14 May 2015, 18:14

The Harmonization of Landslide Data and Training of Municipalities for its Monitoring

At the beginning of the Second International Symposium on Landslides, new project “The Harmonization of Landslide Data and training of municipalities for its monitoring: “BEWARE (Beyond Landslide Awareness)” was launched today at the Belgrade City Hall.

The project is implemented by the State Geological Survey of Serbia, and the Faculty of Mining and Geology. The project is funded by the Government of Japan in partnership with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Serbia.

This project will enable the systematic study of landslides in Serbia, field recording, evaluation and risk mapping, feasibility of projects for rehabilitation of landslides, cadaster of landslide as well as training for local governments in the systematic monitoring of landslides .

The signing ceremony was held in The City of Belgrade Official Hall, where Andrija Mladenovic, Deputy Mayor of Belgrade, used the occasion to welcome all participants.

Appreciation to The Government of Japan for their support to Serbia in order to improve local governments resilience to respond to emergency and importance of proactive participation of technical experts in solving the problem of landslides in Serbia, was also expressed by:

Aleksandar Antic, Minister of Energy and Mining of the Republic of Serbia and Marko Blagojevic, Director of the Government Office for Reconstruction and Flood Relief.

Further enthusiasm about the start of the project was also shared by: Irena Vojackova – Sollorano, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Prof. Dragoman Rabrenović, Director of the State Geological Survey of Serbia, and Prof. Biljana Abolmasov, Faculty of Mining and Geology.

The ceremony was moderated by Professor Kyoji Sassa, Chairman of the International Consortium on Landslides.