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Francisco Jodar exposed to international experts how the recovery of Lorca after the earthquake can serve as an example for building smart cities (21/01/2015)

The Mayor of Lorca speaker at the International Forum on Smart Cities, with the sponsorship of the United Nations, to show how this city has responded effectively to the challenge generated by a major disaster.

The Mayor of Lorca, Francisco Jodar has exhibited today in the International Forum on Smart Cities being developed in Santander example of recovery and rebuilding our city after the earthquake of 2011, that "although we did suffer, also has us allowed to learn from experience, improving disaster response and initiate a process of urban renewal only nationally, modernizing entire neighborhoods, surface and subsurface, with criteria of efficiency, accessibility and sustainability. "

This is the most outstanding event in the panorama of resilience and determination of sustainability criteria for the design of so-called Smart Cities, with the sponsorship of the United Nations.

We are talking about a meeting that focuses the interest of the scientific community worldwide, with a reputed expert committee advisors personalities like Carlos Moreno (Scientific Advisor to the President of COFELY INEO, GDFSUEZ group), Gilles Berhaut (President Club France Sustainable Development Committee 21) and Alain Costes (Member of the Academy of Tecnologíasy Chairman of the Scientific Council of the InnaBioSanté Foundation).

The example of overcoming constitutes Lorca as a city that has responded effectively to the challenge of rebuilding after a major disaster, as was the case with the earthquakes of 2011, has been selected to present the main lessons and conclusions which can help provide solutions to other cities that may be affected by disasters as happened in this town.

In fact Lorca example is being highlighted by international institutions as a role model.

So much so that Lorca has been distinguished as the most recent examples, with Damir Cémerin award from the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the UN, Margareta Wahlström, within the framework of the V Meeting of the European Forum for Risk Reduction Disaster for the answer to care for older people after the earthquake, and the Office of the United Nations Reducing Disaster Risk stressed Lorca as a model of resilience, being included in the cast of resilient cities.

The Mayor has indicated that the experience of the emergency management of earthquakes has been instrumental in updating emergency plans homes and social centers for the elderly, as well as establishing new training plans tailored to the higher in self-protection measures and first aid.

Francisco Jodar has made along a route presentation on the impact of earthquakes and their consequences in the short and long term, but with special emphasis on the decisions and actions successfully developed which allowed to act diligently few problems generated the earthquakes.

Similarly, and based on the conclusions drawn in the First Day Resilient Lorca in November, we have analyzed the lessons learned about conflict resolution and the state of emergency to a natural disaster.

Therefore, it has drawn a global vision that offers insights on lessons learned from different areas: professional, emergency, educational, political, voluntary, police, military, etc.

Finally, Jódar entered the process of reconstruction and regeneration of the town of Lorca, which analyzed as an example of a smart city foundation starring future urban quality resources for residents to impact on a better quality of life as socially and environmentally.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Lorca

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