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Earthquakes and Megacities Initiative (EMI)

Organization Profile


EMI is an international non-profit scientific non-governmental organization dedicated to advancing urban disaster risk reduction knowledge, policy and practice. It serves as a catalyst for the delivery of scientific and technical knowledge to the end-users, focusing its efforts on developing capacity in megacities and other complex urban centers of the developing world where the effects of earthquakes and other hazards could be devastating to people, economy, culture, and environment.

Disaster Reduction Goal

- Enabling local authorities and local actors in mainstreaming DRR through a participatory scientific approach that makes efficient use of existing resources
- Fostering a constructive sharing of knowledge and responsibility between all stakeholders to develop solutions that are locally owned and sustained
- Educating all stakeholders in understanding and interpreting the hazards and risks involved in their city and in developing options to reduce these risks
- Improving knowledge and capacity for risk assessment and disaster risk management

Policies and Programmes in DRR

- Disaster risk management master planning
- Hazards, Vulnerability and Risk Assessments
- Building urban resiliency in critical services and infrastructure
- Risk-sensitive land use planning and urban (re) development
- Housing, Shelter and Slum risk reduction
- Legal and institutional arrangements for DRR
- International standards for Disaster/Emergency Management
- Indicators for Urban Resilience
- Training and capacity building

Membership in Key Networks

- Manages and maintains the Cluster Cities Project, which groups 20 megacities from around the world together with several academic and professional organizations
- Member of the U.N. Global Platform for DRR
- Member of the Partnership for Urban Risk Reduction (PURR)
- Member of the ISDR Asia Partnership
- Member of the Global Network for DRR

Making disaster risk reduction a policy priority, institutional strengthening

- Works with several countries and cities to help them put in place legal and institutional framework for DRR and to undertake institutional strengthening under the framework of mainstreaming and building urban resiliency

Risk assessment and early warning systems

Support local experts to undertake scientific risk assessment studies; supports the dissemination and sharing of risk assessment among stakeholders so that they can engage in DRR

Education, information and public awareness

A fervent advocates of urban and megacities DRR for more than a decade with a well-recognized agenda as contributor and facilitator. Supports a larger role in DRR for local governments and local actors. Maintains a website (www.emi-megacities.org) and a wiki platform (www.cityriskpedia.com) to share and disseminate knowledge

Reducing underlying risk factors

Through its disaster risk management master planning (DRMMP) model, EMI has helped the stakeholders of several megacities to rationalize the mainstreaming process and to develop ownership. The DRRM has resulted in major impact in introducing risk-sensitive land use planning in the Philippines and elsewhere; and in developing legal and institutional enabling environments

Preparedness for effective response

By developing methodology for the implementation of international standards for emergency management and developing capacity development programs to support stakeholders in adopting these standards, EMI has helped turn traditional response management into a tool for mainstreaming DRR

Other activities

Training program through the Natural Disaster Risk Management Program (NDRMP) run in partnership with the World Bank Institute;

Partnerships with local government organizations and with other NGO's

Making Cities Resilient Campaign Activities

Since 2009, EMI has participated in shaping the Resilient Cities campaign, developing a strategy and following-up on progress. EMI has foster city to city cooperation, including a city-to-city exchange between Makati and Kathmandu that focuses on risk-sensitive land use planning and land-pooling.
EMI members are represented at the Campaign Advisory Panel. EMI’s active participation in creating the Local Government Self Assessment Tool and the Handbook for Mayors has been of great value. EMI encourages city-to-city cooperation through their regular activities.

Disaster Risk Reduction Focal Point(s)




General contact information

  • URL: http://www.emi-megacities.org/
  • Address: 2F Puno Bldg. Annex, 47 Kalayaan Ave
  • Postal Code: 1101
  • City: Diliman, Quezon City
  • Country: Philippines
  • Telephone: +63 29279643
  • Fax: +63 29279643
  • Email: info@emi-megacities.org

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