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27-28 August 2019 (Bangkok, Thailand)

ADRC participated in the Expert Group Meeting on Sand and Dust Storms, which was organized on 27-28 August 2019 at the United Nations Conference Center in Bangkok, Thailand. Sand and dust storms (SDS) have received priority attention by UNESCAP and pose a formidable challenge to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and targets adopted as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Several ADRC member countries in Central and South Asia have suffered from their impacts. It's important to recognize that climate change will have big impacts on SDS in terms of their area, frequency, and magnitude. ADRC gave a presentation on satellite remote sensing technologies for monitoring SDS and explained its interests in medium and long-term SDS impact assessment simulations that take into account the impacts of climate change.    

29-30 January 2019 (Thailand)

Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC) attended the meeting of the Sentinel Asia Steering Committee held in Thailand, on 29-30 January 2019. The meeting was also attended by JAXA, which serves as the secretariat of the Sentinel Asia Joint Project Team, other space agencies in Asia working, and image analysis organizations, and ADRC participated to facilitate connections between these organizations.
Opening remarks by Mr. Koji Suzuki who is the Executive Director of ADRC. These were followed by a briefing by JAXA on the Steering Committee Mandate and status and lessons learned from emergency observations conducted thus far. All of these help demonstrate the advantages of satellite imagery for DRR purposes. Space agencies and research organizations reported on DAN activities. And it was focused on a basic approach for discussing the strategic plan which will be discussed throughout the year in preparation for the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF), scheduled for the fall of 2020.

(2019/02/13 18:30)
14-15 December 2017 (Bangkok, Thailand)

The ISDR ASIA PARTNERSHIP FORUM meeting was held on 14 and 15 December 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand and attended by many DRR officials and practitioners. The participants were welcomed by Ms. Kirsi Madi, Director, UNISDR, followed by opening remarks and official opening by Ms Sayanaa Lkhagvasuren, Chief Adviser to Deputy Prime Minister and Head of DPM's Office, Government of Mongolia. After a round-table introduction of the Participants, Ms. Loretta Hieber Girardet, new chief, UNISDR Regional Office for Asia Pacific presented the draft agenda.

On Day1, 16 countries including Japan made their brief progress reports on the implementation of the Sendai Framework and the Asia Regional Plan for Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction by following the three questions informed by UNISDR, (1. Major achievements made in year 2017, 2. Main challenges and 3. Ongoing or upcoming main programmes/activities/events, followed by reports by international organizations and diverse stakeholders including ADRC in the afternoon .

ADRC first briefed about ACDR2017 held in Azerbaijan and the APECworkshop on rural infrastructure BBB, shared challenges ADRC member countries answered in the questionnaire survey in Azerbaijan and the ACDR2018 in Awaji for the 20th anniversary as the key upcoming event.

Day 2 started with the report made by UNISDR on the outcome of the Technical workshop to launch the Sendai Framework Monitoring Process held Bonne workshop 6-8 December, and the key dates and milestones for 2018-2019. Participants then discussed priority issues of Sendai Framework by splitting themselves into groups. In the afternoon, Mongolia reported about the status of preparation for AMCDRR and the preparatory process. In April, another IAP meeting will be held for the preparation for AMCDRR in July 2018.

Photo: Report by Ms. Setsuko Saya, Cabinet Office, Japan

Photo: Report by UNISDR


(2017/12/22 12:30)
19-20 January 2017 (Bangkok, Thailand)

ADRC attended the 2nd meeting of Sentinel Asia Steering Committee held in Bangkok,Thailand,on 19th and 20th January, 2017. The meeting was attended by JAXA as the secretariat of Joint Project Team, Sentinel Asia, Space agencies in Asia working as Data Provider Node, DPN, Universities and research organisations as Data Analysis Node, DAN and ADRC representing DRR organisations in Asia.

Day 1 started with the opening remarks by the two co-chairs of SC, Dr.Lar, AIT and Mr.K. Suzuki, Executive Director,NIED, followed by a briefing by JAXA on Steering Committee Mandate and status and lessons learnt from emergency observation so far. ADRC then reported advantages of earth observation satellite imagery at diverse phases of DRR and challenges of Sentinel Asia operation from the viewpoint of DRR organisations. As a start of discussion, ADRC gave some cases of emergency situations in which satellite imagery could deliver useful information facilitating DRR operation including mega disasters affecting extensive geographical coverage beyond borders or flood affecting remotely located areas difficult to access lasting weeks, volcano eruptions hindering the use of airplanes, and so on to identify the strength of satellite imagery for DRR purposes.

Space agencies and research organisation reported about the DAN activities. The day 2 focused first on basic idea to discuss the strategic plan after the 10th anniversary, which will be discussed throughout this year towards the APRSAF scheduled in Autumn 2017.The agenda of the 10th anniversary event scheduled in March was also discussed and approved.
(2017/1/19 12:30)

22 September 2016 (Krabi, Thailand)

ADRC in close collaboration with DDPM, Thailand and Cabinet Office,Japan, organised a one day workshop in Krabi, Thailand, by focusing on locally based DRR by using new technologies. Thee workshop was attended by DDPM, Thailand and its provincial offices, the private sectors and NGO from Thailand, and experts from Indonesia and Japan. It was opened by Mr. Supakit Phophapaphan, Deputy Director General, DDPM, followed by introductory presentation on Tsunami DRR in Asia and Japan by ED of ADRC.

