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Activity Report

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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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ADRC had a meeting regarding the "Promotion of Disaster Education in Schools" project with the Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) in October 2015. Project members discussed the current situation related to disaster education in Malaysia. Also next programs were confirmed in this meeting. 
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Manila, Philippines (19-21 August 2015)

The International Recovery Platform / Asian Disaster Reduction Center (IRP / ADRC) HAD supported the organization of the Workshop on "Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation into Development Policies and Planning", 19-21 August 2015 at the Discovery Suites, Pasig City, Philippines by dispatching a resource person. The workshop was spearheaded by the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) of the Philippines with support from the Global Education and Training Institute of the UNISDR (GETI), a member of IRP along with ADRC .

With the participation of 25 high-level government officials and representatives from local NGOs, the workshop was an occasion to review the draft indicators for monitoring the global progress of implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. The workshop was also an opportune time for the Philippine Government to align its existing National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Plan 2011-2028 (NDRRMP) with the priorities for action of the Sendai Framework. To facilitate greater understanding of the priorities for action, IRP / ADRC provided case studies from around the globe. In particular, the case studies focused on: (a) policies and practices for disaster risk management along all dimensions of vulnerability, capacity, exposure of persons and assets, hazard characteristics, and environment priority; (b) disaster risk governance at the national, regional , and global levels; (c) public and private investment in disaster risk prevention and reduction through structural and non-structural measures to enhance economic, social, health, and cultural resilience; and (d) disaster preparedness for effective response and to build back better in recovery, rehabilitation, and reconstruction.

Ou tputs of the Workshop included: (a) NDRRMC's recommendations to the Process of Developing the indicators to Monitor the Progress of Implementing the Sendai Framework, and (b) NDRRMC's Action Plan to align the current National disaster Risk Reduction Management plan with the priorities of the Sendai Framework. It was observed that the current indicators are focused on assessing policies and legislation. Hence, it was recommended that indicators should also capture existing program, schemes, and activities along the four priorities for action of the Sendai Framework. Additionally, the participants recommended that programs, funding, and activities for build back better in recovery, rehabilitation, and reconstruction shall be integrated in the existing NDRRM Plan 2011-2028.


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30 June - 1 July, 2015 (Singapore)

The Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC) participated in the meeting named above from 30 June to 1 July 2015 in Singapore. The meeting was attended by approximately 12 participants including representatives of satellite agencies in Japan, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam. The meeting primarily consisted of establishment of Steering Committee Sentinel Asia. ADRC gave a presentation, covering the activation of emergency observations and the satisfaction of system users based on a questionnaire survey conducted on Sentinel Asia.

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3-5 June, 2015 (Bangkok, Thailand)

On 3-5 June in Bangkok, Thailand Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC) participated in the IAP meeting which was attended by around 90 people from 17 Asian countries and 33 international institutions. The main focus of this IAP was to discuss the way forward from the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction and implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 (SFDRR) in the Asian Region.

At first, the Secretariat of UNISDR explained the background of this meeting; the 1st Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) after SFDRR will be hosted by the Government of India in November 2016, and its intended outcome of this AMCDRR in India will be to an 'Asian Regional Implementation Plan of the SFDRR'. Then, the Government of India showed the process of preparation toward the next AMCDRR.

In this meeting, considering the importance of involving the wide-range stakeholders, a session specially devoted to the public private partnership was held and the various participants such as ADPC and Japan Bosai Platform introduced their activities. ADRC Executive Director, who is also one of co-chairperson of APEC Emergency Preparedness Working Group, introduced ADRC's activities like as the research on the dissemination of BCP among small / medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the APEC member economies and the editing guideline on BCP for SMEs, and declared support to PPP activities by UNISDR.

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17-28 April 2015 (Chile)

The Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC) has been a participating in the SATREPS Chile Project since 2013. ADRC dispatched a project member to Talcahuano where a large-scale earthquake and tsunami occurred in 2010. More than 800 people were killed in this disaster. The purpose of this research was to conduct the Disaster Imagination Game (DIG) and to conduct a questionnaire survey among residents.

The local government of Talcahuano facilitated this DIG training and survey, which were conducted over the course of one week and involved the participation of about 100. The participants, who included residents and experts from a local university, exchanged opinions using a tsunami inundation map to facilitate improved disaster risk reduction (DRR).
Predictions suggest that a large-scale earthquake and tsunami will occur in Chile in the future. We therefore hope that disaster mitigation activities based on this training in Talcahuano will be developed for regions all across Chile.

(2015/05/25 18:30)
May 25-27, 2015 (Dhaka, Bangladesh)


The need to mainstream and  articulate "build back better in recovery, Rehabilitation, and reconstruction" was expressed during the Stakeholders' Consultation, 9-10 December 2014 in Dhaka. In response to this, the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief (MoDMR ), the Institute of Strategic Recovery Studies for Disaster Resilience and Research (ISRSDRR), the United Nations Development Programme in Bangladesh (UNDP), and the International Recovery Platform / Asian Disaster Reduction Center (IRP / ADRC) had jointly organized a three-day workshop on disaster recovery planning, 25-27 May 2015 at CIRDAP Auditorium, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

The event gathered over 50 high level and technical delegations from various ministries of the government, universities, development partner organizations, NGOs, and private sector to achieve to discuss recovery agenda in the context of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. The event was inaugurated by Mr. Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya Bir Bikram, Minister for Disaster Management and Relief (MoDMR) of the People's Republic of Bangladesh, who expressed commitment to pursue effective disaster management programs by incorporating 'build back better'. At the closing, Mr. Hasanul Haq Inu, Minister for Information, assured the participants that build back better efforts in recovery, rehabilitation, and reconstruction will be advocated in Bangladesh through the support of the ministry and media organizations.

One of the workshop outcomes was the identification of recovery issues, where the participants came up with initial strategies and actions to be integrated in the Pre-Disaster Recovery Plan of Bangladesh. On the bases of the workshop outcomes, the following next steps were identified. Firstly, a parliamentary meeting on 'build back better' will be organized on June 16, 2015 at the Bangladesh Parliament to discuss disaster risk reduction and recovery issues that require legal support and legislation. Secondly, the MoDMR through the support of UNDP Bangladesh will take forward the initial strategies and actions for Pre-Disaster Recovery Plan by organizing a writeshop on the first week of August 2015. Thirdly, through coordination between MoDMR and BBBF, the list of recovery agendas shall be advocated in existing policy and planning instruments in Bangladesh, including the Delta Plan that is facilitated by the Ministry of Planning. Fourthly, under the auspices of MoDMR, the BBBF shall take further steps to advocate in linking up key stakeholders in Bangladesh so that the Inter-Ministerial Disaster Coordinating Council (IMDCC) is convened and recovery agenda is integrated in the plans. Finally, new programs and projects to promote build back better shall be proposed by BBBF in collaboration with MoDMR and other relevant stakeholders. The initial proposals include building critical mass of local recovery experts and volunteers and partnership between local universities and international knowledge hubs to promote recovery agenda in school curricula as well as facilitate knowledge-sharing and exchange.

(2015/06/02 14:40)

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