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Agreement between CIGIDEN and Itrend deepens knowledge sharing for disaster resilience 

The collaboration agreement between the Research Center for Integrated Disaster Risk Management (CIGIDEN) and the Institute for Disaster Resilience (Itrend) officially began with three workshops on the RISKS Project.

In September, a collaboration agreement was signed between CIGIDEN and Itrend. The work that is expected to be carried out goes hand in hand with the exchange of information to nurture each of the projects that both institutions are promoting.

After signing the agreement, Rodrigo Cienfuegos, director of the research center and UC Engineering academic, said: "Itrend is a relevant actor to be able to scale the transformation of research and development into knowledge transfer at all levels and that is why the signing of this agreement is so important". 

Macarena Pérez, head of Strategic Alliances and Networks at Itrend, said that the signing of the agreement opens a new way to collaborate in the work carried out by both institutions.

Following the signing of the agreement, three workshops were held on the dissemination and practical cases of the RISKS Project, developed by the German Aerospace Center (DLR), which allows estimating economic losses after a disaster, including earthquakes and tsunamis.

The Platform is currently working in four Latin American cities: Quito, Lima, Valparaíso and Santiago, and it is expected that more areas will be added in the future.

The three workshops were attended by professionals from the RISKS Project team, in addition to Rosita Jünemann, with the talk "Probabilistic approach for damage estimation: ASISTE San Antonio Project" and Juan Carlos de la Llera with his presentation "Complex systems and critical networks", both CIGIDEN researchers.

 Thematic workshops

In the first workshop, held at Itrend's offices, the advances in the Creden Strategy were presented, as well as the projects that Itrend is currently promoting. In this presentation, the guidelines of the Creden Strategy, the 5 enabling conditions and the 14 tasks included for the development of R+D+i+e in the country, as well as showing the role that Itrend plays in the fulfillment of these goals, were discussed in depth, followed by the respective talks of the experts from RISKS and CIGIDEN.

The second workshop, held at the National Emergency Office of the Ministry of the Interior and Public Safety (ONEMI), focused on the possible uses of the RISKS initiative following the collaborative work being carried out. This activity counted with the participation of the national director of ONEMI, Ricardo Toro, and the presentation of Rodrigo Ortiz, on the law that creates Sinapred and the challenges in the management and generation of risk and threat maps. 

Finally, the third workshop was held at the offices of the Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service of the Chilean Navy (SHOA) in Valparaiso, where a practical exercise was conducted by Michael Langbein of DLR and Christian D. León of the RISKS Project.

After the meetings, Macarena Pérez said that this type of initiative highlights the importance of creating and strengthening ties between the different institutions working on disasters at the national and international level.