Session 1, chaired by Mr. A. Pinta, DDPM reviewed Tsunami DRR efforts made in Thailand after the Indian Ocean Tsunami. In the Session 2 moderated by Mr. M. Arakida, ADRC various efforts and high tech against Tsunami were presented from Japan and Indonesia, followed by demonstration and group training of Disaster Imagination Game, DIG by Prof. T. Komura, Tokoha University.

The young generation does not share the experiences of the Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004. Lessons learnt from the past experiences will help us elaborate anti tsunami measures well adapted to individual areas, while high tech today will facilitate improving community based Tsunami DRR.
(2016/9/21 12:30)
14-18 December 2015 (Bangkok, Thailand)

"Applying SBT and ICT to Strengthen Disaster Resilience" funded by ADB for 18 months in 4 countries has been launched with regional kick-off meeting on 14-18 December 2015 at AIT, Thailand. 

International and National consultants of the project participated in the OSM (Open Street Map) workshop to learn the OSM concept, how to use, good practices. Also participants joined OSM exercise in the field of AIT. On 16-17 December, national delegates also participated in the regional kick-off meeting. During the meeting, the project briefing was done by ADB, then contributions from each international consulting firm (AIT, ADRC, RESTEC, PASCO, Geo Things), current situations in each pilot project country (Armenia, Bangladesh, Fiji, Philippines) were explained, and project targets in each country were discussed. And the relations between the project and the Sentinel Asia program was explained.
The kick-off meeting at the national level will be held during February to April 2016. Dr. Ogawa, former Executive Director, and Mr. ARAKIDA, Senior Researcher will be in charge from ADRC.


13 - 15 October, 2015 (Bangkok, Thailand)

As the secretariat of Sentinel Asia, ADRC participated in a meeting jointly organized by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), and ADRC. It was held from 13 to 15 October 2015 in Bangkok, Thailand and was attended by representative of satellite agencies, academic institutions, and disaster management organizations across Asia. The meeting primarily covered the following topics.

[Day 1]
After a presentation on the contributions of Sentinel Asia activities to disaster management in the Asia-Pacific region, opinions were exchanged on the development of Sentinel Asia Step 3 and on the role of the Steering Committee in its development. 

[Day 2]
After a presentation on Sentinel Asia Step 3 implementation strategies, opinions were actively exchanged regarding the following topics.
• Strengthening cooperation between disaster management organizations (DMO) and space/GIS organizations (SGO)
• Evolution of working group activities to strengthen cooperation between DMOs and SGOs and thus contribute to disaster preparedness, as well as disaster response and recovery
• Emergency observation scenarios that include the stages of preparedness and early warning as well as post-disaster emergency response and recovery 
• Rapid provision of data to end users through the effective use of observation results and the strengthening of cooperation with analyzing institutions.

[Day 3]
The closing session included an explanation of the 2016 strategy plan and a summary of the meeting. ADRC gave three presentations at this conference on the following topics: (1) EOR and Emergency Observation Procedures Using Sentinel Asia, (2) The Role of ADRC in Sentinel Asia, and (3) Sentinel Asia Emergency Observation Trends.

(2015/10/28 18:30)
3-5 June, 2015 (Bangkok, Thailand)

On 3-5 June in Bangkok, Thailand Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC) participated in the IAP meeting which was attended by around 90 people from 17 Asian countries and 33 international institutions. The main focus of this IAP was to discuss the way forward from the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction and implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 (SFDRR) in the Asian Region.

At first, the Secretariat of UNISDR explained the background of this meeting; the 1st Asian Ministerial Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) after SFDRR will be hosted by the Government of India in November 2016, and its intended outcome of this AMCDRR in India will be to an 'Asian Regional Implementation Plan of the SFDRR'. Then, the Government of India showed the process of preparation toward the next AMCDRR.

In this meeting, considering the importance of involving the wide-range stakeholders, a session specially devoted to the public private partnership was held and the various participants such as ADPC and Japan Bosai Platform introduced their activities. ADRC Executive Director, who is also one of co-chairperson of APEC Emergency Preparedness Working Group, introduced ADRC's activities like as the research on the dissemination of BCP among small / medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the APEC member economies and the editing guideline on BCP for SMEs, and declared support to PPP activities by UNISDR.

(2015/06/03 13:00)

2-4 December 2014 (Bangkok, Thailand)

ADRC joined the 2nd ISDR Asia Partnership (IAP) meeting which was held on 2 - 4 December 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand. The IAP aimed at discussing the way forward from the 6th Asia Ministerial Conference, preparation towards the 3 WCDRR and preparing the Post 2015 framework adoption and implementation.
Some 90 participants from national governments, international/regional organizations, UN organizations, CSOs, media etc attended the meeting. 

