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Makati, Philippines (April 29, 2016) DSC04683-1.JPG

Upon request of the Manila Observatory, and in collaboration with the SM Prime Property Company and the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF), the International Recovery Platform/Asian Disaster Reduction Center (IRP/ADRC) facilitated an orientation workshop on pre-disaster recovery planning (PDRP), 29 April 2016 at the Asian Institute of Management, Makati City, Philippines. The event gathered about 90 recovery decision-makers, planners, and implementers from public and private sectors, including civil society, scientific community, academe, media, and representatives of local communities to learn the essence of pre-disaster recovery planning. The composition of participants  was diverse to effectively simulate the PDRP exercise and to facilitate complementarity of recovery support functions.

The workshop explored various approaches of formulating a PDRP based on existing tools and experiences, including strategies, actions, and case studies from global experiences and highlighting Japan's pre-disaster recovery agreements as observed during the recovery from the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake 1995, the Great East Japan Earthquake 2011, and the Kumamoto Earthquake 2016. The importance of the PDRP was emphasized by prominent speakers, namely: Ms. Antonia Loyzaga of the Manila Observatory, Ms. Liza Silerio of the SM Prime, Mr. Guillermo Luz of the PDRF, Gen. Alexander Pama of the Office of Civil Defense, and Ms. Remedios Endencia of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA). The speakers generally recognized that PDRP is essential because all governments and communities face similar organizational and policy issues in a disaster recovery (e.g. governance, financial management, effective operations, redevelopment standards, infrastructure, transportation, health, and livelihoods), so it pays to plan in advance. Firstly, it increases the "speed" of recovery when all stakeholders (i.e. multi-sectoral, multi-disciplinary, and inter-ministerial/departmental) plan in advance. It facilitates coordinated planning and implementation that minimizes uncertainties, overlaps, and bottlenecks. Secondly, it builds stronger relationship among all stakeholders that limits poor decision taken under post-disaster stress. It prepares stakeholders' full participation in recovery - making it easy to engage and reach a risk-informed decision. Finally, it establishes beforehand the modalities for financing recovery process, including pre-agreements and contracting services.

Using the Metro Manila earthquake scenario shared by Dr. Renato Solidum of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), the workshop came up with two main outputs. One was a Checklist for Pre-Disaster Recovery Planning and the other was  a Template on Pre-Agreement  for Disaster Recovery. As way forward, the participants agreed to scale up discussions on PDRP with National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) and explore the options for pre-agreements in disaster recovery, rehabilitation, and reconstruction.

   (2016/04/29 14:40)

(20-22 March 2016, Manila, Philippines)

20216_PEER_REVIEW.JPGSince 2009, ADRC has been conducting DRR Policy Peer Reviews to help develop DRR capacity of  ADRC-member countries by promoting information sharing and strengthening of relationships among member countries.
The project adopted this year, the seventh year since the beginning, is a cooperative project titled "Nationwide Promotion of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction" undertaken by the government of Philippines in collaboration with ADRC.
The reviewer team visited Manila 20-22 March , examined the progress of the cooperative project and provided their advice on it.

The theme of the review in Philippines include drawing up of education materials and awareness raising activities. The purpose of the cooperative project under the review is effective awareness raising of the SFDRR targeting those responsible for disaster reduction in the national and sub-national governments and in the private sector.
For this purpose, ADRC requested two peer reviewers to visit Philippines : Dr. Satoru Nishikawa, Executive Director of Research, Japan Center for Area Development Research, Japan , former Executive Director of ADRC, who has been deeply involved in the development of SFDRR, Dr. Raditya DJati, Deputy Director for Disaster Prevention, National Disaster Management Authority BNPB, Indonesia. Mr. Kazuhito Ueda, ADRC Researcher joined the mission as well from  ADRC.

The reviewer team, together with the Office of Civil Defense in Philippines as the counterpart, organized a workshop on 21st March in Manila, targeting officials from the relevant government organizations and shared and discussed lessons learnt from the disasters in Japan that had facilitated elaborating SFDRR, key elements for the effective promotion of dissemination, and disasters and challenges facing Indonesia and policies adapted to them to promote SFDRR.

Office of Civil Defense in Philippines presented their idea of designing the awareness raising material including brochure and poster, and the country report used as the background material, on which the reviewers gave their comments and advices.

This project aims to provide a mutual learning process among ADRC member countries so that peer reviewer countries as well as the reviewed country could learn with each other throughout the peer review process. The reviewer team will submit a report to the reviewed country and .Philippines will then provide a final report that will be shared with ADRC member countries.

ADRC would like to express its sincerest gratitude to all of those who have made important contributions to this project.

