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Good Practices 2009


On average, approximately 200 million people have been affected by natural disasters every year around the world in recent decades. Most notably, the Sichuan Earthquake in China and tropical cyclone Nargis?both occurring in May 2008?resulted in a large degree of victims and damage. In 2009, a plethora of natural disasters again hit countries across Asia, such as earthquakes in Indonesia and typhoons in the Philippines or elsewhere, reminding us of the ever-growing need for cooperation in disaster relief, recovery, and rehabilitation, as well as for pre-disaster measures, such as disaster mitigation or awareness-raising.

Countries around the world along with international organizations, such as the UN, have been doing their utmost to implement the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005?2015: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters (HFA). Efforts to reduce disaster risks should be an integral part of the sustainable development process, such that international organizations, governments, private enterprises, NGOs, academics, and other entities concerned must work together to implement the five priorities for action adopted in the HFA.

Since its inception in 1998, the Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC) has been pursuing safety and security for those living in Asia through various means, including information sharing, human resource development, and community capacity-building. Further along this line, the ADRC has been collaborating with the UN and other international organizations/disaster management institutions in each country toward implementing the HFA.

This booklet, “Total Disaster Risk Management: Good Practices,” has been published annually since January 2005, when the United Nations World Conference on Disaster Reduction was held in Kobe, Hyogo, Japan. It is intended as a user-friendly publication and aims to further promote disaster risk reduction activities by demonstrating positive examples collected from different countries.

I hope that Good Practice 2009 will be widely used by policymakers, parishioners, and many others, thereby contributing to the realization of “Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters.”




1 Armenia

Building Disaster-Resilient Communities in Armenia’s Mountainous Areas through Dam Safety and Risk Reduction Measures

2 India

Good Practices in Landslide Risk Management
- An Example from Uttarkashi, Uttrakhand State, India

3 Indonesia

- Integrated Monitoring Enables Good Early Warning:
The 2007 Kelud Volcano Crisis in Indonesia
- The Role of the Quick Response Team During Volcanic Crises in Indonesia

4 Japan

・Building Public-Private Partnerships to Ensure Safe Gas Use

・Challenges at the Kiyomizu Temple and Surrounding Area

・Glass Power Campaign: Activities for Widespread Use of Disaster-Resistant Glass

・The “Community-based Disaster Reduction: Map Simulation” Program Local Disaster Reduction Activities Utilizing Large Neighborhood Maps

・The “Inamura no Hi ” Puppet Show Project

- Activities and Achievements -

・What Companies Have Learned from Experience

5 Kyrgyz Republic

・Disaster Risk Mitigation with Local Community Participation

・Establishment of Volunteer Rural Rescue Teams in Vulnerable Communities

6 Mongolia

Disaster Risk Reduction - Good Practice

7 Singapore

GExercise Northstar VI .

8 Thailand

Disaster Risk Reduction- Good Practice