Kyrgyzstan is considered the Central Asian nation with the highest level of seismic risk. As part of efforts to confront and contribute to efforts to mitigate against the negative consequences of earthquakes, the World Bank (WB) is supporting a project involving a nationwide probabilistic seismic risk assessment. The project is coordinated by Over Arup & Partners International Ltd. (Arup), a major international engineering consultancy firm, with the consortium consisting of the Section 7.1 Centre for Early Warning Systems (Section 7.1) of GFZ, the Central Asian Institute for Applied Geosciences (CAIAG) in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan and the Global Earthquake Model (GEM) in Pavia, Italy.
The project is divided into 5 main components: developing the input datasets for the Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Assessment; exposure datasets and vulnerability functions; probabilistic and scenario-based seismic hazard and risk analysis; macro-level seismic risk reduction strategy; and communication and dissemination of the datasets and results. Section 7.1's role is to develop the datasets required for the seismic hazard and exposure analysis, undertake the risk assessment and to oversee the production of dissemination and information material