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27 December 2022

ADRC will host the Asian Conference on Disaster Reduction 2022 (ACDR2022) "WHAT IS NEXT? - Learning from the Past, Preparing for the Future" from 10-12 March 2023 in Sendai, Japan (meeting on 10 March is for member and advisor countries only; the main sessions starts on 11 March). The conference will be conducted in a hybrid format (in-person and online).

In addition to a special session on the Great Kanto Earthquake, the conference will include sessions on "Large-Scale Disasters and Countermeasures," "Broaden Our Horizons for Disaster Data Linkage in SFDRR Implementation: Application of GLIDE (GLobal IDEntifier Number)" and "The Provision of Information via Satellite for Disaster and Crisis Management."

Details of the conference will be made available on the ACDR2022 website in due course. Further details on this conference will be provided in the next issue.

13 December 2022 (online)

On 13 December 2022, the fourth GLIDE Steering Committee Meeting was held online from 21:00-22:30 (JST). A total of 14 participants attended the meeting from SC member organizations including ADRC, CRED, EU/JRC, IDMC, IFRC, Tohoku University, UNDP and WMO. After sharing the outcomes of recent international events related to disaster data as well as recent developments in GLIDE system functions, participants actively discussed ways to promote improvements in the connectivity of databases using GLIDE. The conclusion was that each member will continue to promote linkages via GLIDE.   
(2022/12/20 15:00)
29-30 November 2022 (online)
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ADRC participates annually in the Integrated Workshops (IWS) of the Typhoon Committee, where year-end reports are presented by the four working groups: the Working Group on Meteorology (WGM), the Working Group on Hydrology (WGH), the Working Group on Disaster Risk Reduction (WGDRR), and the Training and Research Coordination Group (TRCG). This year, the Typhoon Committee Secretariat (TCS) held the 17th IWS online on 29-30 November 2022 with the theme "Tropical cyclone planning, forecasting, and response services for early warning and early action."

One of the keynote presentations was from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) of Japan, which talked about the "Use of Satellite Data for Flood Simulation and Risk Evaluation." As reported, various Japanese agencies (e.g., JAXA), with which ADRC also works closely, provide satellite data and create climate change impact projections to simulate floods and assess risk impacts. Satellite data is especially valuable as it informs mitigation measures and also facilitates early action. Other keynote presentations at the 17th IWS were given by presenters from Vietnam, China, South Korea, and the Asia-Pacific Typhoon Collaborative Research Centre. 

The 18th IWS in 2023 will be hosted at ESCAP in Bangkok, Thailand. 
(2022/12/07 15:00)
28 November - 1 December 2022 (online)
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Mr SUZUKI Koji (Project Director of ADRC and co-Chair of APEC-EPWG) and Dr Gerry Potutan (Senior Researcher, ADRC) participated in the "Workshop to Strengthen Fire Prevention Capacities in Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI)" held 28 November - 1 December 2022. The online workshop was organized by EPWG-Chile to contribute to capacity building in the APEC economies. It focused on fire management in wildland-urban interface areas through the use of techniques and strategies focused on generating a culture of prevention that reduces territorial vulnerability and exposure to risk.

On the third day of the workshop, Dr Gerry Potutan gave a presentation highlighting the contribution of climate change impact projections to inform plans, strategies, and policies on climate change adaptation. While climate change does not directly cause wildfires, it greatly contributes to the creation of conditions that allow wildfires to start and spread easily, with extremely devastating impacts. One of the projected climate change scenarios indicates that global temperatures will become much warmer if human activities continue emitting greenhouse gases (GHGs) such as carbon and methane. This will create conditions for the "tinderbox effect," whereby summers become hotter and drier - making it possible for wildfires to more easily start and spread quickly. As a result of the workshop, the participants from the 21 APEC member economies and the government officials from Chile gained insights on applying climate change impact projections to the development of mitigation and adaption strategies for fire prevention in wildland-urban interface (WUI) areas. 
(2022/12/07 15:00)
15 - 18 November 2022 (Hanoi,Vietnam)

The 28th Session of the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF-28) was held from 15 to 18 November 2022 in Hanoi, Vietnam. It was co-organized by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), and the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST). APRSAF was established in 1993 to enhance space activities in the Asia-Pacific region. Attended by space agencies, governments, and international organizations such as the United Nations as well as companies, universities and research institutes, this forum is the largest space-related conference in the Asia Pacific region. APRSAF has four Working Groups: the (1) Space Applications Working Group (SAWG), (2) Space Technology Working Group (STWG), (3) Space Environment Utilization Working Group (SEUWG), and the (4) Space Education Working Group (SEWG). APRSAF participants share information about their activities and future plans for their countries and regions in each working group. APRSAF also supports international projects designed to find solutions to common issues such as disaster management and environmental protection. 

ADRC participated in the working session of the SAWG and gave the first presentation on Sentinel Asia emergency observation requests (EOR) and future action plans. The Sentinel Asia initiative involves the use of space-based information in the form of satellite images for disaster management. ADRC has been tasked with the responsibility of receiving emergency observation requests from ADRC member countries and Joint Project Team (JPT) members. ADRC gave the second presentation on our activities for the "Demonstration Experiment using MICHIBIKI (Quasi-Zenith Satellite System: QZSS)." This activity, which mainly targets the Asia-Pacific region, is to develop early warnings to encourage residents to take prompt evacuation actions.

ADRC will continue to actively participate in activities related to the utilization of space technology in the field of disaster prevention.
(2022/11/22 15:00)
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