Participant 2015 Guler


Yasemin Guler

is a Lead Environmental Inspector in the Environmental Inspection and Management Unit of Provincial Directorate of Environment and Urbanization in Kocaeli, Turkey. She is currently a master student in Kocaeli University (Environmental Engineering Department). She got her first bachelor degree in Environmental Engineering then she continued her studies in International Relations and received her second degree.

Currently, She is focused on SEVESO Directive (Major industrial accidents involving dangerous chemicals) and selected and trained as one of the 40 SEVESO trainer. Having completed all modules, she is responsible to guide and train all the related stakeholders in her region. That’s why, she is giving an important place among her future plans for environmental hazards. There are about 80 upper tier SEVESO sites in Kocaeli. Moreover, it is a high risk earthquake zone. Many residences/houses and industrial facilities were damaged in the earthquake in 1999 (which was also followed by a tsunami), one of them was also a refinery, a SEVESO site. Damage by earthquake in the refinery was a risk for region. Also, experts have a prediction about a massive earthquake will be in the region in immediate future. Environmental safety is an important issue for her country.

Also she is a member of a commission established by Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency in her province. Objectives of commission are risk management, pre-disaster plan and, investigation and mitigation of the hazards. She wants to increase her knowledge in natural hazards and risks. She attended a summer school named “Bridging ICTs and Environment – Innovations in Disaster Risk Management” in Budapest in July. It was her first step related to natural hazards. As a second step, and critical point in her career, she would participate in the Potsdam Summer School. This summer school would be very useful for her to integrate her knowledge in natural and industrial hazards. She would like to have the opportunity to exchange ideas with international experts and other participants.