(2016/03/20 19:30)

Before opening, participants dedicated one minute silence for the victims of Kaohsiung Earthquake on February 6th, 2016, in Taiwan as well as those by the other natural disasters since the last EPWG meeting last year. The meeting was opened by welcoming remarks by General A.Murgueytio, Institutional Chief of the National Institute of Civil Defense, INDIECI, Peru followed by opening remarks by two newly elected co-chairs, one from Viet num and another from Japan, ED of ADRC. The focus of the meeting was placed first on the draft 2016 work plan that was agreed on the second day, and then draft action plan to implement APEC disaster Risk Reduction Framework(DRRF) that had been endorsed last October by SDMOF and adopted by APEC Economic Leaders to facilitate collective work in building adaptive and disaster-resilient economies facing increasing frequency, magnitude and scope of natural disasters. The meeting reviewed also the Intersessional works undertaken in 2015 and discussed diverse cross fora activities. On 29 February 2016, the annual meeting of the SOM Steering Committee on ECOTECH Committee of the Whole (SCE-COW) was held in Lima as well.

(2016-02-20 12:30)

ADRC participated in the meeting named above, which was organized by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), the Disaster Management Center (DMC) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) from 19 to 21 January 2016 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The meeting was attended by 70 participants including representatives of satellite agencies, disaster management organizations and academic institutions in Japan. The meeting primarily consisted of the following.

・Situation report of Sentinel Asia
・Sentinel Asia Step 3 Evolution Progress Report
・Local Hosts' Special Session
・Emergency Observation Activity (EoR) Activities in 2015
・Project Management Report
・Mitigation and Preparation Report
・Working Group
・Emergency Response Report
・Implementation Plan 2016

 ADRC gave two presentations, covering the activation of emergency observations and the satisfaction of system users based on a questionnaire survey, and new emergency observation request format conducted on Sentinel Asia.

(2016/1/21 18:30)
ADRC and the Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) as observer had above meeting at the Ministry of Education in Malaysia on 23 December 2015. The purpose of this meeting was to confirm a detailed schedule and contents of lecture which will be held at the end of March 2016 in target school.
(2015/12/25 18:30)
ADRC participated in this meeting which was co-organized by the Indonesian Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education (RISTEK-DIKTI), the Indonesian National Institute of Aeronautics Space (LAPAN), the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). It was held from November 30 to December 4 2015 in Bali, Indonesia and was attended by 453 participants and 10 international organizations, mainly Asia-Pacific regional space agencies, from 30 countries and regions.

Meeting Overview
Day 1: The Sentinel Asia Initiative Tsunami Working Session. After the presentations on "Moving Toward Sentinel Asia Step3 and the Purpose of the Tsunami WG" and "Sentinel Asia's Contributions to Tsunami Disasters," opinions were exchanged on the future activities of the WG. 
Days 2-3: Meetings were held by the four working groups: Groups-Space Applications, Space Technology, Space Environment Utilization, and Space Education. ADRC participated in the Space Applications WG, which featured presentations and the exchange of opinions on the following topics:
- Environmental Ocean Monitoring
- Sentinel Asia Session
- Geostationary Satellite Applications
- Agriculture Applications
- Forestry & Water Resources Applications
- Regional Cooperation
Day 4: Opening remarks, Country Reports, and three Special Sessions on Space and Maritime Applications, Synergies in Space, Regional Cooperation in Space Exploration.
Day 5: A presentation about Space Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific Region and summary reports by working group.

ADRC gave two presentations at this conference: (1) "The Role of ADRC in Sentinel Asia" at the Space Applications Working Group on Day 2 and (2) an introduction to ADRC and cooperation with disaster management organizations in the Special Session on Synergies in Space on Day 4.

(2015/12/18 18:30)
14-18 December 2015, Bangkok, Thailand
"Applying SBT and ICT to Strengthen Disaster Resilience" funded by ADB for 18 months in 4 countries has been launched with regional kick-off meeting on 14-18 December 2015 at AIT, Thailand. 
International and National consultants of the project participated in the OSM (Open Street Map) workshop to learn the OSM concept, how to use, good practices. Also participants joined OSM exercise in the field of AIT. On 16-17 December, national delegates also participated in the regional kick-off meeting. During the meeting, the project briefing was done by ADB, then contributions from each international consulting firm (AIT, ADRC, RESTEC, PASCO, Geo Things), current situations in each pilot project country (Armenia, Bangladesh, Fiji, Philippines) were explained, and project targets in each country were discussed. And the relations between the project and the Sentinel Asia program was explained.
The kick-off meeting at the national level will be held during February to April 2016. Dr. Ogawa, former Executive Director, and Mr. ARAKIDA, Senior Researcher will be in charge from ADRC.


