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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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