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21-22 December 2009 (Luangnamtha, Lao PDR)

The National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) of Lao PDR and the Asian Disaster Management Center (ADRC) organized a workshop for local government officials in Luangnamtha province on 21-22 December 2009.  Some thirty officials from line departments of the province participated in the workshop together with three officials from the NDMO and one from ADRC.

This workshop is part of ASEAN project Capacity Building of Local Government Officials on Disaster Management, and the third one in the country followed by the workshops in Vientiane and Bolikhamxay provinces. 

luangnamtha.JPGDuring the two-day workshop, the local officials took lectures on disasters and risks, legal framework of national and provincial disaster risk management, risk assessment and flood management based on the subjects lectured in the Training of Trainers (TOT) in June 2009 where the trainers had participated. Owing to the assistance of NDMO and provincial officials, the trainers gave lectures in instructive and interactive manners, bringing about active discussion and fruitful feedback.

The ADRC hopes that the outcome of this project will be shared in other provinces and contribute to capacity development of local officials on disaster management throughout the country.

Similarly the workshops for local government officials are scheduled in early 2010 in Cambodia and Vietnam as the 1st year group countries in this project.

(2010/01/04 17:40)

21-23 December, 2009 (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan)

The ADRC mission visited the Ministry of Emergencies to discuss the monitoring of nature disaster through space utilization and to further promote coordination in that field.

 We also visited the Central Asian Institute of Applied Geosciences (CAIAG) to discuss the utilization of the Space Technology for monitoring of nature disasters.  

(2009/12/24 17:30)

13-14 December (Dhaka, Bangladesh)

1.JPGのサムネール画像のサムネール画像ADRC actively participated in the International Forum on Tornado Disaster Risk Reduction held on 13-14 December 2009 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. This event was organized jointly by the Ministry of Food and Disaster Management and the Ministry of Defense of Bangladesh, Tokyo Polytechnic University, the Bangladesh Disaster Preparedness Center (BDPC), and the International Association of Wind Engineering.

Bangladesh is known as a country prone to various natural hazards, including cyclones, floods, and storm surges. Tornados occur almost every year, often resulting in extensive casualties and damage. Recently, for example, the 1996 tornado in Tangail killed about 700 people. Despite such devastating consequences, adequate tornado preparedness measures are still lacking, with efforts still needed in the areas of early warning systems and evacuation shelters. This forum was therefore held to raise awareness among policymakers, practitioners, and civil society of the risks posed by tornadoes and other severe local storms, as well as to promote the development of strategies for mitigating future disaster risks.

During the forum, ADRC gave two presentations, on "Governance and Policy Making" and "Public Awareness and Education." ADRC presented a wide range of issues concerning the progress made toward the HFA, as well as the remaining challenges, and highlighted the roles that awareness-raising efforts and education should play in Bangladesh. The presentations also summarized the ADRC's relevant activities in Bangladesh in the past. For more details, please visit the website(

(2009/12/14 13:10)

7-12 December 2009 (Dhaka, Bangladesh)

errp200912_1.jpgThe 4th ERRP Regional Workshop was held in Dhaka on 10-12 Decmber 2009. The participants from each ERRP country exchanged of their opinions actively in the general workshop and also group formation/ discussions in parallel sessions concerning about the technical / financing/ monitoring and evaluation. On the last day of the Workshop, we visited Mirpur Training Center, Fire Service and Civil Defense and observed the fire drill at earthquake time. Flood disaster prevention is the major disaster management in Bangladesh, but felt enthusiasm to wrestle with earthquake disaster prevention more positively. At the end, it is requested from ADRC to make the best use of the results of last 2 years' ERRP activities in each member country and to develop ERRP further at each country level continuously in future.

errp200912_2.jpgIn addition, ADRC carried out the guidance of the technical assistance service on 7-8 December 2009 at Rangamati Municipality ( from Chittagong to north-east for about three hours by car). We conducted the training about "Earthquake safe construction of Masonry Building" and "Quality Management of Reinforced Concrete Building" to the thirty local engineers stationed in Rangamati Municipality, then we visited several construction sites to observe the defects and also the counter measures with exchanging the technical opinions between us. This technical assistance service had been successfully completed.
(2009/12/15 19:10)

1-3 December 2009 (Manila, Philippines)
The ADRC has been collaborating with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) to promote a disaster reduction project using satellite imaging data in the Asian region.
On September 26, Typhoon Ketsana (Japan Meteorology Agency designation: No. 16) swept across the Central Luzon in the Philippines. The typhoon brought the extremely heavy rainfall to Metro Manila or the National Capital Region resulting in extensive flood damages..
Upon request from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), ADRC coordinated the emergency observation by earth observation satellite agencies and then satellite data was provided to PHIVOLCS by Sentinel Asia.
The ADRC mission visited PHIVOLCS, Office of Civil Defense, National Disaster Management Center and Mines & Geosciences Bureau to conduct a follow-up survey on the use of the satellite data. The mission also conducted a on-site survey to compare the satellite image with actual situation in Metro Manila.  

(2009/12/04 17:30)

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