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Environment and Disaster

From disaster risk management, climate change and environment to urban development, this categoryfocuses on education and preparedness on issues which intersect nature and society.


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Modernization of Hydrometeorological Services and Early Warning Systems

Session 3: Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and the Pacific – 2011 Series

Thursday, July 28, 2011, Time: 10:00-13:00 (JST)

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Yuri Mechitov—World Bank

Major advances in observation, analysis and prediction of high-impact weather and climate events have been achieved by some countries and are available to all. Effective Early Warning Systems (EWS) building on such information have substantially reduced deaths and injuries from severe weather events. National Meteorological Systems in many developing countries lack the capacity to access recent scientific and technical advances. Such agencies have limited observation networks, little experience in using numerical weather prediction, few opportunities for training, and have recurrent difficulty retaining their best-qualified staff. These circumstances weaken service delivery. The poor weather information services provided in these countries often make early warnings impossible, and lack of warning in turn leads to economic damage and loss of life that could have been avoided.

The objective of this session is to share knowledge and experiences on hydromet modernization initiatives for developing countries.

Partners

This session is part of a larger program. For more information see Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and the Pacific - 2011 Series

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Tourism Exchange for South Pacific Islands

2-day seminar

February 22nd, 2011 Time: 9:10-15:50 (JST)
February 23rd, 2011 Time: 12:10-15:20 (JST)


Carl Gustav—World Bank

 

World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Asia Pacific Tourism Exchange Center (APTEC) and Tokyo Development Learning Center, The World Bank (TDLC), are jointly hosting a 2-day seminar ‘Tourism Exchange of South Pacific Islands’. 5 countries will be connected via Video Conferencing- Indonesia, Fiji, Maldives, Timor-Leste and Japan to discuss and promote ideas and approaches for sustainable tourism. The purpose for this seminar is to improve the tourism sector, as well as developing the tourism relationship between participating countries and Japan. Advance registration required (first-come-first-served).

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Session 5: Urban Flood Risk Management: Experiences of Cities

Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and the Pacific – 2010 Distance Learning Seminar Series

December 15, 18:00-21:00 (JST)

Urban flooding poses a significant hazard and causes damage on infrastructure and the economy in cities. Urban poor populations are likely to be the hardest hit. Cities have tackled with it but there are still challenges in cities that have different characteristics.
The overall objective of this session is to disseminate good practice and approaches to flood and drainage management, and address issues and challenges of urban flooding prevention.  In this session, speakers from Senegal and Vietnam will be invited that would be a good opportunity for cross-regional knowledge exchange on urban flooding and drainage.

This session is part of a larger program. For more information see Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and the Pacific - 2010 Series

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Session 4: It Is Not Too Late: Preparing for East Asia’s Next Big Earthquake

Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and the Pacific – 2010 Distance Learning Seminar Series

October 25, 14:30-17:30 (JST)

The overall objective of this session is impart knowledge on reducing earthquake risk through promotion of safer construction, dissemination of good practice for new and existing infrastructure, and increasing the level of preparedness.
In this session, Peter Yanev, Senior Earthquake Specialist, Yanev Associates and Senior Consultant to the World Bank, one of the world’s top seismologists, to do a policy-note on preparing for East Asia’s next big earthquake. We will release the note during the upcoming Asian Ministerial Conference on DRR in Korea. Yanev is collaborating with local one local expert in China, Philippines and Indonesia. Another top seismologist , Professor T. C. Pan, Dean of NTU’s College of Engineering and Director of the Protective Technology Research Center, will speak on various aspects of seismic vulnerability reduction. 

This session is part of a larger program. For more information see Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and the Pacific - 2010 Series

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Microinsurance and its application in disaster risk management programs

Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and the Pacific – 2010 Distance Learning Seminar Series 

September 16, 2010 13:00-16:00 (JST)

The poor, with their limited assets and resources, are often excluded from formal insurance instruments. In many developing countries, the poor have resorted to other instruments – credits, grain banks, remittances, savings, etc – to tide them over during times of hardship. Microinsurance is thus seen as an effective instrument to protect the poor from the increasing impacts of disasters. It is flexible enough to suit the particular needs of the clients and to accommodate non-traditional institutional arrangements.
This session will highlight the various innovations on the application of microinsurance in DRM and the experiences and insights of practitioners.