The meeting constituted of the following five sessions;
1. Reflections of the 6thAMCDRR,
2. HFA monitoring and updates on 3 WCDRR,
3. Post DRR framework implementation,
4. Delivering the UN Action Plan for Disaster Risk Reduction and
5. Strengthening IAP to deliver Post 2015 DRR framework.

Active discussions were made at each session and the meeting closed with the expectations to the coming 3 WCDRR and Post 2015 DRR framework.

(2014/12/12 17:40)

20-24 October 2014 (Bangkok, Thailand)


ADRC participated in the 9th Integrated Workshop of the Typhoon Committee which was jointly organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Typhoon Committee Secretariat on 20-24 October 2014. The more than 80 participants who attended the meeting included representatives from China, D.P.R. Korea, Japan, Lao, Malaysia, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Thailand, US, Viet Nam, Hong Kong and Macao Special Administrative Regions, as well as representatives of the organizing institutions.

The participants discussed their approaches of "Synergized, Integrated, Collaborative Standard Operating Procedures Strategies to Improve Early Warning System for Coastal Multi-hazards" which was the main theme of the meeting. And reports were given on the typhoon damage sustained in each country, as well as on the current year's activities. These included the project on Synergized Standard Operating Procedures for Coastal Multi-hazards Early Warning System (SSOP), in which ADRC is involved.

For the Disaster Risk Reduction Working Group, it was also considered that the participation in the "UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction" at Sendai, Japan on March 2015 as the Typhoon Committee.

The Typhoon Committee has two other working groups covering meteorology and hydrology, in addition to the working group on disaster risk reduction. This time, the three working group meetings were held together as an integrated event.

For more information, visit the Typhoon Committee website:

(2014/10/28 19:40)


22-27 June 2014 (Bangkok, Thailand)

6AMCDRR1.JPG   On occasion of the Sixth Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (6AMCDRR), a biennial conference in Asia to ensure political and stakeholder's commitment towards disaster risk reduction implementation, the International Recovery Platform (IRP) organized a side event
"Investing in Recovery for Resilience: Articulating Recovery in HFA2" was organized on June 24, 2014 at Lotus 4, Bangkok Convention Center at Centara Grand.  Following the opening and special remarks by Mr. Kaoru Saito, Director of Cabinet Office, Japan, with panelists coming from diverse backgrounds, including Atty. Violeta Seva of Makati City (Philippines), Prof. Santosh Kumar of SAARC Disaster Management Center (SDMC), Mr. Tadao Hasue and Ms. Kumi Onuma of Development Bank of Japan (DBJ), and Ms. Ana Cristina Thorlund of International Recovery Platform (IRP), past experiences were highlighted to draw insights. The moderator Mr. Saber Hossain Chowdhury, Member of Parliament Bangladesh, raised the broad question: What will be the critical recommendations to adequately articulate recovery in HFA2?
   After consolidating all the inputs from speakers and audience, the side event came up with the following key recommendations:

- Institutionalizing recovery functions in national and local governance systems
- Ensuring financial predictability for recovery programs and activities
- Strengthening coordination of recovery actors as well as considering the trans- boundary nature of recovery
- Recognizing human security as an essential foundation for effective recovery
- Developing concrete and measurable indicators to monitor progress of implementation and achievement of recovery goals

   In view of these recommendations, it was suggested that the future role of IRP may consider acting as a global mechanism for cooperation in the areas of recovery. Its task may include providing technical support on recovery for subnational governments, contributing to achieve sustainable development goals (SDGs), offering technical support on recovery from technological disasters or conflicts, and ensuring seamless integration of recovery in with development plans.
   Three key conclusions were reached at the end of the session. Firstly, recovery should be adequately articulated in HFA2 so that governments can have general guidance in implementing recovery programs. Secondly, recovery (seen as an opportunity to build back better) must also be aligned with the sustainable development goals. Finally, recovery needs further advocacy at the policy and legislative levels to outline clear measures for monitoring progress as well clear roles of government departments and units in implementing recovery programs. 
   The event was concluded successfully with the closing remarks by Mr. Kiyoshi Natori, Executive Director of ADRC.

   The IRP booth showcased various knowledge products including Guidance Notes on 6AMCDRR2.JPGRecovery, newsletters, thematic reports, brochures, and materials on recovery from IRP partners. In addition, the works and activities of IRP are presented in attractive posters that caught the attention of many delegates at the conference. the Secretariat pursued wider dissemination of IRP products and services as well as building and strengthening partnerships.

   Following the 6AMCDRR, the IRP Secretariat participated in the workshop on "Job-rich Recovery after Natural Disasters: Lessons from the Great East Japan Earthquake" organized by ILO Asia-Pacific Office on 27 June 2014 at the United Nations Convention Center in Bangkok.
   The objectives of the workshop included raising awareness of the relevance of employment and social protection policies in the contexts of disaster risk prevention and post-disaster reconstruction; sharing experiences, lessons, and good practices generated from the reconstruction process in Japan since the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake; and identifying strategies for further enhancing knowledge on job-rich disaster risk prevention and6AMCDRR4.JPG reconstruction practice in Asia and the Pacific. The participants who attended the workshop were experts and practitioners in employment policy, social protection, and disaster risk management from selected governments, humanitarian, and development assistance organizations in Asia and the Pacific. 

