New Knowledge Briefs on Disaster Risk Reduction

okta pictureThe Pan-Asia Risk Reduction (PARR) Fellowship Program is pleased to announce the release of three knowledge briefs on urban disaster risk and vulnerability under global environmental change. The knowledge briefs are outputs from competitive grants on topics ranging from the creation and testing of a decision support system in the Philippines, an analysis of the linkage between urbanization and disaster in India, and validation of a framework for school-community collaboration for coastal community resilience. Click below to download the knowledge briefs.

 


Decision and Framework for Decision Support System for Highly Urbanized Megacities: Case study Metro Manila
Principal Investigator: Gemma T. Narisma

 

Exploring the Existing School-Community Network and Enabling Environment for Enhancing Community Resilience to Disaster
Principal Investigator: Rina Suryani Oktari

 

Flood Risk Vulnerability of Peri-urban Communities: The case of Surat
Principal Investigator: Aparna

 


 

parr logoThe PARR Fellowship Program offers unique research, training and educational opportunities to Asian researcher, practitioners, and policy makers to enhance their capabilities for advancing and applying knowledge on critical issues of global change and risk in the Asia-Pacific. The PARR Program is pioneered by an international alliance of science-focused, research, education and capacity building organizations that share a common goal and complementary track records for advancing resilience and sustainability in the Asia-Pacific.

We appreciate the financial and administrative support of the Oscar M. Lopez Center (Philippines), Kyoto University (Japan), Manila Observatory (Philippines), National Science & Technonlogy Center for Disaster Reduction (Taiwan), University of Los Baños, Thammasat University (Thailand), and START (USA). Finally, we recognize the financial support of Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research, the United States Global Change Research Program, and the International Centre of Excellence for Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR-Taiwan).

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Knowledge Brief: Design and Framework for a Decision Support System for Highly Urbanized MegaCities – Case Study Metro Manila

PARR Knowledge Brief_gemma_Page_1The Pan-Asia Risk Reduction (PARR) Fellowship Program has released three knowledge briefs on urban disaster risk and vulnerability under global environmental change. The knowledge briefs are outputs from competitive grants on topics ranging from the creation and testing of a decision support system in the Philippines, an analysis of the linkage between urbanization and disaster in India, and validation of a framework for school-community collaboration for coastal community resilience.

This knowledge brief, “Design and Framework for a Decision Support System for Highly Urbanized MegaCities: Case Study Metro Manila” was written by PARR Fellow, Gemma T. Narisma, describing her work in Manilla, Philippines. The brief explores effective science information communication towards risk reduction.  It introduces the framework of a decision support system for extreme events for Metro Manila and potentially other highly urbanized megacities.

Knowledge Brief: Exploring the Existing School-Community Network and Enabling Environment for Enhancing Community Resilience to Disaster

PARR Knowledge Brief_okta_Page_1The Pan-Asia Risk Reduction (PARR) Fellowship Program has released three knowledge briefs on urban disaster risk and vulnerability under global environmental change. The knowledge briefs are outputs from competitive grants on topics ranging from the creation and testing of a decision support system in the Philippines, an analysis of the linkage between urbanization and disaster in India, and validation of a framework for school-community collaboration for coastal community resilience.

This knowledge brief, “Exploring the Existing School-Community Network and Enabling Environment for Enhancing Community Resilience to Disaster” was written by PARR Fellow, Rina Suryani Oktari, describing her work in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. The brief evaluates the school-based disaster
preparedness program.  It explores the existing network and enabling environment by identifying the network actors, strength of their relationships, and opportunities, challenges, and factors influencing strengthening of the network to enhance community disaster resilience.

Knowledge Brief: Flood Risk Vulnerability of Peri-urban Communities – The Case of Surat

PARR Knowledge Brief_aparna_Page_01The Pan-Asia Risk Reduction (PARR) Fellowship Program has released three knowledge briefs on urban disaster risk and vulnerability under global environmental change. The knowledge briefs are outputs from competitive grants on topics ranging from the creation and testing of a decision support system in the Philippines, an analysis of the linkage between urbanization and disaster in India, and validation of a framework for school-community collaboration for coastal community resilience.