Partners

This session is part of a larger program. For more information see Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and the Pacific - 2010 Series

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Conducting multi-hazard risk assessments

Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and the Pacific – 2010 Distance Learning Seminar Series

June 30 (Wed), 2010, 13:00-16:00 (JST)

The Risk Assessment shows the likelihood of an extreme hazard event and its impacts to vulnerable communities.  Disaster risk is a function of the characteristics and frequency of hazards experienced in a specified location, the nature of the elements at risk, and their inherent degree of vulnerability or resilience (which can include capacity). Effective risk reduction requires a multi-hazard risk assessment in order to determine which areas are at highest risk of experiencing a disaster and why, so that appropriate and cost-effective mitigation measures can be identified, adopted, and implemented. This session will also incorporate discussion on the effects and implications of climate change.

Partners

This session is part of a larger program. For more information see Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and the Pacific - 2010 Series

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Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and the Pacific - 2010 Series

Beginning April 1st, 2010 and continuing through the year

Natural disasters are a main source of risk for the poor, present a serious obstacle to achieving sustainable social and economic development. Disasters affect the poor most severely thus, measures taken to manage hazards and reduce their impact provide an effective vehicle to make substantial advances in fight against poverty. The countries of East Asia and the Pacific are among the most vulnerable in the world to effects caused by disasters.

Partners

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Capacity Building for Climate & Disaster Resilience

program duration: February - April 2010
City-level implementation and monitoring will continue for years after formal program completion


Disaster in Mumbai, India Photo courtesy of CITYNET

Climate change is happening.

The Asia Pacific has experienced repeated destruction and loss of lives due to climate-induced and hydro-meteorological disasters. To avoid being struck unprepared, appropriate measures need to be taken.

This capacity-building program helps local governments manage current and potential risks,

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CITYNET Yokohama Congress 2009 Kicks Off

September 10, 2009

CITYNET, an international network connecting over 100 cities and organizations, officially opened CITYNET Yokohama Congress 2009 on Tuesday in Yokohama, currently celebrating the 150th anniversary of the opening of its port.

Participants assembled from various parts of the Asia Pacific region and beyond at the waterfront Pacifico Yokohama convention complex, southwest of Tokyo. Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi, also CITYNET President, welcomed attendants to the opening session, followed by remarks from CITYNET First Vice President, Mumbai Mayor Shubha Raul and Bangkok Deputy Governor and CITYNET Second Vice President Chirakit Prakob as the four-day event kicked off.

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Strengthening Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and the Pacific Session 5

Community-based Disaster Risk Management

June 26, 2009 16:00-19:00 (Japan time)

The World Bank East Asia and Pacific Disaster Risk Management team, in collaboration with the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN), has started a learning and knowledge sharing seminar series on post-disaster recovery planning, risk financing, and disaster risk management from December 2008. Session 5 was held on June 26 2009 with focus on community-based disaster risk management.

This session is part of a larger program. For more information see Strengthening Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and the Pacific

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Strengthening Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and the Pacific Session 4

Natural Disasters – Sharing Experiences for Reconstruction

April 28, 2009 16:00-19:00 (Japan time)


© 2009 TCGI/WHRU, Daniel Pittet

The World Bank East Asia and Pacific Disaster Risk Management team, in collaboration with the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN), has started a learning and knowledge sharing seminar series on post-disaster recovery planning, risk financing, and disaster risk management from December 2008. Session 4 was held on April 28 2009 with focus on housing and community reconstruction after natural disasters.

This session is part of a larger program. For more information see Strengthening Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and the Pacific

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TDLC Partner Programs: 11th CITYNET Japan Forum

Human Security & Disaster Management

Friday, 20th March, 2009, 14:00 – 16:20 (JST)

imageThe Eleventh CITYNET Japan Forum is organised to address the important issue of human security and disaster management. The Forum highlights the strategies and approaches of Mumbai City which has faced not only natural disasters, such as flooding, but also man-made disasters, such as security issues. Mr. Rajendra Vale from the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) was invited to speak about what Mumbai has learned from the recent disasters and the City’s policy has changed. Dr. Rajib Shaw from Kyoto University whose expertise is on Disaster Management spoke about Japan’s experience on managing the disaster risks and its transferability.

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Strengthening Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and the Pacific Session 3

Local Government Approaches to Disaster Risk Management: Climate Resilient Cities

March 6, 2009 11am - 2 pm (Japan time)

The World Bank East Asia and Pacific Disaster Risk Management team, in collaboration with the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN), has started a learning and knowledge sharing seminar series on post-disaster recovery planning, risk financing, and disaster risk management from December 2008. Session 3 was held on March 6 2009 with focus on Local Government Approaches to Disaster Risk Management: Climate Resilient Cities.

