INET Kathmandu Themed ICTs for Disaster Management


Internet Society’s (ISOC) Brand Event INET is scheduled to be held in Kathmandu, Nepal from 17 to 18 March 2016 at Hotel Yak & Yeti. This year the event is themed “Learning Lessons from Nepal – Embracing ICTs for Disaster Management”
The event is co organized by Internet society Nepal chapter in association of  Nepal Telecom Authority (NTA), Federation of Computer Association of Nepal (CAN) and Internet Service Providers Association Nepal (ISPAN).

The event will be milestone in discussing  the finding of the April 2015 earthquake of 7.9 magnitude in Nepal  that left nearly 9,000 people dead and destroyed over half a million homes as well infrastructure. This massive destruction has also had an impact on Nepal’s bid to advance from the status of a least developed country to a developing country by 2022.

ISOC Nepal chapter put forwards an effort with INET Kathmandu with the effort of what happened and how it was dealt. During such times, disaster management efforts function on several levels, including first responders, humanitarian relief services and on-time assistance to affected communities. At all levels, Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) play a significant role in getting the right information to the right people at the right time. This is often critical in order to save lives and reduce losses. Availability of a robust information management system supported by ICTs is critical to support the constant flow of vital information required for disaster management activities.

INET Kathmandu aims to bring together International agencies and local stakeholders involved in emergency planning, emergency services, disaster management and related work, to:

  • Learn from the 2015 Earthquake in Nepal
  • Share regional developments, experiences and information
  • Discuss emerging paradigms in disaster risk reduction
  • Propose future mechanisms, critical infrastructure and dependencies for disaster management in the short and long term horizons.

Internet Society holds multiple INET conferences each year which is designed in collaboration with the local community to meet the regional needs and deliver a unique and relevant agenda. The mutual benefits of this approach are clear. Local Internet communities get exposure to Internet issues of global and regional importance, and access to world-class technology and policy experts. In return, the experience of each unique INET enriches the Internet Society’s presence on the global stage.

The Internet Society is a leading global advocate for the ongoing development of the Internet as an open platform that serves the social, economic, and educational needs of people throughout the world.

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