This knowledge brief, “Flood Risk Vulnerability of Peri-urban Communities: The Case of Surat” was written by PARR Fellow, Aparna, describing her work in Gujarat state of India. The brief examines the impact of the 2006 floods on peri-urban households by identifying the most affected communities; determining the extent of inundated areas in Surat and its surroundings; and revealing the coping mechanisms and adaptation strategies being used.

Article in All India Disaster Mitigation Institute’s Publication

136 Snet Children and Humanitarian Assistance in South AsiaSTART was pleased to contribute to the September 2015 issue (#136) of Southasiadisasters.net on ‘Children and Humanitarian Assistance in South Asia’.

You can download the full publication AIDMI’s website http://www.aidmi.org/publications.aspx.

Our article, “START: Two Decades of Impact in Asia,” can be found on page 15, as shown below.  

 

START article - page 15

 

Pan Asia Risk Reduction Fellowship Program Brochure

The Pan-Asia Risk Reduction (PARR) Fellowship Program offers unique research, training and educational opportunities to Asian researchers, practitioners, and policy makers to enhance their capabilities for advancing and applying knowledge on critical issues of GEC and risk reduction in the Asia-Pacific. The PARR Fellowship Program fulfills the needs of the region for researchers, practitioners, and policy makers who are able to plan with foresight to address the increasingly complex challenges of GEC and risk reduction and management. The Program establishes a knowledge to action network of people and institutions capable of developing and implementing innovative approaches to planning and action at local, national, and regional levels. Learn more

On the Move: Hassan Virji in Temporary Residence at Kyoto University

Update blog from START Executive Director Hassan Virji

hassan-presenting-2During October and part of November, I have the honor of being a Visiting Professor in Kyoto University’s Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies. Within the graduate school, I am hosted by the Graduate School of Sustainability and Survivability Studies. Physically, I am located in the International Environment and Disaster Management (IEDM) Laboratory. This lab is START’s partner in the PARR Alliance, a network of institutions from academia, public and private sectors, that collaborates on the Pan Asia Risk Reduction (PARR) Fellowship program. The lab, under the able leadership of Professor Rajib Shaw, conducts research and engages graduate students from across Asia. The lab has developed a highly regarded framework for assessing “Disaster Resilience Index”, that has been applied at urban to regional and socio-economic sectoral scales. Prolific research and publications output from the lab has set a high bar in academia at Kyoto University.

The IEDM lab is also a host institution for the inaugural round of the PARR program. During my stay here, four PARR fellows are in residence, three of who are shown in the photo that accompanies this post – Ms. Aparna, Ms. Rina Suryani Oktari, and Ms. Thinn Hlaing Oo, seated with their Fellowship supervisor Professor Rajib Shaw and myself. The Fellows had just presented their work to IEDM staff and graduate students. Their work focuses on (1) role of school-community collaborative networks in building disaster resilience in coastal region of Myanmar and Bandar Aceh in Sumarta island of Indonesia, respectively, and (2) understanding the role of regulatory frameworks in managing flood risk and vulnerability in Surat, India.

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I currently share an office with these PARR Fellows, which allows me to interact with them on a daily basis. Their diligence, commitment, and scholarship are exemplary. They have actively interacted with IEDM’s academic staff and graduate students. For them, rewards of the PARR experience, so far, have been that their research work has become more focused, resulting in working papers that will later be available on the START website and may be refined and submitted for publication. During their time together at IEDM, Thinn, Okta, and Aparna have also become friends. This is indeed a basic ingredient for fostering a network of collaborating Fellows.

