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13 May 2024 (Lima, Peru)


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As host economy for 2024, Peru has been hosting a series of APEC Senior Officials' Meetings (SOM) this year. During the second senior officials' meeting (SOM2), the Emergency Preparedness Working Group (EPWG) took the opportunity to organize the 17th session of the Senior Disaster Management Officials Forum (SDMOF-17) on 13 May 2024 at Cerro Juli Convention Center in Lima, Peru. It adopted the theme, "Emergency Preparedness for Sustainable Growth and Sound Development with an Inclusive and Community Approach."


ADRC Project Director SUZUKI Koji, who co-chaired the EPWG from 2020-2023, headed the Japan delegation and introduced the project "Public private partnership for decision making support system with AI technology" in one of the SDMOF's sessions. At its core, this collaborative project advances the use of satellite big data and spatial artificial intelligence (AI) to model decision-making processes related to disaster risk reduction and management. In particular, Mr SUZUKI highlighted the following features of the project: 1) integration of social factors in applying scientific innovations, e.g., remote sensing technology, AI data analysis science, and digital twinning; 2) modeling of decision criteria for decision-making based on scientific facts, including collaboration between public and private sectors in verifying test results; and 3) real-time understanding of damage situations based on big data analysis and research prediction.


Participants of the SDMOF gained greater insights on the importance of cooperation through public-private partnerships to improve responsiveness with a focus on interoperability of information systems for decision making. Mr SUZUKI noted that the lead agency of this project is the Center for Environmental Remote Sensing of Chiba University with ADRC, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Nagoya Institute of Technology (NITech), Oriental Consultant Global (OCG), Weather News INC., and Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance Co., Ltd as participating agencies. The project also partners with the Italian space agency, Centro Italiano Ricerche Aerospaziali (CIRA).

(2024/05/20 15:00)

14-15 March 2024 (Noto Peninsula,Japan)


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Following the Noto Peninsula earthquake on 1 January 2024, Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC) had been reporting in English on the overview of the earthquake and summarizing the official information released by the national and local governments on the damages and responses (https://www.adrc.asia/publications/disaster_report/index.php). The report was kept updated until the end of February.


On 14-15 March 2024, two and a half months after the earthquake, ADRC researchers and visiting researchers from some of our Member countries visited the Noto Peninsula to inspect the damage caused by the earthquake and tsunami, and reviewed the ongoing reconstruction activities while pointing out the challenges. Road restoration work, which is key to facilitate evacuation, rescue, relief efforts, and restoration assistance, was underway, primarily on the "Noto-satoyama Kaido" that serves as arterial road. There were many areas where the road was damaged by landslides, mainly in mountainous areas, and only one lane was being temporarily restored to allow traffic. Road surfaces were damaged in many places and hillsides and mountainsides were only temporarily restored by piling up sandbags. This means that full restoration is still expected to take a considerable amount of time. We could also observe that police forces from prefectures of other regions such as Kansai, Kanto, Tohoku, and Hokkaido were providing traffic control and other support activities.


Many traditional wooden houses collapsed in the affected central area, including Wajima and Suzu cities. Although the visiting researchers are not familiar with the Japanese architectural style of wooden houses with tiled roofs, they could tell that the heavy tiled roofs caused much of the damage. They discussed their opinions for promoting measures to strengthen the earthquake resistance of such traditional houses.


In Wajima City, the participants observed the Asaichi Street, where a fire spread and a seven-story building collapsed nearby. We are confronting many issues, such as disaster reduction measures in areas where wooden houses are densely built and firefighting measures in the event of an earthquake and tsunami. In view of this, foreign visiting researchers compared the buildings and urban development in other countries, such as comparing the 2001 Gujarat earthquake in India and the 2024 Noto Peninsula earthquake in Japan.


In many areas where liquefaction had occurred, manholes were raised and utility poles were tilted. Even in Uchinada Town, which is located more than 100 km away from the epicentre, many houses were found to be tilted.


The participants also observed the fishing port in Wajima City, which was rendered unusable due to ground upheaval, and the tsunami damage in Suzu City. Furthermore, they observed the recovery support activities, such as the use of "Emergency Safety Evaluation" sheet (green, yellow, and red) to assess the emergency danger level of houses, water supply trucks, kitchen cars, emergency medical cars, and temporary housing construction, to gain knowledge on future DRR measures in different countries.

(2024/03/22 15:00)

3 to 9 March 2024


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From 3 to 9 March 2024, Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC) coordinated the Study Visit to Japan for the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre) Executive Leadership in Emergency Management Programme (ACE-LEDMP) Middle Level. The ACE-LEDMP Middle Level is a programme to develop human resources that are capable of leading ASEAN disaster management efforts and is composed of a one-month online course, a one-month on-site course in Indonesia and a week-long study visit in Japan. A total of 20 middle level managers from nine ASEAN member states (AMS), each with more than five year of experience working in disaster management organizations in their country, participated in the Study Visit along with 4 staff members from the AHA Centre.


They received lectures from the Cabinet Office of the Government of Japan, Hyogo Prefecture, Sumida City Office in Tokyo, the International Recovery Platform (IRP) and ADRC. They also visited Koshigaya Lake Town and the Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (DRI) to deepen their understanding of Japan's disaster management policies.


During the concluding session of the visit, the participants
discussed the future promotion of further disaster reduction measures in the ASEAN region, drawing insights from the lessons learned in Japan. The participants returned to Indonesia for further training and to continue to review these experiences.

(2024/03/16 15:00)

27 February - 1 March 2024 (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)


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Marking the first in-person Session following the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Fifty-Sixth Session of the Typhoon Committee (TC-56) was held in Swiss-Garden Hotel Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 27 February to 1 March 2024. The Typhoon Committee, under the auspices of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), convened the Session and hosted by the Malaysian Meteorological Department.


The 56th Session reviewed the progress made in its programme of work in 2023 and planned the activities to be undertaken in 2024 and beyond, together with the support required to implement them. The Session also covered the strategic and development issues such as the implementation of the updated Strategic Plan 2022-2026.


ADRC made a presentation to promote the use of the QZSS (Quasi-Zenith Satellite System) for early warning systems in each country and GLIDE numbers for disaster information sharing. Since the Working Group on Disaster Risk Reduction (WGDRR) has included GLIDE in its 2024 Annual Operation Plans (AOPs), many participants showed great interest.

(2024/03/08 15:00)

26 February - 8 March 2024


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From 26 February to 8 March 2024, ADRC conducted the JICA Knowledge Co-Creation Program: Malaysia "LEP 2.0 Enhancement of the Disaster Risk Management Capacity of the National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA)" Countermeasures against Flood Control. The course, targeting flood countermeasures, aimed to deepen understanding of river planning, and relevant policies and practices. Participants also worked on developing action plans for improving flood control projects and for accelerating disaster investment in Malaysia. A total of 15 participants from the National Disaster Management Agency and other relevant organisations attended lectures and visited sites related to urban flooding countermeasures in Japan and learnt its background and policies.


We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to all the organisations for their cooperation in conducting the training.

(2024/03/15 15:00)

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