17-18 November 2009 (Bangkok, Thailand)
25-26 November 2009 (Paro, Bhutan)
ADRC has initiated a pilot project of DRR Policy Peer Review this year. This new project is aimed at developing DRR capacity of ADRC member countri es by sharing information and strengthening the relationship among member countries. The topic for this year has been selected as "disaster education and public awareness" and Bhutan and Thailand for countries to be reviewed.
After the submission of country reports by two target countries, reviewer teams, which consist of one officer from a member country, one expert from Japan and one from ADRC per a target country, have visited target countries to conduct surveys.
On 17-18 November 2009, the ADRC reviewer team, composed of Mr. Naoki Shiratsuchi of Japanese Red Cross, Dr. Alvaro Antonyan of Armenian National Survey for Seismic Protection Agency and Ms. Maki Yoshida of the ADRC, visited Thailand
During the two day survey, the team visited various ministries and institutions, including Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (ADRC's counterpart in Thailand), Ministry of Education, National Disaster Warning Center and Thai Red Cross Society to examine how they have been making the efforts for disaster education and public awareness by government and non-governmental organisations in Thailand.
Another reviewer team composed of Dr. Koichi Shiwaku of Earthquake Disaster Mitigation Research Center of the National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention (EDM-NIED), Mr. Arshad Nawaz Chheena from Pakistan's National Disaster Management Authority and Ms. Maki Yoshida of ADRC visited Bhutan on 25-26 November 2009 and conducted the survey by learning about their ongoing efforts for disaster education and public awareness by visiting Department of Disaster Management (ADRC's counterpart in Bhutan), Department of School Education, Department of Geology and Mines, Standard Quality and Control Authority and UNDP office.
This project aims at developing the mutual learning process among the ADRC member countries in stead of one-way learning. After the survey missions, reviewer teams will compile survey reports and send them to target countries and then to ADRC member countries to enhance cross-fertilisation. In addition, ADRC will further elaborate on the programme based on the results of this year's project for possible improvement in the ways this project is conduced for coming years.
ADRC would like to express its sincerest gratitude to all of those who have made precious contribution to this project this year.