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17 - 21 May 2023 (Japan)

A delegation from the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM), Thailand visited Japan from 17 to 21 May 2023 to conduct the "Study Visit Program for Enhancing the Capacity of a National Early Warning System and Establishing Cell Broadcast System in Thailand." The delegation included Mr Boontham Lertsukekasem, Director General of DDPM, and 11 other senior officials who are in charge of early warning system and dissemination in the department. 

The group visited some organisations involved in the river early warning and information dissemination system including: the Kanto Regional Development Bureau's Kofu Work Office under the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT); the Fire and Disaster Management Agency (FDMA) under the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC); the Sumida City Office; the Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK); NTT Docomo; the Japan Telecommunications Engineering and Consulting Service (JTEC); and the Honjo Life Safety Learning Center. The visits gave the group an opportunity to obtain directly from the respective organisations a wide perspective of the latest initiatives taken in Japan concerning the river early warning system ranging from the acquisition of river observation data to information dissemination to the public through the dissemination system utilized by the emergency response agencies such as FDMA and local governments, and by the media and mobile phone companies.

Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC) supported the delegation by advising on the development of its agenda and by accompanying the delegation on the study visits.
(2023/05/24 15:00)
9 May - 30 June 2023 (Online + Kobe, Japan)

ADRC conducted the JICA Knowledge Co-Creation Program course entitled "Comprehensive Disaster Risk Reduction for Central and South American Countries JFY2023" from 9 May to 30 June 2023, in cooperation with JICA Kansai. It was attended by 10 participants from 10 Central and South American countries: Colombia, Nicaragua, Peru, Argentina, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Chile, El Salvador, Ecuador, and Panama.

The program consisted of 4 weeks of online and 3 weeks of face-to-face lectures and exercises to learn about Japanese experiences and technologies in disaster risk reduction. It also included site visits to Hyogo and Kumamoto prefectures to observe various countermeasures including experiences in Hyogo Prefectural Emergency Management and Training Center, comprehensive flood control measures in Kako River and sediment disaster control in the Aso region. At the end of the course, the participants developed a draft local plan for DRR in their own countries through the 8-step workshop. After each going back to their own country, they are expected to actively engage in DRR measures to reduce humanitarian and economic losses due to disasters.

ADRC would like to express its sincerest gratitude to all the organizations and universities that contributed to the success of this course.
2023/07/07 15:00
3-4 May 2023 (Bonn, Germany)

On 3-4 May 2023, ADRC attended the "Technical workshop: validation of the prototype for the new losses and damages tracking system" held in Bonn, Germany. The workshop which was organized by UNDRR, UNDP and WMO aimed to gather feedback from practitioners, experts and other losses and damages data stakeholders on the draft prototype of a new tracking system of the losses and damages data that is now in the process of development. During the two-day workshop, over 80 participants actively exchanged opinions in person and virtually about several issues of the new system such as functionalities, data analysis, visualization and administration. It is expected that the new system will ensure the use of data to generate insights for comprehensive disaster and climate risk management and for risk-informed sustainable development policy making and investment decisions.
(2023/05/10 15:00)

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