This session is part of a larger program. For more information see Strengthening Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and the Pacific

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Disaster Nursing Training Course

Over 700 Nurses Gathered via GDLN for Disaster Preparedness and Response

February 17 & 18, 2009

imageTwo-day distance learning course on disaster nursing was held on February 17 and 18, 2009. This course aimed to socialize the understanding of the appropriate disaster nursing services among the nurses in Indonesia and Timor Leste. 

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Strengthening Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and the Pacific Session 2

Specialized Seminar - Introduction to Catastrophe Risk Financing Frameworks

December 2008 to June 2009

The World Bank East Asia and Pacific Disaster Risk Management team, in collaboration with the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN), has started a learning and knowledge sharing seminar series on post-disaster recovery planning, risk financing, and disaster risk management from December 2008.  Session 2 was held on Febuary 11, 2009 and provided participants with an understanding of catastrophe risk financing frameworks.

This session is part of a larger program. For more information see Strengthening Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and the Pacific

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Strengthening Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and the Pacific

6 sessions from December 2008 to June 2009

In collaboration with the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN), the World Bank East Asia and Pacific Disaster Risk Management (DRM) team delivered a six-session learning and knowledge-sharing videoconference seminar series between December 2008 and June 2009. Connecting six countries in the region by videoconference, the series focused on post-disaster recovery planning, risk financing, and disaster risk management.

Session 1 was held on December 11, 2008 (Thursday), 11:00-14:00pm (Japan Standard Time).

View the session Streaming via Internet.  Session 2 will be held on February 11, 2009 (Wednesday), 16:00-19:00pm (JST).

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Earthquake Disaster Mitigation in Asia

A Collaborative Research Project

Throughout 2008

Four Japanese institutions—the Building Research Institute (BRI), National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies and Mie University—are conducting a research project on Disaster Mitigation in Earthquake Prone Areas in Asia with research institutions across the region, using the GDLN as a platform to strengthen the network and facilitate collaboration.

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“Corporate Community Interface” in Disaster Risk Reduction

Kyoto University GSGES and Partners Discuss Program Contents Development

April 20, 2006

As part of a continuing effort to promote the concept of Corporate Community Interface (CCI) in disaster risk reduction, a second videoconference organized by Kyoto University Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies (GSGES) and the TDLC was held on April 20,2006 to discuss plans to develop a CCI program. Sites in Manila, Bangkok, Hanoi, New Delhi, Kobe and Tokyo connected to share experiences and expertise, and considered specific contents for a CCI Handbook which will serve as the basis for conversion into a distance learning program.

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Post Disaster Reconstruction Learning of the Indian Ocean Tsunami

Kyoto University GSGES Inaugurates New Program

April 20th, 2006

A new learning program titled "Post Disaster Reconstruction Learning of Indian Ocean Tsunami: Towards its Application to Pre Disaster Preparedness in Vulnerable Developing Countries" has begun at the TDLC, organized by the Kyoto University Graduate School of Global Environment Studies. In an inaugural videoconference held on April 20, 2006, Kuala Lumpur, Colombo, New Delhi and Tokyo connected to discuss the two-year program.

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Making Adobe Houses Earthquake Resistant

Building Research Institute of Japan Discusses Technology Issues with Peru

February 24, 2006

The International Institute of Seismology and Earthquake Engineering, part of Japan’s Building Research Institute (BRI), conducted a videoconference on technology for seismic resistant housing connecting Japan and Peru on February 24, 2006. The conference was the first such occasion after the Institute installed videoconferencing facilities in consultation with the TDLC.

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The Corporate Sector’s Role in Disaster Management

A New Learning Program Launched to Promote Holistic Approach

November 17th, 2005

A new GDLN learning program which aims to share environment and disaster management practices within the private sector has been launched by the TDLC and its partner, Kyoto University Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies (GSGES). Titled “Corporate Community Interface for Environment and Disaster Management: Beyond Corporate Social Responsibility”, a total of six video conference seminars are planned through February 2007.

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TDLC Participates in Launch of International Recovery Platform

Enhancing knowldge sharing and policy dialogue in tsunami response and disaster management

May 13th, 2005

The International Recovery Platform (IRP) was launched at the International Seminar on Recovery in Kobe from May 11 to 13.

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Rethinking Disaster Reduction - A Development Challenge

Natural disasters are not just an humanitarian issue, but a development issue

January 21st, 2005

Coinciding with the World Conference on Disaster Reduction held in Kobe from January 18 to 22, the TDLC and Kobe University Graduate School of International Cooperation Studies held a seminar entitled Rethinking Disaster Reduction - A Development Challenge on January 21.


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