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Activity Report: Dec. 2015

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.

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