2015 Advanced Institute on Disaster Risk Reduction and Loss Mitigation

The 2015 Advanced Institute (AI) on Disaster Risk Reduction and Loss Mitigation, which took place during April 20-25, 2015 in Taipei, Taiwan, provided 17 young to middle-career researchers and practitioners from Southeast Asia with the enhanced understanding, skills and practical knowledge to reduce disaster risk and mitigate disaster losses in their own countries.

Dr. Wei-Sen Lee, Secretary General of the The National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction (NCDR), discussing with a group of participants

The 6-day, intensive training was hosted and organized by the IRDR International Center of Excellence (IRDR-ICoE) in Taipei, Taiwan, in partnership with START, the International Council for Science (ICSU), and IRDR.

This year’s AI covered a number of important themes, including integrative risk management; disaster typologies; approaches, tools and systems for risk and loss reduction; socio-economic aspects of disaster loss; recovery and reconstruction after disasters and policy and planning in disaster risk and loss reduction.

Participants at the 921 Earthquake Museum of Taiwan

The advanced training included lectures by eminent scholars and practitioners in disaster risk reduction and management, hands-on interactive exercises, trainee panels, and field visits to the National Center for Research on Earthquake Engineering (NCREE), the National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction (NCDR), and the 921 Earthquake Museum of Taiwan. At the conclusion of the Advanced Institute the participants presented individual and collaborative project proposals, which they conceptualized during the AI. Links to the lecture powerpoints and participant project concepts can be found below.

For more information, please contact Senay Habtezion.

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AI Presentations

Monday, April 20, 2015
Day 1: Introduction: Typologies of Disasters

Rudiger Klein (IRDR) – Integrated Disaster Risk Management and Post-Sendai reflections
Joy Pereira (SEADPRI-Universiti Kebangsaan, Malaysia) – IPCC AR5 Perspectives on Disaster Loss & Mitigation in Asia
Haruo Hayashi (Kyoto University) – Societal and Human Reactions to Disasters: The Case of 2011 Tohuku Earthquake and Tsunamis
Shunichi Koshimura (Tohoku University) – Earthquake and Tsunami Related Challenges of Disaster Risk Reduction and Loss Mitigation
Lap-Loi Chung (NCREE Taiwan) – Seismic Upgrading of School Buildings in Taiwan
Gee-Yu Liu (NCREE Taiwan) – Earthquake Disaster Simulation – Theory and Application
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Day 2: Typologies of Disasters cont.
Slobodan Simonovic (University of Western Ontario, Canada) – Floods in a Changing Climate: Risk Management
Kuniyoshi Takeuchi (ICHARM, PWRI, Japan) – Practical Experiences of Integrated Flood Risk Management in Japan
Sucharit Koontanakulvong (Chulalongkorn University, Thailand) – Lessons learned in the Chao Phraya floods 2011
Colin Hsin-Chi Li (NCDR Taiwan) – Taiwan Loss Assessment System of Typhoon & Flood
Yu Ching Lin (NCDR Taiwan) – Development and Promotion of Landslide Disaster Reduction in Taiwan
Senay Habtezion (START) / Bob Alexander (Consultant) – Participants panel – Integrated Disaster Risk Management
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Day 3: Early Warning & Disaster Preparedness
Ming-Dean Cheng (CWB, Taiwan) – Extreme Weather Forecasting
Jiun-Huei Jang (NCDR Taiwan) – Flood Early Warning and Mitigation
Pei-yang Lin (NCREE Taiwan) – Development of Earthquake Early Warning System and Disaster Reduction Service
Hsiao-Yuan Yin (Soil & Water Conservation Bureau, Taiwan) – Early Warning and Monitoring of Debris Flow
Wei-Sen Li (NCDR Taiwan) – Knowledge-Information-Based Emergency Preparedness and Risk Communication to Decision Makers
Bob Alexander (Consultant) – Community-Based Disaster Preparedness
Senay Habtezion (START) / Bob Alexander (Consultant) – Participants panel – Early Warning and Disaster Preparedness
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Day 4: Field Visit: Earthquake Museum of Taiwan
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Friday, April 24, 2015
Day 5: Social Cost of Disaster Loss; Recovery & Reconstruction After Disasters
Rajib Shaw (Kyoto University) – Social Capital and Disaster Risk Reduction
Emma Porio (Ateneo de Manila University) – Social Costs Related to Disaster Risk Reduction and Loss Mitigation
Jenn-Chuan Chern (NTU-Taiwan) – Typhoon Morakot Post-Disaster Reconstruction in Taiwan
Rajib Shaw (Kyoto University) – Potentials of Community-Based Recovery Process in Tohoku, Japan
Michael Schwarz (Swiss Re Hong Kong) – Managing Natural Disasters Beyond Risk Reduction
Torbors Chyuan (World Vision, Taiwan) – Relief and Humanitarian Interventions on Typhoon Morakot
Rodolfo Santiago (Philippines) – Relief and Humanitarian Intervention in the Philippines – Typhoon Haiyan
Bob Alexander (Consultant) – Post-Event Community System Resilience Strengthening
Senay Habtezion (START) / Bob Alexander (Consultant) – Participants panel – Recovery and Reconstruction After Disasters
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Day 6: Participant Presentations and Reflections
Long Nguyen Hoang – Insurance as Driver for Resilience (Vietnam)
Quan Nguyen, Sathaporn Monprapussorn, Pradeep Bose, Tam Huey, Ven Valenzuela – Transforming Urban Flood Maps To Local Practices (Studies of India, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam)
Quan Nguyen, Ven Paulo Valenzuela – Multistakeholder Leadership in the Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 (Vietnam, Philippines)
Sameer Deshkar, Brajesh Jaiswal – A Pathway Towards Generating Resilient Rural Communities in India
Amrit Sharma, Mohan Chand – Measuring Risk Resilience of Community Through Integrated Vulnerability and Risk Assessment (Nepal)
Kristoffer Berse, Edlin Lumanog, Joan Paulin Tabulo, Rhmat Aris Pratomo, Agnes Patongloan, Ven Paolo Valenzuela, Sameer Deshkar, Anna Napieralska, and Kimberly Gonzales – Beyond Reducing Disaster Risks: Strengthening Community Resilience in Selected Coastal and Island Communities in Indonesia and Philippines

Last Updated on June 25th, 2015