0950 GMT March 23, 2018
Deutsche Post DHL Group and UNDP are working with Iran’s airport and government authorities, representatives of humanitarian response experts to better prepare Iran’s airports for future natural disasters, unic-ir.org reported.
Airports are central to ensuring lifesaving support reach impacted communities in the most seamless and fastest way possible. In 2009, GARD was developed by Deutsche Post DHL Group in cooperation with the UNDP with the aim of preparing airports in disaster-prone areas to handle the surge of incoming relief goods after a calamity occurs.
It also enables the various organizations and aid agencies to better understand the processes at the airport in the aftermath of a disaster, which will help facilitate relief efforts and enhance overall coordination.
To date, GARD workshops have been held at more than 40 airports. Over 40 officials and experts will participate in the five-day GARD workshop in Tehran, starting today, which will be led by specialists from Deutsche Post DHL Group and UNDP. During the workshop, the participants and trainers will evaluate the current level of preparedness at the airport, conduct training exercises, and develop specific recommendations and an action plan that ensures Mehrabad International Airport is prepared for future disasters.
Iran, being situated in one of the most disaster-prone regions of the world, means it is highly susceptible to droughts, earthquakes, floods and industrial incidents. Forest fires and sand and dust storms increasingly affect different parts of the country. Iran’s main concern however continues to be seismic risk. Due to its particular location in the Alpine-Himalayan mountain system, the Islamic Republic of Iran is also highly vulnerable to numerous and often severe earthquakes such as the one that hit western parts of the country on 12 November 2017.