Activity Report： Area & Country >> Myanmar
Myanmar, Nay Pyi Daw City
Myanmar is a disaster prone country. On May 2008, 130,000 people were perished or missed by Cyclone Nargis, and they had floods and landslides in 2010, a heavy earthquake in 2011.
For this reason, the Myanmar Government stipulated the " Myanmar Action Plan for Disaster Risk Reduction" in 2012, and has been promoting various DRR projects based on the Plan. The Myanmar Government decided the establishment of "Disaster Management Training Center" in order to enhance disaster prevention awareness in people and to train the personnel involved in disaster management, and planned to build their facilities in 3 years from 2013.
In 2nd to 4th of July, with the aim of making proposals and advice to the Myanmar Government for training and educational content in the center, sponsored by International Cooperation Agency of Japan (JICA), the United Nations Development Programme, this workshop was held in Nay Pyi Daw, the new capital city of Myanmar. About 80 people from the governments of Asia including Myanmar, international organizations, and NPOs participated in the workshop, and one of the ADRC staff was invited to this workshop.
In the workshop, there were introductions of the education / training center of Thailand and Singapore, JICA and the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center also introduced their international capacity building businesses. The ADRC presented our capacity building activities for Myanmar, such as the Visiting Researcher program in which we invite young officials of member countries to Japan and the DRR training program for local government officials sponsored by Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund.
26 - 27 September 2011 (Yangon, Myanmar)
From 2 to 3 September 2011, Rescue and Resettlement Department (RRD) of the Government of Myanmar and the Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC) jointly conducted a workshop to promote capacity building of local government officials in Myanmar. The workshop was held in Yangon in which more than 30 government officials from different localities participated.
This workshop was conducted as part of the ongoing project which RRD and the ADRC have been implementing since 2010 and has been financed by the Japan ASEAN Integration Fund. Prior to the workshop, training of trainers (TOT) was conducted in March this year. As a result, three out of the ten TOT participants delivered lectures at the workshop this time.
In the workshop, lectures on Total Disaster Management (TDM), Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) measures and an incident command system in Myanmar, and other issues were delivered by the ADRC, RRD and the TOT trainees. Moreover, following these lectures, a hazard mapping exercise as a field activity and entailing discussion were also conducted.
The local government officials who participated in the workshop showed strong interest in exploring these issues thereby engaging very actively in close discussion and an exchange of opinions. The town watching conducted in areas which were severely affected by the cyclone Nargis in 2008 and activities for awareness raising on DRR for the villagers contributed to assuring the importance of DRR not only among the local officials but also the villagers.
Another two workshops are planned to be held this year, one in Mandalay and the other in Ayeyarwady. It is expected that the project will be useful for the capacity development of local government officials in the country.
The ADRC attended the 22st meeting of sub-committee on space technology and applications (SCOSA) held from 9th to 10th May 2011 in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Various organizations in ASEAN countries which are related to the space technology attended this meeting in order to discuss on-going and future projects by SCOSA and other relevant. .
For the last two year the ADRC has been implementing "Satellite Data Utilization for Disaster Risk Reduction and Response" funded by Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF). Eight ASEAN countries, namely, Indonesia, Philippines, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Brunei Darussalam are the target countries of the project.
In this meeting, ADRC made a progress report on the project.
ADRC is currency producing materials to be used at planned seminars and trainings in each ASEAN country.
For more details of this project, please look at the following site; http://www.geoinfo.ait.ac.th/adrc/index.htm
14-17 March 2011, Yangon, Myanmar
On 14 - 17 March 2011, Relief and Resettlement Department (RRD) of Ministry of Social Welfare of Myanmar, and Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC) conducted Training of Trainers (TOT), a part of capacity building program for local government officials on disaster management, which ADRC has conducted since 2008 in ASEAN member countries. In Myanmar, the project was launched in 2010. With the participation of 30 participants including government officials from Yangon, Mandalay and Ayeyarwardy divisions, relevant organizations and NGOs, RRD and ADRC, the TOT covered such topics as early warning, damage & needs assessment, earthquake & tsunami and climatological disaster management followed by town watching and hazard mapping in Yangon suburbs. The participants of this training will then give lectures at coming workshops in the above-mentioned districts targeting local government officials.