(2014/07/02 14:40)
22-27 June 2014 (Bangkok, Thailand)

The Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC) participated in the 6th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (6th AMCDRR)  held in Bangkok, Thailand from 22 to 26 June 2014. The conference participants included more than 3,000 delegates, ministers, and top government officials, as well as UN agencies, international organizations, and NGOs. The objectives of this conference were to generate stronger political commitment for and investments in disaster risk management among the nations of Asia, and to stimulate discussions around the formulation of a post-2015 framework for DRR in preparation for the upcoming 3rd WCDRR to be held in Sendai, Japan. ADRC also helped arrange several side events and facilitated a pre-conference meeting as follows.

[Side Event (SE7): Introduction and Demonstration of the DRR Education Tools and Efforts for Getting Wider Participation of Communities]
ADRC conducted a side event entitled "Introduction and Demonstration of the DRR Education Tools and Efforts for Getting Wider Participation of Communities"" on 23 June 2014 during the 6th AMCDRR. The session aimed to introduce good practices in CBDRM, highlighting disaster education tools that have been promoted by local NGOs and local governments since the 1995 Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake. It also focused on efforts to raise DRR awareness and training programs for local government officials based on lessons learned from that earthquake. The side event was also intended to facilitate discussions around how to localize such tools and efforts in other countries, and it highlighted some successful localization activities from Asia and other parts of the world. 
After the introduction by ADRC, Mr. Masahiko Murata from the Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution (DRI), Mr. Nobuhito Ohtsu of the Kobe City Fire Bureau, and Dr. Ikaputra of Gadjah Mada University introduced their DRR efforts, all of which are based on lessons learned from the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake. First, Mr. Murata of DRI gave a presentation entitled "Hyogo Prefecture's Effort for Capacity Development of Local Government Officials and Raising Awareness of the Public"" in which he introduced the training programs targeting mayors, local government officials, and local residents, as well as efforts to raise public awareness. Mr. Ohtsu of Kobe City next explained "BOKOMI," a community-based disaster risk management organization that has been promoted by Kobe City since the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake. He emphasized the importance of self-self and mutual-help, in addition to public help.
After these two presentations, Dr. Ikaputra of Gadjah Mada University described an example of how disaster education tools have been adapted to Yogyakarta, Indonesia. "Iza! Kaeru Caravan!" is a Japan-based disaster education and awareness raising program for children that was developed by NPO Plus Arts based in Kobe. He localized the tool and conducted the program in Indonesia, ensuring close coordination between Plus Arts and the local residents of Yogyakarta. He concluded his presentation by stressing the need for disaster education for children, as well as the importance of ensuring the beneficial application of various tools within local contexts. Lastly, Mr. David Korunic of AXA Group introduced an example of how CBDRM has been promoted by the private sector and NGOs, explaining AXA-CARE International's joint initiative for building disaster resilience in local communities in Thailand and the Philippines. At the end of the session, all the participants confirmed that there is a need for the development of good educational tools for CBDRM which are based on past experience as well as local contexts. They also highlighted the need for the well-coordinated localization of tools, as well as the benefits of involving the private sector and various stakeholders in CBDRM activities.

[Side Event (SE40): Promotion of DRR Initiatives in Private Sector and Strengthening Public - Private Partnership for Local Resilience Building : Towards HFA2 to be Adopted in 3rd WCDRR in Sendai]
On 25 June 2014, ADRC and the APEC Emergency Preparedness Working Group (EPWG) co-chaired a Side Event entitled " Promotion of DRR Initiatives in Private Sector and Strengthening Public-Private Partnership: for Local Resilience Building: towards HFA2 to be Adopted in 3rd WCDRR in Sendai " Experts from ADRC, APEC EPWG, Sendai City, the Development Bank of Japan, JICA, and Mitsubishi Corporation Insurance gave presentations on their good practices related to the these subjects. 
Dr. Wei-Sen Li from the APEC Emergency Preparedness Working Group gave a presentation on surveys on BCP status, BCP Guidelines for SMEs, and relevant training activities in the APEC region. Sendai City  Vice Mayor, Mr. Yukimoto Ito introduced projects involving collaboration with the private sector, civil society organizations, and communities such as disaster-resilient town planning and the formation of agreements with the private sector regarding logistics and evacuation in times of disaster. Sendai City was recognized as a Role Model in the 2010-2015 World Disaster Campaign "Making Cities Resilient" and will host the 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in March 2015. Mr. Tadao Hasue, Deputy General Manager, and Ms. Kumi Onuma, Associate, Tohoku Branch, Development Bank of Japan gave a presentation on their region-wide plans and activities targeting the Tohoku Region including the establishment of the Tohoku Alliance, a Tohoku‐based platform for a flexible alliance among diverse entities in Japan and abroad for knowledge and information sharing. JICA Senior Advisor Dr. Hitoshi Baba introduced JICA's new concepts of "Area BCP" and "Area BCM," which refer to a scalable cross-sector coordination framework for disaster management for business continuity. He also outlined how these are being applied in a pilot project in industrial clusters in the ASEAN region. Mr. Takahiro Ono of Mitsubishi Corporation Insurance then commented on the importance of improving disaster resilience of both private sector enterprises and local governments, and on strengthening community-wide networks to ensure that the best actions are taken. Finally, ADRC Executive Director Mr. Kiyoshi Natori summarized the discussions to conclude the event.

