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August 28, 2017 09:31

A big thank you to all those checking REGINA!! It is a great honor for us to have so many comments and feedback!

I will respond to each and one of you as soon as I return and have stable internet connection!!

Best of all to all of you!

Comment on: Path To Knowledge
August 8, 2017 08:01

You're idea looks promising if there is a serious involvement by other major stakeholders as well (e.g ministries of education, local governments, telecommunication companies, sponsors, etc.).

Although it may not be applicable in the poorest areas, where not even energy is a public good there, it can surely benefit regions such as the Balkans.

What I can suggest you here is to promote it by avoiding raising arguments with the current educational systems (you know that competition in education can be extremely high).

Another possible idea but that depends on your planning is to have this "platform" widely available for mobile devices. As you probably know already, not many people own PCs but a large majority uses smartphones and tablets or other portable internet-linked devices daily, regardless their age, social/financial background .

All the best,

August 8, 2017 02:27

Dear Andrei,

Thank you for your comment

I am not familiar with another proposal exactly the same as ours, but then again I cannot exclude that.

We aim for low income communities living in rural territories; therefore, the final product must be as cheap as possible, as well as easy to establish, use and fix, not by experts but by the communities themselves.
Based on our research plan, the budget needed is not that much so it can be affordable by most of the affected populations. On more thing that it should be noticed is that our project is based on already established and other currently applied technologies.

The innovation of REGINA is the "marriage" of already existed renewable energy techniques with disaster response mechanisms. This is also one more reason our final project will be a low cost one.

I hope this answers your comment

Best Regards,

July 13, 2017 08:06

This is a wonderful idea.
I know that one of the greatest problems u will face is to convince the farmers to adopt to this idea but never lose hope. Working in similar field i face the same problems.

Protecting the wetlands and using the rainwater as an alternative water source are two of the main principles that all of us must follow.

I strongly wish you all the best.

Feel free to discuss with me any matter you may have.

Looking forward till 2028 (and hopefully before that)!!!
Regards!

July 13, 2017 07:53

Dear Job,

thank you for your message which I find very interesting.
Disasters do not care about race, color or religion. Indeed industrialized countries are better prepared but we hope to change this imbalance.

Since we know that resilience structures cost a lot, the goal of REGINA is to prevent a casualty disaster by warning the people as early as possible, while it provides them energy that is enough till the assistance arrives.
We hope to make a new strategy that actually "harvests" disasters to produce energy while it warns the people so they can evacuate on time.

Moreover, we know that there are many problems besides the educational in the low income communities, that is why we try to make the REGINA as low cost as possible and easy to use, so the local communities will be able to operate it on their own.

Simply, imagine it as a LEGO construction. When there is no disaster, the local communities will be using it for energy or store it. When there is a disaster it will be used as a warning tool (it should be established in advance) that again produces energy but mainly for emergency purposes. it will be designed simply so it can be transferred to other places as well (east to make it and pack it) and to be operational by the majority of people, not just by experts.

We will begin the project in Central America, where the conditions are far different than North America, we hope to expand it in Southeast Asia and surely we hope to establish this idea to Africa too.

The reason we promote this idea is because it will be suitable for most water based disasters, it will be low cost and easy to use, so it is proper for low income communities. We believe that the best assistance when it comes to disaster is the affected populations to be able to support themselves and not just wait, since their training is not sufficient.

Once again I really appreciate your comment and I hope REGINA to be a project in Africa too :)

Best Regards!!!

July 2, 2017 08:31

This is a great idea and I hope it can benefit all the people in need

You mainly mentioned however the governments which indeed are a major stakeholder but not the only one and for sure not the ones that need it.

How are you going to involve other stakeholders (e.g the actual people in developing cities, local private sector,etc.) in this and who will be responsible for all the operations, maintenance and production

Also, the idea is to run on a big scale?

Regards.

July 2, 2017 08:19

Dear Klinsmann Lee,

regarding to your comment, the team has already designed programs for disaster education and training for communities with no or poor education (Asia, Europe, Latin America).
In fact all the major partners are specialized in the field of disaster prevention especially for local communities.

The REGINA project is not just a system but a comprehensive program that will also teach and educate local communities based on their cultural characteristics, age and other characteristics.

The REGINA is aimed to be operated by the communities themselves; therefore, it is essential for them to be able to know how to use it. As a self activated device, the system will warn the people based on the level of disaster
(e.g. in case of critical torrential levels a "smart" gauge will measure the water level and accordingly will warn the people (by sirens, lights, recorded messages in their own languages, etc.).

It is vital along with the system, educational and training programs to be offered to the communities in order to shield their resilience against disasters.

thank you for your comment.

Comment on: Green Space
June 18, 2017 04:31

Dear Team GreenSpace,

Based on research data that are released by UN and other international;/regional organizations you will see that Mumbai is extremely vulnerable to natural disasters (floods and storm surges of 2005 for example) since it is one of the largest cities globally that is critically unprepared for high risk of flooding, storms, and drought.

Besides that, when it comes to natural disasters it is much better to invest in preparedness phase, as well as mitigation rather than the response and recovery.

I would recommend you to check the "Mumbai Disaster Risk Management Master Plan" and the "Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development". You could perhaps find them useful for your project.

Your idea is good and by promoting disaster preparedness policies in your project could boost it to higher levels. That's why I mention these as a friendly advice :)

All the best

June 17, 2017 17:02

Dear Ng Ching Tao,

thank you for your comment!

We do hope to contribute in disaster prevention and prepare the local communities of the rural areas in Central America with more "weapons" against the disasters they have to face annually.

It is very important to maintain sustainability not only for their society and economy but for the flora and fauna as well

June 17, 2017 16:59

This is a great idea and indeed it could help the communities in Africa to have sustainable growth.

Moreover, this could be applied in other continents as well. Looking forward to hear more updates from this idea.

Wishes for all the best