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29 September 2023

As announced previously, Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC) will hold the Asian Conference on Disaster Reduction 2023 (ACDR2023) "Effective Implementation of DRR Measures -Enabling Digital Transformation in DRR" in cooperation with Committee of Emergency Situations of Tajikistan and Cabinet Office of Japan. This annual conference will take place in Dushanbe, Tajikistan and online on 20 October 2023. We are pleased to announce the latest information on the conference as below. Those wishing to participate in this conference in person or online can register on the ACDR2023 website. 
(The link can be found below).

Date and time (Tajikistan time, UTC+5)
9:00-17:00, 20 October 2023 

Tentative Programme (as of 29 September 2023)

 - Opening Remarks
 - Round Table: Information from ADRC member countries on the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR)

 - Session 1 "Innovative Solutions for Resilient Societies: DRR Technologies for Earthquakes and Geological Hazards"
 - Session 2 "Adaptation to the Climate Crisis: Innovative Approaches to Monitoring and Responding to Glacial Lake Outburst Floods (GLOFs), Forest Fires and Intensifying Floods"
 - Closing Remarks

All updates including the latest version of the programme will be shared through the above-mentioned website. We are looking forward to seeing you in Dushanbe or online soon!
(2023/09/29 15:00)
24 September - 2 October 2023 (Turkiye)

ADRC visited Turkiye from 24 September to 2 October 2023, staying six days in Turkiye, to study the state of their recovery in field of education in areas affected by the Turkiye-Syria Earthquake that occurred in February 2023. This study was supported by the "Hyogo Prefecture Turkiye Earthquake Recovery and Reconstruction Support Project" and conducted in collaboration with Mr SUWA Seiji, Visiting Professor, University of Hyogo. In addition, Dr Emin Ozdamar of the Turkish Japanese Foundation greatly cooperated in this project.

The delegation visited schools that were damaged by the earthquake in the Province of Gaziantep, Kahramanmaras, and Hatay, and had interviews regarding school education and the situations of teachers and children after the earthquake. Workshops were also conducted with education communities to share the experiences of the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake and the Great East Japan Earthquake, including the response of the actual education sites and the recovery efforts they have made.

It seemed that the teachers were still in deep grief from the earthquake but they were working hard to reopen schools, continue education, and care for children. The Ministry of National Education (MoNE) has been providing mental health and psychosocial support for teachers and children by dispatching specialists and holding seminars for teachers, however, for a long-term recovery, continuous supports for teachers and children in schools are necessary. Moreover, reconsideration of future disaster education based on the experience of this earthquake is also essential. ADRC will create opportunities to share experiences of disasters between Turkiye and Japan through communication exchanges with teachers and children.
(2023/10/09 15:00)
17-18 September 2023 (Jakarta, Indonesia)

The 8th Joint Project Team Meeting was held from 17 to 18 September 2023 in Jakarta, Indonesia as well as the 29th Session of the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF) held from 19 to 22 September 2023 following JPTM. APRSAF was co-organized by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), and the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) of Indonesia. 

ADRC participated in both conferences, and reported on Sentinel Asia's activities. On 17 September, ADRC participated in a panel discussion and reported on the situations of Sentinel Asia's emergency observation requests (EOR) and end-user feedbacks on the various data provided to them in time of disaster. On 18 September, ADRC joined the organization reports session and introduced about the Standard Operation Procedure (SOP) which is an EOR manual being developed in member countries and region of Sentinel Asia.

ADRC will continue to actively participate in activities related to the utilization of space technology in the field of disaster prevention.
(2023/09/25 15:00)
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