[Pre-Conference (PC-8): Satellite Data and Information to Supplement Regional and National DRR Systems and to Assist Local Communities at Risk]
On 22 June 2014, JAXA and ADRC cooperated in organizing a pre-conference entitled "Satellite Data and Information to Supplement Regional and National DRR Systems and to Assist Local Communities at Risk." The purpose of this event was to share information on how satellite data and information are being used for DRR, to investigate user needs, and to promote the expansion of cooperative structures among operators, governments, and communities with regard to the collection and use of satellite data. This pre-conference was divided into two sessions.
The first session was on "Progress and Issues with Existing Regional and National (Coordination and Management) Initiatives and Related Access Mechanisms." Dr. Lal Samarakoon from AIT showed outcomes of the space technology session at ACDR 2014 which was held in Tokyo in March. Dr. Shirish Ravan from UNOOSA also reported on the outcomes of the ASEAN workshop, given its position as a UN-SPIDER activity. ADRC reported on regional DRR requirements and activities. Mr. Pierre-Henri Pisani from the Embassy of France in Japan explained the latest efforts in the development of an international charter to promote the use of space technologies worldwide. Dr. Sanjay Kumar Srivastava from UNESCAP mentioned harnessing regional cooperation for enhancing national capacity for disaster risk management. And representing JAXS, Mr. Chu Ishida introduced the Sentinel Asia evolution and space agencies' recommendations for HFA2. He also announced that a new satellite, the ALOS2 was launched in May 2014.
The second session was on "Working with Communities at Risk: Initiatives and Projects Devoted to the Use of Earth Observations for the Benefit of Local Communities." Good practices in the use of space technologies in DRR were reported on by Tajikistan, China, Bangladesh, and the Philippines. Professor Shunichi Koshimura from Tohoku University gave a presentation on the analysis and use of satellite images during the Great East Japan Tsunami. Mr. Hiroshi Une from the Geospatial Information Authority of Japan introduced some of the basic data developed by that organization and proposed ways that it might be developed for the DRR field. Professor Ryosuke Shibasaki from the University of Tokyo explained the use of big data and space technology for DRR. 
This pre-conference was tied to the morning pre-conference which was organized by UN-SPIDER. Both organizers put together a proposal on the importance of investing in the systematic generation of products based on space-based and geospatial information.

Final Plenary Session and the "Bangkok Declaration"
At the plenary session held on the final day of the conference, participants adopted the "Bangkok Declaration" to conclude the event. Its policy recommendations to nations and stakeholders are as follows:
1. Enhance resilience at local levels
2. Improve public investment in disaster and climate risk management to protect and sustain development gains
3. Promote public and private partnerships for DRR
4. Promote science and technology
5. Enhance governance, transparency, and accountability
6. Contribute to the global deliberation on the Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the development of an Asia-Pacific Regional HFA2 Implementation Plan
7. Ensure that the Post-2015 Framework for DDR is consistent with sustainable development goals and climate change efforts

(2014/06/22 18:30)

22-24 April 2014 (Bangkok, Thailand)

ADRC participated in the ISDR Asia Partnership (IAP) meeting held on 22-24 April in Amari Watergate Bangkok, Thailand. Around 170 participants attended the meeting including representatives from Asian countries as well as the international and inter-governmental organizations. ADRC, with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) made the presentation titled "Outcome of the Asian Conference on Disaster Reduction 2014 (ACDR2014) and Update from Sentinel Asia Project".

The main contents of the meeting were as follows.
1) Preparation of the 6th Asia Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR)
2) Sustaining engagement of the stakeholder groups
3) HFA monitoring and review: Consultation on proposed indicator system to monitor and review Post 2015 framework for DRR (HFA2)

This meeting was held as a role of preparatory meeting of AMCDRR (Bangkok) in this June and World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (Sendai) in next March. This meeting discussed outcomes of HFA in Asia region, and inputs toward the "Post-HFA".

(2014/05/01 13:40)

10-13 February 2014 (Bangkok, Thailand)

IMG_7425.JPGThe Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC), participated in the 46th Session of the Typhoon Committee which was jointly organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Typhoon Committee Secretariat, Thai Meteorological Department in Bangkok on 10-13 February 2014.

The more than 70 participants who attended the meeting included representatives from China, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Singapore, US, Viet Nam, and the Hong Kong/Macao Special Administrative Regions, as well as representatives of the organizing institutions.

The participants discussed action plan of this committee's three working groups on meteorology, hydrology and disaster risk reduction (DRR) in the next year as well as their activities in the last year.

