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24-27 May 2014 (Ulsan, Korea)

0625_Typhoon_Committee_Country_Report(with english caption).pngのサムネール画像ADRC participated in the 11th Meeting of Typhoon Committee(TC) Working Group on Disaster Risk Reduction(WGDRR) which was jointly organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) TC Secretariat and the National Disaster Management Research Institute(NDMI) of the Republic of Korea in Ulsan on 24-27 May 2016.
The meeting was attended by 40 persons including representatives of China, Malaysia, Vietnam, Laos, Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions of China, as well as advisors of the Working Group of Meteorology(WGM) and the Working Group of Hydrology(WGH); and was held four days as follows;

<First day: 24th May>
Keynote presentations were delivered by the TC secretariat and the experts from WMO and UNESCAP, who have served as advisors for many years on the ongoing implementation (SSOP-II) of Synergized Standard Operating Procedure (SSOP) for Coastal Multi-Hazard Early Warning System and the Strategic Plans of TC, followed by discussion.

<Second day: 25th May>
Two parallel meetings took place; A country report meeting by the member countries of TC, and another meeting of Advisory Working Group (AWG) by advisors of WMO, UNESCAP, WGM and WGH.
In the country report meeting, participant countries presented the reports on recent disasters that occurred in each  country, and the initiatives to build disaster information system that facilitates information collection, reporting and provision.
ADRC made a presentation about recent disasters in Japan by focusing on the efforts in Hyogo prefecture on the evacuation warning of sediment disaster caused by typhoon and heavy rain. ADRC reported also about the Asian Conference on Disaster Reduction 2016, and basic information of the Kumamoto Earthquake that had occurred in April.

<Third day: 26th May>
In the morning, Chair, NDMI first briefed about reconsideration of 7 Key Result Areas (KRAs), and explained the future Annual Operating Plans (AOPs) and its budget in WGDRR based on the recognition that DRR is the Cross-Cutting Issue, followed by discussion.
In the afternoon, a site visit was organized and conference participants visited a shipyard and an automobile manufacturing plant of the Hyundai Group based in this venue, Ulsan, which is carrying on business worldwide.

<Fourth day: 27th May>
TC Secretariat summarized this WGDRR and participants agreed to continue discussion intensively on the reconsideration of AOPs, and so on, preparing for the Integrated Work Shop, which will be held in the Philippines in October.

(2015/05/27 19:30)

Putrajaya, Malaysia (May 17-18, 2016)

IMG_9978-1.JPGResponding to a formal request from the Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) that leads a network of six universities for a research on disaster risk reduction, with special emphasis on flood management, the International Recovery Platform/Asian Disaster Reduction Center (IRP/ADRC) facilitated a two-day orientation workshop on Pre-Disaster Recovery Planning (PDRP). The workshop was held on 17-18 May 2016 at the Systems and Network Department, UNITEN Campus, Putrajaya, Malaysia.

The academic network comprising the Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM), the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), the Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), the Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN), the Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), and the Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) requested the orientation-workshop to: (i) gain greater understanding of build-back-better through pre-disaster recovery planning for flood as well as the possibility of integrating this concept in the academic courses; (ii) enhance the capacities of faculty members to train other lecturers, students, and practitioners on build back better through pre-disaster recovery planning, and (iii) explore the application of PDRP to achieve a more effective flood management.

About 35 academic professors, lecturers, and officials from the National Government participated the workshop - including representation from all members of the academic network, the Malaysia Civil Defence Department (JPAM), the Ministry of Education (KPM), Fire and Rescue Department (JBP), District of Kemaman, and Mercy Malaysia. Two keynote speeches were delivered to set the tone of the workshop. The first speech was delivered by Mr. Rosman Roslan, District of Officer of Kemaman, Terengganu, highlighting the district's initiative on pre-disaster recovery planning for flood. In particular, the district officer described how Kemaman facilitated the pre-arrangements with hotels and hospitals in case of floods. The second speech was delivered by Mr. Saiful Effendi of the Ministry of Education, where he described the proposed guidelines on disaster risk reduction for public schools. The group exercises of participants came up with two outputs. One was a checklist for pre-disaster recovery planning for Malaysia and the other was a set of strategies and actions for livelihoods recovery.

As for the next steps, the participants agreed to continue the discussions, either physically or virtually. Among the recommended follow-up actions were: (i) documentation of Kemaman flood recovery case and share the report to IRP/ADRC; (ii) review the IRP/ADRC materials on pre-disaster recovery planning and proposed possible module/syllabus for inclusion in academic course; and (iii) production of knowledge products on disaster recovery for flood, including handbooks designed for practitioners and policymakers. The academic network for flood management research in Malaysia is closely working with the Majlis Keselamatan Negara (National Security Council), the Meteorological Department and Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID), the Kemaman Land and District Office, and the Ministry of Higher Education.

(2016/05/17 14:40)

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