Silk-road Disaster Risk Reduction

Principal Investigator
Advisory Committee
International Coordinative Office

Principal Investigator

Prof. CUI Peng.

Academician (Member) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Co-Director General of China-Pakistan Joint Research Center on Earth Sciences, Professor of Institute of Geographical Sciences and Resources and Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

Prof. Peng CUI, is an expert in physical geography and disaster risk reduction. His research interests involve geo-hazards, erosion and sediment yield, fluvial geomorphology. He has been engaged in geo-hazards for decades and obtained acknowledged achievements in debris-flow mechanism and disaster risk management. He currently leads an international research program of Silk Road Disaster Risk Reduction (SiDRR) which is supported by CAS for the regional and global actions on disaster risk reduction and sustainable development. He has been long devoted to disaster risk reduction both in China and abroad, collaborating with countries including Italy, Pakistan, Nepal, India, Thailand, Venezuela and Cuba and developed a series of risk reduction technologies. The techniques have been successfully applied to the mega debris-flow event in Venezuela (1999), the large dammed lake in Pakistan (2010), the earthquake in Nepal (2015) and the geo-hazards along the Karakoram Highway in Pakistan (2018). He has published more than 300 journal papers, obtained 20 patents of disaster mitigation technology, and won ‘the Distinguished Researcher Award’ of WASWAC.

Advisory Committee

SiDRR Advisory Committee is structured with a group of eight eminent experts with expertise in disaster risk and sustainable development and familiarity with international network development in (and not limited to) the Silk Road area. They are from six countries of Asia, Europe, Africa and America.

The Sudanese member of UNESCO’s Executive Board
Full Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Khartoum
Deliang CHEN
August Röhss Professor, University of Gothenburg
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
Foreign Members of the Chinese Academy of Science
Executive Director of the International Council for Science (ICSU) (2009-2012)

Qunli HAN

Current Executive Director of IRDR
Former Secretary of the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Program and Director of the Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences, UNESCO
Chack-fan LEE
Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering
Chairman of the Board of the Hong Kong Institute for Promotion of Chinese Culture and the Jao Tsung-I Academy Management Board
Director of the Jao Tsung-I Petite Ecole
Member of the Commission on Strategic Development
Mohammad Qasim JAN
ANSO Vice-President
Professor Emeritus at the National Centre of Excellence in Geology, University of Peshawar
Secretary General of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences, and of the Association of the Academies of Sciences in Asia
Fellow of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS)
Wolfgang KRON
Head of Research, Hydrological Hazards, Geo Risks Research, Munich Reinsurance Company, Munich (2008-2018)
Advisor, UN High-Level Experts and Leaders Panel on Water and Disaster (HELP)
Member of German Association of Water Resources and Land Improvement (DWA), German Society for Hydrological Sciences
Linxiu ZHANG
Director, UN Environment- International Ecosystem Management Partnership (UNEP-IEMP)
Fellow of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS)
Former Director and current Professor and Researcher of the Institute of Geography at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)
Member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences
Young Affiliate Fellow of the Academy of Sciences for the developing world (TWAS)
Vice-President of the International Consortium on Landslides (ICL)

International Coordinative Office

The SiDRR International Coordinative Office (ICO) is located in Chengdu, China and is hosted by the Institutes of Mountain Hazards and Environment (IMHE) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

If you are interested in the work that the SiDRR does please contact our ICO at:

Dr. LEI Yu, SiDRR Program Officer, SiDRR ICO