And the progress of SSOP (Synergized Standard Operating Procedures for Coastal Multi-Hazards Early Warning System) project with which ADRC involves also reported in this session.

Furthermore, regarding the Typhoon Haiyan which raged in the last year, the delegates of Philippines gave a presentation of the damage and the recovery states, and WMO etc reported the assistance for them such as the provision of the typhoon information.

As a result, we had a fruitful discussion such as the enhancement of cooperation among member countries.

For more information, visit

 (2014/2/10 19:40)

27-29 November 2013 (Bangkok, Thailand)  

The third session of the Committee on Disaster Risk Reduction, organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), was held at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand, from 27 to 29 November 2013.

As a cooperation of this committee, the ADRC sent one representative from IRP secretariat to attend. The forum's many participants included officials from UNESCAP member countries, and experts from intergovernmental organizations.

During the session titled "Item 4: Mainstreaming disaster risk reduction into development", Mr. Shingo Kouchi, ADRC Senior Expert as well as IRP Senior Recovery Expert, valued the Government and people of UNESCAP member countries' high ability to promote recovery and reconstruction efforts following each large-scale disasters. Mr. Kouchi also noted that ADRC and IRP have long been in help to ADRC member countries' efforts to utilize Japanese technologies, experiences, and lessons related to disaster risk reduction. Among those is three month-long Visiting Researcher (VR) Program, a capacity building program which ADRC offers government officials, and we are pleased to observe many former VRs are now playing a central role at their ministries in charge of disaster management.

Mr. Kouch also emphasized the importance of everyday preparedness by citizens, in addition to the government efforts, when a massive disaster strikes. In this connection, the two big events; ADRC's "Asian Conference on Disaster Reduction" to be held in Tokyo, Japan in 4-6 March 2014, and IRP's "International Recovery Forum" to be held in Kobe, Japan in 21 January 2014, will show the evidence of progress of disaster reduction and preparedness toward the next UN World Conference on Disaster Reduction in 2015.










(2013/12/12 14:30)

27-29 November 2013 (Bangkok, Thailand)

The 1st Sentinel Asia* Joint Project Meeting Step-3 (JPTM) was held on 27-29 November 2013 in Bangkok, Thailand. It was organized jointly by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) of the Thailand.

Under the Sentinel Asia framework, ADRC functions as a single gateway for processing emergency observation requests, screening and then forwarding approved requests to the relevant space agencies. At the meeting, ADRC reported on the status of the emergency observations that were implemented and presented the suggestions for improvement of the questionnaire that are sent after emergency observation. 

The topics discussed at this meeting were as follows:
 - Status Report (Overview of Sentinel Asia Status, Introduction of New Members, Overview of Emergency Observation, DPN/DAN** Report)
 - Project Management (Sentinel Asia Evolution, DATA SHARING/DISSEMINATION, Plan of UNWCDRR in Tohoku in 2015
 - Mitigation and Preparation (Sentinel Asia Success Story in Philippines and so on)
 - Working Group Activities (Flood WG, Wildfire WG, GLOF WG)
 - Emergency Response (Face book, Enforcement of DAN's activity, PM role at the Escalation to the Charter, PM training)
 - Recovery (The success story using the space data and the issues of Recovery phase)
- Multiple Use of Satellite (Winds*** and other assets and services of JAXA, QZSS)


* 'Sentinel Asia' is an international project in order to establish a disaster risk management system in Asia, using earth satellites.
** DPN (stands for Data Provider Node) is Space Agencies to get satellite images, and DAN (stands for Data Analysis Node) is universities and other research institutes to analyze satellite images.
*** WINDS (KIZUNA) is a satellite to perform ultra-high-speed Internet access service via the satellite.
(2013/12/3 13:40)

Bangkok, Thailand, 5-7 March, 2013

Workshop on Space Applications for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management and Second Workshop on Use of Multi-Global Navigation Satellite Systems for Sustainable Development organized by UNESCAP and supported by JAXA, was held in Bangkok (UNCC), Thailand from 5 to 7 March 2013. Government officials and experts from 17 countries and intergovernmental organizations participated in the workshop and discussed about potential utilization of space applications for disaster risk reduction and multi-global navigation satellite systems (Multi-GNSS) for sustainable development.

The main contents of the workshop are as follows.
1) Country Presentations on Disaster Management Status
2) Overview of Regional Initiatives/Frameworks for Disaster Risk Management
3) Activities for Disaster risk Reduction and Success Stories
4) Multi-Global Navigation Satellites Systems
5) Utilization of GNSS and Multi-GNSS
6) Regional Activities in Disaster Risk reduction

ADRC presented about "The present situation of emergency observation and demands of disaster management organizations" in Sentinel Asia activities. 
(2013/3/12 13:40)


21-22 March, 2012 (Bangkok Thailand)

 The Workshop on Use of Multi-Global Navigation Satellite Systems for Sustainable Development organized by UNESCAP and supported by JAXA, was held in Bangkok, Thailand from 21 to 22 March 2012.

