Project Description

Since 2017, with the support of the Swiss Red Cross, ICEM has been supporting the Royal Government of Bhutan to enhance disaster preparedness by increasing capacity in disaster risk management (DRM) and the application of DRM mechanisms at all administrative levels. Specifically, the project supports the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) to lead in the development of contingency plans, operationalize Emergency Operations Centres, train and equip search and rescue teams and emergency first aid volunteers, and carry out simulation exercises. The increased capacity and application of DRM mechanisms will contribute to the improved effectiveness of inter-agency coordination and response.

This report documents the seismic risk assessment carried out to inform the development of a seismic event scenario as the foundation of the national earthquake contingency plan. The seismic risk assessment was initiated during participatory working sessions with technical experts from key RGOB departments at a workshop on 11 December 2018 in Paro, Bhutan. It was further developed remotely and then reviewed by key RGOB experts on 12-13 March 2019 in Punakha, Bhutan.