Before the opening of the training, the participants offered silent prayers for the victims of Tohoku-Pacific Ocean Earthquake in Japan which occurred on 11 March 2011.
7 January 2011, Nay Phi Taw, Myanmar
On 7 January 2011, Myanmar's Relief and Resettlement Department (RRD), Ministry of Social Welfare and Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC) held a preparatory meeting for Training of Trainers under ASEAN Project, Capacity Building of Local Government Officials on Disaster Management in its capital Nay Phi Taw. Around 20 participants from RRD, relevant agencies, NGOs and ADRC discussed training method and topics for effective and efficient implementation of the coming training, which will cover such topics as comprehensive disaster risk management, early warning and emergency response.
11-20 August, Bangkok, Thailand
27 August-3 September, Manila, Philippines
10-17 September, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar
Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC) conducted the program "Capacity Building of Utilization of Satellite Image for Disaster Management" in Bangkok, Thailand from 11th to 20th Aug, Manila, Philippines from 27th Aug to 3rd Sep, and Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar from 10th to 17th Sep in cooperation with Asian Institute of Technology (AIT).
This program consists of one-day seminar and five- day training, both to promote the utilization of space based technology. It was held in collaboration with Geo-informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA), Thailand, Philippines Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), and Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), Government of Myanmar, respectively.
This is one of the four capacity development programs in ASEAN countries that ADRC has been implementing since 2008, with other three including disaster education promotion, development of Web-based GLIDE-associated disaster database and capacity building of local government officials.
Satellite Images has been utilized to implement emergency activities in Thailand, Philippines and Myanmar. However, the experience of the engineers for utilization of the satellite data in these countries is insufficient. The capacity building of engineers in relevant fields is an urgent need.
ADRC will continue to cooperate with GISTDA, PHIVOLCS, MOST and other relevant agencies to further promote the utilization of satellite data in the field of disaster management. ADRC also plans to conduct this program in other ASEAN countries.
For more details of this project, please visit ADRC web site (http://www.adrc.asia/top_j.php).
Myanmar's Relief and Resettlement Department (RRD) under Ministry of Social Welfare and Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC) have launched a program, Capacity Building of Local Government Officials on Disaster Management.
This is one of the four capacity development programs for ASEAN countries that ADRC has been conducting since 2008, including disaster education promotion, utilization of satellite image on disaster management and development of Web-based GLIDE-associated database on natural hazards.
On 23-24 June 2010, RRD and ADRC held a kickoff meeting to discuss implementation of the program. Myanmar, which incurred devastating damages from 2008 Cyclone Nargis, is exposed to various disaster risks such as storms, floods, landslides, earthquakes, tsunami, droughts and fires. Thus it is of urgent need to further strengthen capacity of government officials in charge of disaster management.
RRD and ADRC will cooperatively work for the implementation of the program, starting with setting up an expert team for training materials development.
ADRC has been implemented the project for the satellite Imagery Application to Disaster Reduction facilitated by Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).
Eight ASEAN member countries, namely, Indonesia, Philippines, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Brunei Darussalam, has participated in this project.
ADRC in cooperation with the Asian Institute of Technology, AIT(http://www.ait.ac.th/) will be organizing a seminar and training in each country to enhance their capacity of satellite imagery application to disaster reduction.
To this end, the first round of kick-off meetings, were held in each country as shown below.
Based on the results of those kick-off meeting, ADRC and AIT, will work together to produce relevant materials to be used at planned seminars and trainings in each country http://www.geoinfo.ait.ac.th/adrc/index.htm
・National Institute of Aeronautics and Space, Indonesia, 22 March 2009
・Philippines Institute of Volcanic and Seismology, Philippines, 25 March 2009
・Remote Sensing Center, Lao PDR, 23 April 2009
・Ministry of Science and Technology, Myanmar, 12 May 2009
・Geo-informatics and Space Technology Development Agency, Thailand, 8 Jun 2009
・National remote Sensing Center, Vietnam, 10 July 2009
・Department of Geography, Cambodia, 27 July 2009
・Survey Department, Brunei Darussalam, 22 March 2010