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Japan (September 2, 2020)

There are many kinds of programs for DRR in Asian countries. Disaster education is a good way to ensure that people are studying basic DRR information and countermeasures against future disasters. Many organizations have been conducting disaster education projects in Banda Aceh, Indonesia which was so tragically impacted by the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake.
Today we would like to introduce Multilateral International Students (MIS), an NPO which was established by students of Tokyo University in 2011. MIS currently has more than 140 students and conducts many programs in Asian countries addressing poverty, the environment, support for agriculture, and DRR. MIS consists of several teams that focus on different themes. One of these teams, Japan Indonesia Students Interaction (JISI), started a disaster education program in Banda Aceh in 2014. JISI collaborates with a local university to conduct training workshops and evacuation drills for students and teachers. However, these programs have been paused this year due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Now, JISI is collecting information on good practices in Japan. ADRC and JISI had an online meeting for sharing experiences and knowledge to improve disaster education on 2 September 2020. In this meeting, we confirmed our mutual interest in conducting a localized program based on the opinions of residents and coordinating evacuation drills for students, teachers, and the community. ADRC would like to collaborate with JISI on implementing an appropriate disaster education program in Indonesia.

2 April 2020 (Asian Countries)

ADRC conducted a research on challenges in preventing the spread of COVID-19 in Asian countries in cooperation with the former visiting researchers. As a first report, the report of the observation in the Philippines and Japan is available on our website. (PDF, 1.8MB)

(2020/05/07 10:40)

Jakarta, Indonesia (March 3, 2020)

Together with partners from Asia Air Survey and CTI Engineering International, ADRC met with Mr. Siva Balan (Director for Operations) and other AHA Centre officials in Jakarta. The meeting explored the possibility of applying a constellation of Japanese Satellites' positioning service as emergency information platform. The key feature of this platform is that it can send text and voice messages to a receiver. By using an application to decode the sent messages, communities can receive the information even in the absence of telecommunication infrastructure, telephone networks, or Wi-Fi. This platform is valuable to communities in mountainous areas, island communities, or areas where telecommunication infrastructure is limited. AHA Centre officials recognized the added value of this emergency information platform, especially for Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, and Vietnam (CLMV), as these ASEAN member countries have limited capacities in disaster forecasting and early warning.(2020/02/13 14:40) 
26-27 February 2020 (Jakarta, Indonesia)

On 26-27 February 2020, ADRC participated in ASEAN High-Level Symposium on Disaster
Management 2020 held at ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta, Indonesia. The symposium was organized by ASEAN Secretariat and supported by China with the objective of providing a platform for discussions on disaster management in a cooperative framework by involving relevant experts from various background by complementing the existing ASEAN mechanisms. 
More than 100 participants from DRR and other fields like social and financial sectors attended from ASEAN member countries, academic institutions, international organizations and NGOs. 

ADRC made comments on disaster data development and methodologies in ASEAN countries as many panelists regarded accuracy and coverage of disaster data as challenging regardless of disaster phase or activity field throughout the symposium. Also, the application of GLIDE to their work was suggested for future solution.

(2020/02/27 17:40)
Kathmandu, Nepal (February 25-29, 2020)

ADRC engaged in three different activities during the visit to Nepal. Firstly, ADRC Executive Director, along with researchers from JICA Tohoku Center and University of Hyogo, met with Mr. Sushil Gyewali, CEO of National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) and other officials. The meeting discussed the joint research project on Modeling Disaster Recovery Governance in Asia. Mr. Gyewali explained the process as well as the progress of recovery from the 2015 Gorkha Earthquake. He reported that as of December 2019, 85% of all projects were completed. During the field visits, the team learned that NRA utilizes 'User Committees' to reconstruct completely damaged heritage sites (e.g., Ranipokhari). NRA also promotes 'Integrated Settlements' in reconstructing private houses (e.g., Ward 12 in Melamchi). Since NRA will be dissolved in the end of 2020, its functions will be transferred to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Authority (NDRRMA) - a newly established agency. Secondly, ADRC, in collaboration with experts from Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) and GeoThings, organized a workshop on the 'Utilization of ICT to Strengthen Disaster Resilience'. In this workshop, GeoThings demonstrated the functions of 'geoBingAn' - a social media Apps that functions to report personal safety and simple assessments (e.g., building damage) following a disaster. Thirdly, ADRC coordinated other separate meetings with SAARC Secretariat, NDRRMA, Planning Ministry, and JICA Nepal. 
                                                                                                                (2020/03/13 14:40)
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