A. Scientific Contributions to Natural Disaster Reduction

The participants noted that they benefited from multi-disciplinary exchange among scientists and engineers, and noted that scientific progress from many scientists working together in collaborative, multi disciplinary exchange.

1. Promote collection, validation, research and dissemination of historical spatial and temporal record of natural disasters, with emphasis on occurrence and impacts.

2. Promote international protocol for observation and data exchange, including:
a. appropriate monitoring technologies
b. protocols for institutional and lay monitoring
c. protocols for non-classical observations
d. national information network for earth and environmental observation, with international sharing.

3. Encourage increased funding for applied and basic scientific research in natural processes and events and their impacts on society, with emphasis on monitoring, measurement, forecasting, documentation of impact, risk assessment, and mitigation,
a. giving full opportunity to new and emerging techniques, including non-linear methods
b. including wide collaboration among natural scientists, engineers, social scientists, public health and facility professionals, and others interested in the incidence and impact of natural disasters in society

4. Convene an international working group to plan a pilot programme for application of emerging earthquake-related technologies and to identify possible sites for such programmes.

5. Recognize natural hazards research as a distinct intelligent discipline for study and practice, which would be composed of natural scientists, engineers, social scientists, public health and public administration professionals.

6. Promote communication among technical and public administration professionals and the media, including
a. dissemination of scientific and technical practices, with emphasis on risk assessment and disaster mitigation techniques
b. development of outreach materials and activities for public awareness and education of both the physical phenomenon and how to prepare for and react when the event occurs
c. integration of scientific and technical practices with goals of sustainable development, acknowledging the importance of individual disasters, as well as the aggregate natural hazard.

7. Specifically for earthquake predictions, which are notoriously difficult to make, establish a working group to explore modalities for setting up a central location to receive such predictions throughout each yearlong period, with post facto annual review of the accuracy of such predictions in accordance with criteria. The annual review process can be organized by a international committee composed of relevant experts, with the results of the review process published annually in international journals (scientific, engineering and public administration), thereby tracking the development of successful of earthquake prediction for professionals involved in natural disaster reduction.

8. Organize cooperative sharing of information on approaches for monitoring, measurement and management of risk assessment techniques for the UN Global Programme with a wide variety of disciplinary professional societies, such as the International Union for Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG). Publish results of UN Global Programme activities in international journals for natural science, engineering, social science, education and public administration disciplines.

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