more than five journal articles. Just over 80% of the sponsored members indicated that they shared Earthquake Spectra journal articles with colleagues.
Since its founding in 1991, GHI has worked in more than 20 countries to improve earthquake and tsunami safety. Central to GHI’s work is the goal of empowering practitioners, researchers, and decision makers with the tools, know-how, and information needed to make their communities safer from natural disasters. GHI is proud to sponsor EERI members in developing countries, providing information to them about the latest advances in earthquake science, engineering, and policy.
GHI-sponsored EERI member Din Muhammad Kakar, a Pakistani geologist at the University of Balochistan in Quetta, installs a GPS instrument. He spends much of his time educating the Pakistani public about earthquake risk.