Government officials and experts from 13 countries and intergovernmental organizations participated in the workshop and discussed potential utilization of Multi-Global Navigation Satellite Systems (Multi-GNSS) in the fields of transportation, disaster risk reduction and agriculture.


(2012/3/23 11:30)

Bangkok, Thailand, 20-24 February, 2012

The 8th Sentinel Asia System (SAS) Operation Training was organized by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) from 20 to 24 February 2012 at Kasetsart University in Bangkok Thailand. More than 20 people participated in the training from space agencies in the Asia-Pacific region as well as relevant agencies. ADRC participated as an instructor in this training.

The main contents of the training are as follows.
1) Introduction to Sentinel Asia and its system
2) How to use Sentinel Asia System
3) Introduction to Data Provider Nodes activities and these satellites
4) Introduction to Data Analysis Nodes activities and these satellite data utilization
5) Site visiting of Bangkok Flood 2011
6) Introduction of ADRC's role

ADRC gave a lecture entitled "Introduction of ADRC's role on Sentinel Asia Activities". ADRC made a lecture on the role of ADRC in the Sentinel Asia System as well as the introduction of the procedures and the considerations on the actual observation request.

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6 December 2011 (Thailand)

Asian Disaster Reduction Center started consultation with relevant orgnizations to explore possible and appropriate cooperation activities in recovery process from the devastating floods in Thailand. Please refer to the ADRC Highlights Vol. 225 at

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9-10 May 2011 (Cambodia)

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;

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Thailand, 30-31 August, 2010

ASEAN_Thai_20100831.JPGDepartment of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) of Thailand's Ministry of Interior and Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC) jointly organized a workshop for local government officials in its northeastern province Khon Kaen at Khon Kaen Hotel on 30-31 August.

This workshop was part of capacity building program of local government officials for ASEAN countries, under which DDPM and ADRC had prepared since 2009 for further promoting capacity development. And it was a final activity of this program in Thailand.

A total of 41 local officials attended the workshop to take lectures on disaster risk management and countermeasures and to visit disaster-prone areas for making hazard maps as a case study. The participants reassured the importance of promoting disaster risk management activities in their areas through the workshop.

Led by experienced trainers, who are government officials themselves, the workshop facilitated active participation of many participants from surrouding areas. Further, the trainers improved their teaching materials and methods through three previous workshops within this program. Therefore, it is expected that DDPM will continue activities of this kind in other areas of Thailand by making good use of the experiences of this program.
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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 (

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Songkla, Thailand, 19-20 July 21, 2010


Thailand's Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM), Ministry of Interior and Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC) organized a workshop targeting  local government officials in its southern province Songkla.

On 19-20 July 2010, a total of 30 local officials gathered at a Songkla Campus of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Academy in the province to take lectures on disaster risk management and countermeasures and visit disaster-prone areas for making hazard maps.

With the lead by experienced Trainers, who are government officials themselves, the workshop brought about active participation in the program which was co-developed by DDPM and ADRC. The participants reassured the importance of both structural and non-structural measures during the activities.

This workshop is part of capacity building program of local government officials for ASEAN countries, under which DDPM and ADRC have prepared since 2009 for further promoting capacity development in the country. Followed by this batch, similar workshops are scheduled in northern and north-eastern provinces this year. 

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24-26 March 2010 (Bangkok, Thailand)

iap201003.jpgThe ADRC attended the ISDR Asia Partnership (IAP) Meeting held from 24 to 26 March 2010 in Bangkok. The meeting focused on the next cycle of HFA (Hyogo Framework for Action) progress reporting, the process and implications of HFA Mid-term review, and the preparations for the Fourth Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR). As many as 80 participants, including government officials from the Asian countries, as well as representatives of international and regional organizations such as ASEAN, APEC, and SOPAC attended the meeting. The ADRC introduced the result of the ACDR2010 and future expected activities based on the recommendations made in the conference.
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8 March 2010 (Bangkok, Thailand)

The new web system that been produced as part of Sentinel Asia Step 2 for the last two years will start its operation from April 2010.
The Sentinel Asia Secretariat, ADRC and other relevant agencies held a meeting at Geo-informatics and Space Technology Development Agency, GISTDA, in Bangkok, Thailand, to share information on the new web system.
The new web site is located at;

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Thailand and the Philippines
February - March 2010

From late February through early March 2010, the Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC) conducted trainings for government officials in charge of disaster management with Thailand's Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM), and Philippines' Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and National Disaster Coordination Council (NDCC) in Bangkok and Manila respectively. (Photos: Thailand and the Philippines, from above)


thailand.JPGのサムネール画像The trainings are part of ASEAN cooperation project Capacity Building of Local Government Officials on Disaster Management. ASEAN's national disaster management organizations and the ADRC conduct training for trainers (TOT) and then the trainers give lectures at workshops for local government officials in each country.



philippines.JPGのサムネール画像During this TOT in Thailand and the Philippines, the participants took lectures on various DRR/DRM topics developed by experts from each country such as the institutional framework of DM system in their countries and disaster-specific issues including flood, tropical storm, earthquake and tsunami. The two trainings drew positive response from the attendants, resulting in active discussion among them over the covered topics and coming workshops. They will give lectures as trainers in subsequent workshops for local officials, which are scheduled in the middle of this year.

