Launch of road geohazard risk management tools and products: Theory into practice
Geohazards are increasing across the globe due to climate change and increase the risk of long-term disruption to transport systems. A reliable and efficient transport system/network is a major catalyst for the development of a country and the backbone of its functioning. Disruption to the transport system will cause economic setbacks and impact people’s daily lives and access to critical infrastructure such as hospitals, schools, or shelters. Therefore, a geohazard risk management perspective that incorporates people, environment, hydrology, geology, and the transportation infrastructure needs to be adopted for robust and resilient transport network.
Traditional approach to maintaining transport network is reactive and remediates geohazard events as they occur. A proactive approach that evaluates hazards, monitors the network, and manages the infrastructure can result in 60-80% life-cycle cost savings. Thus, this innovative program intends to make geohazard risk management a centerpiece of transport and infrastructure planning by providing a platform for all stakeholders to share their experiences and learn practical skills that are directly applicable to development projects.
The Road Geohazard Risk Management package will be fully finalized by April 2020 and the team plans to organize a product launch workshop and training session by inviting donors, technical experts, clients, and task teams involved in the development of this knowledge product and operational engagement.
Partner Organization: Japan Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), Nippon Koei Co, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Japan Landslide Society, Sabo & Landslide Technical Center, The University of Auckland in New Zealand