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Activity Report: Dec. 2012

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18-19 December 2012 (Bangkok, Thailand)


On 18-19 December 2012, ADRC organized Regional Workshop 2012 on ASEAN Capacity Building of Local Government Officials on Disaster Management project in Bangkok, Thailand. The workshop aims to share experiences through the project in which ADRC and NDMOs of each ASEAN country jointly have conducted since 2008. Thirteen participants from ASEAN states, ASEAN Secretariat and ADRC briefed the activities and discussed the way forward. As many local officials who had attended the training gave favorable comments on this training, it is expected to maintain sustainability of capacity building programs targeting local officials to meet various needs and situations of countries and areas. ADRC would like to extend sincere appreciation to all ASEAN NDMOs, local governments and relevant organizations that have cooperated in the project.


(2012/12/27 17:40)

14-21 December 2012, ARMENIA

Since 2009, ADRC has initiated a pilot project of DRR Policy Peer Review with the aim of developing DRR capacity of ADRC member countries by sharing information and strengthening the relationship among member countries.

This year, DRR Education in Armenia was selected as one of the target projects of the fourth year. After the submission of country report, reviewer team composed of Ph.D. Aiko Sakurai (Associate Professor, Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies, Kobe University, Japan), Ph.D. Vishnu Dangol (Professor of Geology, Tribhuvan University, Nepal) and Mr. Junji Moriwaki (Researcher of ADRC) had visited Armenia to conduct interview surveys.

The team visited National Survey for Seismic Protection Agency and other organizations involving in DRR Education activities to examine how they have been making efforts of developing DRR Education in Armenia. Then, the team conducted inspection of classes and evacuation drills at the school of Yerevan and Gyumri, and prepared a draft report of the survey result with all findings and recommendations. Also the workshop was held in two cities for getting opinion and comments to finalize the report as well as introducing good practices for DRR Education activities in Japan and Nepal. It provided a very good opportunity for exchanging opinions each other.

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This project aims at developing the mutual learning process among ADRC member countries instead of one-way learning. After the survey missions, reviewer team will compile survey reports and send them to target countries and then to ADRC member countries to enhance cross-fertilization.

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

(2012/12/14 19:40)

 

14 December 2012 (Kobe, Japan)

uzbekistan.jpgMr. Tursinkhan A. Khudaybergenov, who was invited by Foreign Ministry of the Japanese Government visited ADRC on Dec 14. Executive Director of Asian Disaster Reduction Center, welcomed the minister, introduced outlines of ADRC's activities such as capacity buildings and technical cooperation with member countries. The minister expressed his expectation of ADRC's Visiting Researcher system and the lessons learnt from the disaster experience of Japan.

                                           (2012/12/26 13:00)

11-14 December 2012 (Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan)

The ADRC under contract with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), is going to be visiting various organizations to conduct research on the utilization of satellite images in Asia-Pacific countries. The purpose of this project is to ascertain present needs concerning the utilization of satellite images in the field of disaster mitigation and to consider strategies for improving management of the Sentinel Asia Project. This research will be carried out by the end of February 2013.
ADRC started out with visits to the State Committee of Geology and Mineral Resources, which is part of the Institute of Hydrogeology and Engineering Geology in Uzbekistan, and the Ministry for Emergency Situations in Kazakhstan. ADRC gave a status update on the Sentinel Asia Project and shared ideas about specific ways that satellite images can be (or are being) used in disaster mitigation activities in each country. Based on some of the needs and issues identified, it was determined at this meeting that capacity-building workshops need to be held for GIS experts. As part of this project, ADRC will visit and hold meetings in other Asian countries by the end of FY 2012.

(2012/12/26 18:30)

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