The project team of BUET-Japan Institute of Disaster Prevention and Urban Safety (BUET-JIDPUS) has been awarded the “ICT for Mountain Development Award–2015” from the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Nepal for the project- “DEVELOPING DYNAMIC WEB-GIS BASED EARLY WARNING SYSTEM FOR THE COMMUNITIES AT LANDSLIDE RISKS IN CHITTAGONG METROPOLITAN AREA, BANGLADESH” (http://www.icimod.org/?q=20601). Vice-Chancellor of BUET, Prof. Saiful Islam accepted the award on behalf of BUET-JIDPUS on Dec.4 2016 during Bangladesh- ICIMOD Partnership Day.
In addition to developing a dynamic web-based early warning system (http://www.landslidebd.com), the project (July 2014 to Sept.2015) produced a series of technical reports on landslide inventory, social vulnerability assessment, soil investigation, community vulnerability, rainfall pattern, land cover modeling, landslide susceptibility modeling, slope stability mapping. The project also arranged several key informant discussions, meeting with CDA officials, knowledge sharing programs, social and community awareness building programs, and a final national seminar to disseminate scientific results for relevant policy formulation. Prof. IkuoTowhata from University of Tokyo, Japan, and advisor to the project visited landslide prone areas in March 2015 in Chittagong and contributed to knowledge sharing programs in Chittagong and Dhaka. The final seminar held at BUET-JIDPUS in Sept. 2015 was attended by senior officials and academicians from Chittagong Development Authority, Chittagong City Corporation, Department of Environment, Department of Disaster Management, Chittagong Port Authority, Geological Survey of Bangladesh, Bangladesh Meteorological Department, University of Chittagong, Chittagong University of Engineering & Technology, Southern University Chittagong, Bangladesh Fire Service and Civil Defense. The project was well-received and appreciated by the distinguished participants.
This project was funded by a SERVIR-Himalaya Small Grants Programme, administered through ICIMOD (Nepal) and established through a joint partnership between United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The project core team consists of Prof. Tahmeed M. Al-Hussaini (Director, BUET-JIDPUS), Md. Shahinoor Rahman (Asst. Prof, BUET-JIDPUS) and Bayes Ahmed (PhD candidate UCL, UK), and two foreign advisors Prof. David E. Alexander (UCL, UK) and Prof. IkuoTowhata (Univ. Tokyo, Japan).Contributions from research assistants, survey assistants and other participants are also gratefully acknowledged, with special mention for Sonia Rahman, Ferdous Farhana Haq and Carlos Murillo.