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Armenian-French Cooperation in Seismic Protection Sphere Expands

16:22 / 12.02.2018

On February 12, RA Minister of Emergency Situations Davit Tonoyan received Jonathan Lacôte, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of France to Armenia and the delegation headed by Benedict Gilpart, Chief of the Department for Environmental Analysis and Control of the Atomic and Alternative Energy Commission (CEA).

During the visit, the results of bilateral cooperation between the RA MES Seismic Protection Survey and the Department of Environmental Analysis and Control (DASE), further development and expansion possibilities and events planned for 2018 were discussed.

The Armenian-French cooperation in seismological sphere has been launched since 2007, and a Memorandum of Understanding was signed with the Atomic and Alternative Energy Commissariat in 2011, which will continue until 2021. The seismic network of the RA MES Seismic Protection Survey has been expanded thanks to joint works, only last year 6 seismometers and 6 accelerometers were donated, earthquakes were being recorded and the ground movements were being fixed by the devices. The information received replenished the National Earthquake Database based on which Seismic Regime Analysis was conducted.

Highly appreciating the Armenian-French cooperation, ES Minister suggested to expand cooperation in the early warning and risk reduction in seismology, emphasizing the importance of joint scientific research in seismic hazard and seismic risk assessment, especially in the disaster risk reduction process.

Expressing satisfaction with the progress made by Armenia in seismic sphere as a result of cooperation, the French side expressed readiness to expand the cooperation field.

The parties also reached an agreement to continue the process of the specialists training and experience exchange.

ES Minister invited the French side to take part in the events entitled “Resilient Armenia” to be held from 5-7 December current year, and dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the Spitak earthquake. 

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