  ADRC participated in the "Asian Leaders' meeting towards implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction in Asia", and the "2nd ISDR Asia Partnership (IAP) meeting of 2015" , held during 17-19 November 2015, New Delhi, India.
On the first day in the morning, the "Asian Leaders' meeting towards implementation of the SFDRR in Asia", a senior level meeting took place, which was attended many political leaders in Asia. 1511.JPG
  Shri Kiren Rijiju, Hon'ble Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Government of India opened and set the context of the meeting in his welcome remark, followed by a keynote address by Ms. M. Wahlstrom, UN Special Representative of the Secretary.  Senior level representatives from seven countries including AMCDRR host countries in the past and in the future, then delivered their statement on their experience and way forward; People's Republic of China, Republic of Korea, Indonesia, Royal Thai Government, Mongolia, Japan and Afghanistan.
  Mr. F. Matsumoto, State Minister of Cabinet Office, Government of Japan, hosting the 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, expressed their gratitude to the wide participation in the Conference in Sendai and their strong will to support the international community in implementing the SFDRR, in particular, by providing know-how to develop indicators and to strengthen governance. Minister Matsumoto stressed also further collaboration with ADRC and other regional organizations by highlighting the ACDR2016 in Phuket in February 2016. He also encouraged supporting the UN resolution designating the World Tsunami Day by referring to their projects of awareness raising to reduce the damages of Tsunami in Asia. Shri Rajnath Singh, Hon'ble Union Home Minister, India also attended the meeting and expressed his strong hope that the meeting would set the policy directions towards the AMCDRR in 2016.
  In the afternoon, the first session of the IAP meeting focused on the AMCDRR in 2016. After the introduction of the agenda by Ms. Kan, Head, UNISDR Asia Pacific office, Ms.Wahlstrom gave her key note, encouraging political commitment to implementing SFDRR in Asia, followed by an update from the host country and presentations by member countries, and those by regional organizations. ADRC reported about its major activities after Sendai and encouraged a wide participation in the ACDR 2016.
  Morning session of the second day was focused on the Asian regional plan. A series of presentations to facilitate regional planning was made including those on  monitoring of the SFDRR, and indicator.  In the afternoon, participants discussed in one of the three groups aiming to provide inputs to develop the Regional Plan. Sector by sector implementation of SFDRR was also spotlighted as well after the coffee break.
  The last day started with a panel discussion on local implementation of SFDRR attended by the participants from sub-national governments including Ms. Y. Ito, Vice Mayor of Sendai city, Japan. Three parallel sessions in the afternoon continued to discuss local implementation by focusing on assessment of local risk and resilience, local DRR strategies and plans, and inclusive and community-managed approaches, the outcome of which was shared at the final plenary.

ADRC participated in an APEC workshop focusing on big data and open data application to emergency preparedness, as a co-chair of EPWG. The workshop was attended by more than 20 participants from APEC economies, universities and research organizations including Chile, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, Singapore, Thailand, the United States and Vietnam.
The workshop was opened by a statement by Mr. Chien, Deputy Minister of Ministry of Science and Technology of Chinese Taipei, followed by a keynote by Mr. Stone, Assistant Administrator for National Continuity Programs, Federal Emergency Management Agency U.S. Department of Homeland Security, focusing on "Best Practices for Alert and Warning Systems, Leveraging Public Private Partnership". Another keynote was then delivered by Dr. Li, Co-Chair of EPWG and Secretary General, National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction on topic of Enhancing Regional Digital Preparedness on Natural Hazards - The Application of Science and Technology in DRR Decision-Making."
ADRC attended the first two sessions on the 1st day. Session 1: "Big datasets for disaster risk reduction"  highlighted some best practices of the digital emergency preparedness, in preparing and collecting big dataset to mitigate adverse impacts brought by disasters. In the session 2: "Regional projects to improve digital emergency preparedness", ADRC reported , after summerising recent government policy development on big data and open data in general, about diverse efforts in Japan to strengthen institutional information sharing among the relevant ministries regarding disaster relief activities.Three sessions as follows took place as well: (3) Practical applications of big data or
open data, (4) Synergies with industry, private sector and crowd sourcing, and (5) Challenges to embrace the new trend. Data collections are the basic digital emergency preparedness to mitigate adverse impacts brought by disasters.

(2015/09/18 12:30)

13 - 15 October, 2015 (Thailand)

As the secretariat of Sentinel Asia, ADRC participated in a meeting jointly organized by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), and ADRC. It was held from 13 to 15 October 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand and was attended by representative of satellite agencies, academic institutions, and disaster management organizations across Asia. The meeting primarily covered the following topics.

[Day 1]
After a presentation on the contributions of Sentinel Asia activities to disaster management in the Asia-Pacific region, opinions were exchanged on the development of Sentinel Asia Step 3 and on the role of the Steering Committee in its development. 

[Day 2]
After a presentation on Sentinel Asia Step 3 implementation strategies, opinions were actively exchanged regarding the following topics.
• Strengthening cooperation between disaster management organizations (DMO) and space/GIS organizations (SGO)
• Evolution of working group activities to strengthen cooperation between DMOs and SGOs and thus contribute to disaster preparedness, as well as disaster response and recovery
• Emergency observation scenarios that include the stages of preparedness and early warning as well as post-disaster emergency response and recovery 
• Rapid provision of data to end users through the effective use of observation results and the strengthening of cooperation with analyzing institutions.

[Day 3]
The closing session included an explanation of the 2016 strategy plan and a summary of the meeting. ADRC gave three presentations at this conference on the following topics: (1) EOR and Emergency Observation Procedures Using Sentinel Asia, (2) The Role of ADRC in Sentinel Asia, and (3) Sentinel Asia Emergency Observation Trends.

(2015/10/28 18:30)

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