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Regional Working Group — Mediterranean


  • Dr. Anver Ghazi
    Head of Biodiversity and Global Change
    Natural and Technological Hazards, the European Commission


  • The body considered ways of developing Regional Disaster Information Networks and disaster databases of use to the Mediterranean, as well as useful databases to allow easy, reliable contacts with disaster managers in the region.

Deliverables at GDIN2001, Canberra, Australia. March 2001:

  1. Blueprint for a Regional Disaster Information Network for the Mediterranean Region.
  2. Database of national level disaster management offices in the Mediterranean.
  3. Establish a MEDIN Working Group within GDIN.
  4. Establish a MEDIN node on the GDIN Website.
  5. Compile more detailed observations and comments submitted during the workshop and place them on the Website with the Concept Paper and this Synopsis.
  6. Prepare a contact list, including experts from other Med Basin countries who were unable to attend the workshop.
  7. Inventory relevant programs and databases for the Med region.
  8. Organize follow-on workshop(s) to be held in the Med region, before Canberra 2001. Potential topics, locations, venues, and dates are being discussed.
  9. Develop proposals for case studies to demonstrate current and/or prospective networking in support of a MEDIN.
  10. Pilot Project for Albania.
  11. Plan for engaging southern Mediterranean nations.

Original Participants

  • Fernando R. Echavarria
    Space and Advanced Technology Staff, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, (OES/SAT)
    U.S. Department of State, SA-1, Suite H228
    2401 E Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20522-0111
    Phone: (202) 663-2395 Fax: (202) 663-2402
  • Dr. Laura Alfonsi
    National Institute of Geophysics, Rome Earthquake Research - MEDNET
  • Dr. Dijillali Benouar
    University of Algiers
  • Dr. Hendrik Bruins
    Institute for Desert Research, Ben-Gurion University, Israel Global and Regional Water, Food Security, Desertification
  • Dr. Fernando Echavarria
    Remote Sensing Expert, US Department of State
  • Polat Gulkan
    Director of Disaster Management research Center, METU
  • Lori Dando
    Policy Advisor, US Department of State (Co-Coordinator)
  • Dr. Anver Ghazi
    DG-XII, European Community EC Research Programs for the Mediterranean (E.C.) (Co-Coordinator)
  • Dr. Alain Jubier
    NATO Scientific Affairs Division NATO Science Programs/Including Med Countries
  • Dr. Antonio Navarra
    National Institute of Geophysics, Rome Mediterranean Forecasting System/Pilot Program
  • Dr. Joanna Papoulia
    Research Seismologist, National Center for Marine Research, Athens POESIDEN Buoy Program
  • Mr. Yaacov Paran
    Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel
  • Professor Hussein Guler
    Project Coordinator, General Directorate of Disaster Affairs

  • Dr. Benouar Djillali
    Eng.BSc, M.Sc, Ph.D, DIC, Maître de Conférences, Associate Member of the Third World Academy of Science Expert to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
  • Preliminary List of Experts Involved in MEDIN (16K pdf)

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