The SASPARM Final Workshop took place from 17 to 18 November 2014, in Nablus, Palestine. The European FP7 SASPARM – Support Action for Strengthening Palestinian-administrated Areas capabilities for seismic Risk Mitigation– project achieved its main objective of creating a globally competitive and experienced research infrastructure in the field of seismic risk mitigation and disaster management, under the coordination of the An-Najah National University.
Eucentre, together with the Institute for Advanced Study of Pavia (IUSS), supported the An-Najah National University in the organization of training activities for Palestinian practitioners, researchers and students, ensuring the development of an earthquake engineering centre in Palestine prepared to respond to the needs of the local community.
The European Commission recognised the excellent results of the SASPARM project and recently announced that a new proposal, presented in DG ECHO scheme and named SASPARM 2.0, has been selected for funding. SASPARM 2.0 represents a strategic avenue and a comprehensive advancement of the post-SASPARM context. Its core is the development of a web portal where Palestinian citizens, students, practitioners and stakeholders will be able to input and manage data concerning buildings and the related seismic risk.