Landslides On Job Training in Azerbaijan


On April 9-10, 2014 PPRD East Programme in close cooperation with the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Azerbaijan organized an On-Job Training in premises of the Academy of the Ministry of Emergencies of Azerbaijan. The two-day PPRD East event took place in the capital city of Baku.

Notwithstanding the fact that the event was planned to be an on-job training, which is usually aimed to have 5-10 participants with laptops available, who listen to the presentations of experts, and afterwards do exercises to show the level of content uptake, the event outdid its preliminary planned format. The reason of that was that there were many more people, interested in the topic of the training, therefore, the PPRD East expert team decided to extend it and conduct it in the format of the workshop with experts’ presentations, followed by questions from the audience with an opportunity for every participant to take part in the discussions. Over 40 participants took part in the training and highly evaluated the event organization, as well as its friendly atmosphere.


Two European high level experts have been invited to make presentations and answer any questions the auditorium might have –  they were Ms. Eleftheria Poyiadji from Greece, who is M.Sc. Engineering Geologist, Acting Director of Engineering Geology Section of the National Center of Sustainable Development, Institute of Geology and Mineral Exploration, and Mr. Gerardo Herrera from Spain, representing the Earth Observation and Geohazards Expert Group (EOEG), EuroGeoSurveys, the Geological Surveys of Europe, Geohazards InSAR laboratory and modeling group, Geological Survey of Spain (IGME).


The training expert group managed to cover in an interesting and engaging manner the following topics: “Landslides: Classification – Causes”, “Landslides remote sensing: satellite and ground based SAR systems”, “Mitigation measures”, “Landslide numerical models: finite element models”, “Field Monitoring of Landslides”, “Landslides assessment in Europe: a review of recent projects”, “Landslides in Multi-hazard evaluation”,  “Climate changes and their impact on landslide hazard”, “FP7 DORIS: an advanced downstream service for the detection, mapping, monitoring and forecasting of ground deformations”, “Legislation related to Geohazards”, “FP7 LAMPRE: Landslide modelling and tools for vulnerability assessment preparedness and recovery management”, as well as discussed landslides in Azerbaijan, Spain and Greece.


Ms. Poyiadji and Mr. Herrera were very excited to answer all the questions and share their experience with the respective participants during the training. From the list of topic covered, one can make a conclusion that the problem of landslide processes has been examined from many perspectives, and we are sure that no one of the auditorium left the training without understanding of what a landslide is and how dangerous and harmful it can be. Let’s stand together for the safe and resilient world.