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28 November - 1 December 2023 (Bangkok, Thailand)

ADRC participated in the three events organized by ESCAP/WMO Typhoon Committee (TC) and jointly hosted by the Typhoon Committee Secretariat (TCS) and United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) on 28 November to 1 December 2023 at the United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC) in Bangkok, Thailand.

The first event was the 4th Training and Research Coordination Group (TRCG) Forum, where specialized topics of research interest such as Artificial Intelligence and potential operational applications related to tropical cyclone monitoring, forecasting, and warning were presented. The second event was the 18th Integrated Workshop (IWS), which is an annual integrated event of the four working groups: Advisory (AWG), Meteorology (WGM), Hydrology (WGH), Disaster Risk Reduction (WGDRR) to assess the work done in the past year and develop work plans for the next year. The third event was the Working Group on Disaster Risk Reduction (WGDRR) parallel meeting, where its 12-member countries and 2 regions assess the year-end progress of implementing the Annual Operation Plans (AOPs).

ADRC participated in the WGDRR meeting on behalf of the Cabinet Office Japan, which is the focal point for Japan. ADRC presented the member's report of Japan highlighting the disaster risk reduction activities on information-sharing, capacity-building, and technology transfer, particularly the Quasi Zenith Satellites System's Disaster and Emergency Crisis Report (QZSS-DC Report) service. Moreover, ADRC presented an overview of the GLIDE number system. After the presentation, the WGDRR members proposed to include the GLIDE number system as part of the Annual Operations Plans (AOPs) subject for review by AWG and the Typhoon Committee Secretariat. 
(2023/12/5 15:00)
20 November - 13 December 2023 

ADRC conducted the JICA Knowledge Co-Creation Program (Group & Region Focus): "Promotion of Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction JFY 2023" from 20 November to 13 December 2023. A total of ten officials from disaster risk management organizations in the Pacific island and Asian countries participated in this program to learn about disaster management policies and measures based on the approach of the Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction. 

They attended lectures by experts from organizations in the field, including the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, local government and research institutes. They also visited sites in Tokyo, Gifu and Hyogo prefectures. During the program period, a total of four discussion sessions were held to exchange opinions between participants and experts. At the end of the program, the participants presented their action plan based on their findings. 

ADRC would like to express its sincerest gratitude to all the organizations and universities that contributed to the success of the program. 
(2023/12/20 15:00)
15 November 2023 (Online)

ADRC's Online Tsunami Seminar held on 15 November 2023 dwelt with the "State and Challenges of Community-Based Tsunami Preparedness." It is essential that communities living in tsunami-prone areas prepare for tsunami disaster through awareness-raising, evacuation drills, and early warning systems (EWS). The speakers at the seminar concluded that if tsunami preparedness is integrated in the daily lives of residents, it helps save lives and reduce the impacts on properties and livelihoods.

Mr Gerry Potutan, ADRC Senior Researcher, moderated the session to achieve two key objectives: 1) share community-based tsunami preparedness programs and activities; and 2) discuss challenges in implementing community-based tsunami preparedness activities in different countries. Three speakers from ADRC member countries were invited to broaden and deepen the discussion.

Ms Thai Minh Huong, Officer of International Cooperation Science and Technology Department, Vietnam Disaster and Dyke Management Authority, Vietnam, reported that while Vietnam has not experienced tsunami disaster yet, the government has been mobilizing the communities and schools to prepare. The activities include: awareness-raising on tsunami at schools and commune, regular organization of tsunami drills, and installation of tsunami early warning system. Ms Huong noted that tsunami disaster-preparedness in Vietnam is a proactive approach, stressing that "although there was no prior tsunami experience in Vietnam, it does not mean it will not occur." In the same light, the government is facing a challenge to convince communities in areas where tsunami may occur to actively participate in the preparedness programs. 

Mr Ranjith Alahakoon, Assistant Director at the Polonnaruwa District under the Ministry of Defence, District Disaster Management Unit, Sri Lanka, said that some coastal communities in Sri Lanka were impacted by the Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004. With that experience, the government has been implementing a tsunami preparedness program, including the establishment of the community organizations (VDMC). However, one of the challenges VDMCs face is that they do not have any "legal status," therefore there had been cases where the government could not provide them financial supports. As a  result, VDMCs do not have "active engagement" in the preparedness programs introduced by the government for lack of "ownership." One lesson from this experience is that "top-down" approach with no legal fund transfer could be challenging. 

Dr NAKANO Genta, Assistant Professor, Research Center for Disaster Reduction Systems, Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University, Japan, reported that the community-based preparedness efforts have evolved through past tsunami experiences. Recently, a more organized approach that adopts a "collaborative model" to community tsunami-preparedness has been promoted in Japan. Showing the case of Okitsu community in Shimanto Town of Kochi Prefecture, he explained that this model assigns responsibility to every collaborating partner, where: 1) volunteer organization links the school, municipality, and expert; 2) elementary school educates the children to protect themselves from tsunamis; 3) town government implements infrastructure improvements; and 4) university provides specialized information on earthquake and tsunami disaster. One example of the collaborative activity is the elaboration of "bosai map," wherein students are taught to think about necessary tsunami evacuation measures. 

In the closing remarks, Mr SASAHARA Akio, ADRC Executive Director, stressed the importance of regularly conducting awareness-raising activities on tsunami disaster so that knowledge is transferred, shared, and not forgotten. 

You can visit the webpage for the Tsunami Online Seminar 2023 in ADRC website for more information: 
(2023/11/22 15:00)
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