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17-18 November 2009 (Bangkok, Thailand)

25-26 November 2009 (Paro, Bhutan)


ADRC has initiated a pilot project of DRR Policy Peer Review this year. This new project is aimed at developing DRR capacity of ADRC member countri es by sharing information and strengthening the relationship among member countries. The topic for this year has been selected as "disaster education and public awareness" and Bhutan and Thailand for countries to be reviewed.

After the submission of country reports by two target countries, reviewer teams, which consist of one officer from a member country, one expert from Japan and one from ADRC per a target country, have visited target countries to conduct surveys.

On 17-18 November 2009, the ADRC reviewer team, composed of Mr. Naoki Shiratsuchi of Japanese Red Cross, Dr. Alvaro Antonyan of Armenian National Survey for Seismic Protection Agency and Ms. Maki Yoshida of the ADRC, visited Thailand

During the two day survey, the team visited various ministries and institutions, including Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (ADRC's counterpart in Thailand), Ministry of Education, National Disaster Warning Center and Thai Red Cross Society to examine how they have been making the efforts for disaster education and public awareness by government and non-governmental organisations in Thailand.

Another reviewer team composed of Dr. Koichi Shiwaku of Earthquake Disaster Mitigation Research Center of the National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention (EDM-NIED), Mr. Arshad Nawaz Chheena from Pakistan's National Disaster Management Authority and Ms. Maki Yoshida of ADRC visited Bhutan on 25-26   November 2009 and conducted the survey by learning about their ongoing efforts for disaster education and public awareness by visiting Department of Disaster Management (ADRC's counterpart in Bhutan), Department of School Education, Department of Geology and Mines, Standard Quality and Control Authority and UNDP office.

This project aims at developing the mutual learning process among the ADRC member countries in stead of one-way learning. After the survey missions, reviewer teams will compile survey reports and send them to target countries and then to ADRC member countries to enhance cross-fertilisation. In addition, ADRC will further elaborate on the programme based on the results of this year's project for possible improvement in the ways this project is conduced for coming years.

ADRC would like to express its sincerest gratitude to all of those who have made precious contribution to this project this year.

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2009/08/17-18 (Bangkok, Thailand)

ADRC organized a regional workshop as part of the "ASEAN Cooperation Project on Capacity Building for Local Government Officials on Disaster Management" in Bangkok, Thailand on 17-18 August 2009 with precious support from Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) of the Thai Government.

ADRC has been implementing the JAPAN-ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF) Project "the Capacity Building for Local Government Officials on Disaster Management" since August 2008. In implementing this project, ASEAN member countries have been divided into the following three groups:   

•First Year Group (August 2008 - March 2010): Cambodia,
                                                                             Lao PDR and Vietnam;
•Second Year Group (May 2009 - December 2010): Brunei
           Darussalam, Malaysia, Philippines, and Thailand; and
•Third Year Group (February 2010 - September 2011): Indonesia,
                                                                 Myanmar and Singapore.
The workshop in Bangkok was attended by countries of all three groups so as to achieve the following objectives:  

   (1)  To better understand the concept and direction of
          this project in ASEAN;
   (2)  To facilitate information sharing on the implementation of
          the project; and
   (3)  To help improve the conduct of the project by learning from
          the countries that has undertaken the project.
In the Introductory Session, ASEAN Secretariat and ADRC made presentations on the JAIF Project and the progress in this project made to date respectively. In the subsequent sessions, the representatives of each group presented the progress in this project made so far and relevant issues followed by lively discussion and exchange of ideas among participants.

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23 June 2009 (Thailand)

IMG_0002.jpgOn 23rd June 2009, ADRC held the Coordination Meeting for Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund Project "Promotion of Disaster Education of Schools" in collaboration with Office of the Permanent Secretary and Basic Education Commission, the Ministry of Education of Thailand. In the meeting, the project outline was introduced and the latest situation of disaster education in Thailand was reported. A lot of materials have already been developed; therefore, it is effective to make use of them for our activity. Hereafter, the teaching materials will be drafted for the Training of Pilot Teachers.

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ndcc&ddpm.JPG22-23 April (Manila, Philippines), 27-28 April (Bangkok, Thailand)


The second year program of the ASEAN project was launched in the Philippines and Thailand in April 2009, which aims at capacity building of local government officials in disaster management in the region. The program covers Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand this year.
The ADRC held conducted kick-off meetings on 22-23 in Manila, and then on 27-28 April in Bangkok with the national disaster management organizations of Philippines' National Disaster Coordination Council (NDCC), and Thai Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDMP) respectively. The participants of the meetings identified the needs for training based on the disaster management systems and training experiences of the countries. Then discussed on the program were issues such as training topics, experts to give lectures, the details for training of trainers and subsequent training for local government officials, and development of training materials. Also the participants visited training facilities for disaster management in both countries, the National Defense College of the Philippines (NDCP) of the Philippines and Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Academy (DPMA) of Thailand.

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22 March 2009 - 22 March 2010

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( 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

・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


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