1. Background


The Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road (simply called “the Belt and Road” or “Silk roads”) covers more than 70 countries and 4.4 billion people (63% of the world). Due to the active underlying geological structure, rapid tectonic uplift, and the obvious climate differences, natural hazards (e.g., earthquakes, landslides, and debris flows etc.) occur frequently along the Silk Road Economic Belt. Moreover, due to climate changes and active submarine earthquakes, natural hazards (e.g., typhoons, tropical storm surges, and tsunamis) along the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road have been attracting increasing attention.

These frequently occurring natural hazards along "the Belt and Road" seriously affect the security and social development of multiple nations. It is thus necessary to conduct fundamental research on hazard mechanisms to provide scientific guidance for natural hazards prevention, construction of major infrastructure, and disaster relief with high efficiency and precision.


More importantly, most of countries along the “Belt and Road” are underdeveloped with relative weak anti-disaster ability. The frequent occurrence of natural disasters in this region greatly impacted on the livelihood and security of local residents, as well as the economic and social development. Disaster prevention and risk reduction is the challenge which all the countries along the line are facing together. It is also the basic insurance for regional sustainable development and prosperity. The implementation of international joint study would enhance the disaster prevention and control ability and guarantee the livelihood security of the countries along the line. It would help realize the butt joint with The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in some extents to make them practicable and promote the continuously stable and sustainable development of these developing countries. Based on this background, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China Association for Science and Technology, Ministry of Emergency Management of the People’s Republic of China and United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) will jointly host the International Conference on Silk Roads Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development in Beijing, April 2019.


2. Conference Theme


International Conference on Silk-roads Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development


Specific seminars and session:

The methods and technologies of natural disaster formative environments  and disaster information accumulation

The mechanism and formation process of natural disasters

The natural disaster risk assessment

The technology of natural disasters monitoring and early warning systems

The prevention and treating countermeasures for natural disasters

Major engineering construction and the disaster risk prevention

The natural disaster emergency management and post-disaster reconstruction

The international synergistic disaster reduction mechanism for cross-border disasters

The sustainable development along Silk roads

More seminars are well welcomed


3. Important dates

May, 2018                        First announcement

July, 2018                        Second announcement and open Early Registration

September, 2018            Open Normal Registration

March, 2019                    Registration Closed

April, 2019                       Conference and academic communication seminars


4. Venue

Beijing (details need to be further confirmed and announced)


5. Conference Form and Scale

The International Conference on Silk Roads Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development secretariat would invite the representatives from all the hosts, organizers and co-organizers, and famous experts and researcher from all continents to participate in the conference. The conference will be made up of plenary session and symposium. Its overall scale is about 300 people.


6. Call for Papers

The paper should focus on the conference theme and seminar topics. The submitted paper should be the advanced research achievement which has never been published officially. Those which have been judged and admitted will be recorded in Proceeding of International Conference on Silk Roads Disaster Risk Reduction and Sustainable Development and even recommended to the relevant international journals, like Journal of Mountain Sciences (SCI) etc.


7. Host and Organizer


Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

China Association for Science and Technology

Ministry of Emergency Management of the People’s Republic of China

Associated Faculties of United Nations



Institute of Mountain Hazard and Environment, CAS

Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS

Beijing Normal University, China

China Railway Eryuan Engineering Group CO. LTD (CREEC)

China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC)

More Organizers are well welcomed


8. Secreariat and Contact

Secretary General: Professor Xiaoqing Chen

Contact person

Dr. Xiaoqing Chen         Dr. Gordan G. D. Zhou     Dr. Chaojun Ouyang    

Email:xqchen@imde.ac.cn   Email:gordon@imde.ac.cn   Email:cjouyang@imde.ac.cn

Tel:13008104468          Tel:13980660182          Tel:15928089209