“A Collaborative Multi-Agency Platform for Building Resilient Communities-MOBILISE” project, funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) in UK, is developing a digital infrastructure that can offer intelligence to a range of agencies to work together to reduce the impact of natural disasters on communities.

It aims to address the priority number two of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015-2030) which is to strengthen disaster risk governance to manage disaster risk and also contributes to the remaining three priorities. Furthermore the MOBILISE project addresses three recommendations specified by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN/ESCAP) which are (a) Urban resilience which needs urgent attention; (b) Capitalising on innovative space technology applications and emerging technologies; and (c) Political leadership for the success of disaster risk reduction and management. The MOBILISE project will directly contribute to three UN Sustainable Development Goals: Sustainable Cities and Communities (SDG 11), Partnerships for the Goals (SDG 17) and Industry Innovation and Infrastructure (SDG 9).

Project Aims and Objectives:

The MOBILISE Sarawak 4.0 aims to bring together leading academic scientists from UK and Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Pakistan (MOBILISE Consortium), researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Disaster Management (DM) and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) program.

It also provides an interdisciplinary platform for the Government of Malaysia (policymakers), State Disaster Management Committee (JPBN), military, DM practitioners, community leaders, and Non-governmental associations (Charitable organisations) to discuss, present and share their most recent best practices, innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Disaster Management (DM) and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) program in Sarawak, Malaysia.

  • To explore Multi-Agency Collaboration Model for Building Resilient Communities in Malaysia.
  • To discover Resilience Frameworks that can measure resilience in Malaysia.
  • To identify and develop digital approaches that can enhance the Multi-Agency Collaboration Platform for Building Resilient Communities in Malaysia.
  • To provide a digital humanitarian platform such as social media & real-time intelligence gathering to support disaster response.
  • To develop a 3D visualization of real-time satellite data for constructing live disaster events to support disaster response.

Project Funding:

The THINKlab, University of Salford, UK received research funding (£1.2 million) from the Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF, UK and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council(EPSRC) to develop a Collaborative Multi-Agency Platform that can be used for building resilient communities in disaster-prone areas in the Low and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs), namely Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Malaysia.

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