Besides interacting with PARR fellows and graduate students, and giving seminars, I have also been involved in developing other collaborations, for example with the Future Earth Regional Hub based in Kyoto at the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, and with the Asian University Network for Environment and Disaster Management.

Being in the heart of academic setting in Kyoto is an uplifting experience. I firmly believe that START and IEDM will have a sustained and highly productive relationship for years to come.

– Hassan

PARR Fellows visiting Manila Observatory

Host Institution

Manila Observatory
PHILIPPINES
The Manila Observatory is a private, non-stock, non-profit scientific research institution established in 1885 by the Jesuit mission in the Philippines. From its first work in astronomy, today’s Observatory finds itself at the nexus of global concerns for the environment and development. With its tradition of excellence and service in scientific research, the Observatory envisions itself as a vital partner in critically global yet locally relevant concerns. Through its present research programs, the Observatory now actively confronts these new challenges through a science that must inform and guide the shaping of a safe and sustainable future for humankind.

Antonia Loyzaga
Supervisor
Ms. Antonia Yulo Loyzaga is the Executive Director of the Manila Observatory and a consultant to international organizations on disaster risk management and poverty alleviation. She currently leads the metropolitan Manila team of the Coastal Cities at Risk (CCaR), an international project aimed at building capacity for climate change adaptation in five major coastal megacities. She recently organized a regional disaster risk research consortium linking selected universities in the Philippines; and the Metro Weather Network, a private-public partnership to monitor urban climate and weather. She is a member of the Science and Technology Committee of the UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines, the Department of Science and Technology Committee on Space Technology Applications (COSTA) and the Department of Foreign Affairs Committee on Ocean Concerns. She has an MA in Government from Georgetown University and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Ateneo de Manila University. She recently co-published an award-winning visual anthropology of informal settlements in metropolitan Manila.


Fellows visiting Manila Observatory

Resfaniarto INDRAKA
Mr. Resfaniarto Indraka finished his undergraduate study at Institute Technology of Bandung (ITB) majoring in urban and regional planning. He is pursuing a masters degree at the University of Indonesia majoring in planning and public policy. He is currently employed by the Bureau of Spatial Planning and Environment, Jakarta Capital City Government, with major responsibility to formulate policy in spatial planning, environmental, and land matter in Jakarta. Other responsibilities include controlling space utilization and urban growth. As an urban planner, he is also affiliated with Indonesia Association of Planners (IAP). IAP conducts research on spatial planning, disaster risk reduction, and climate change, especially in Jakarta. Mr. Indraka’s main interests are to promote disaster risk reduction and climate change issues into policy formulation.

Saut SAGALA
Dr. Saut Sagala is an assistant professor at School of Architecture, Planning and Policy Development, Institute of Technology Bandung (ITB), Bandung, Indonesia. Dr. Sagala has conducted intensive research and consultancy experiences on spatial planning, disaster risk management and climate change adaptation while also works as an Editorial Board Member of ASEAN Engineering Journal. He also serves as a Senior Research Fellow at Resilience Development Initiative (resilience research community) and an adviser for Bandung Disaster Study Group, empowering university students to conduct disaster education for children and youth in West Java.

PARR Fellows visiting University of Philippines Los Baños

Host Institutions

University of Philippines Los Baños
PHILIPPINES
The University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), a coeducational, publicly funded academic, research and extension institution, is one of the seven constituent universities of the University of the Philippines System. UPLB is dedicated to advancing knowledge and educating students in science, technology, agriculture, forestry, and veterinary medicine.

Nathaniel Bantayan
Supervisor

Decibel Faustino-Eslava
Supervisor

Fellows visiting University of Philippines Los Baños

Md. Azizul BARI
Mr. Md. Azizul Bari is a PhD candidate in environmental economics of Institute for Environment and Development (LESTARI) at National University of Malaysia. Mr. Bari’s research interests and experiences are on disaster risk reduction, climate change mitigation policy and lifestyle changes, and climate change adaptation. The title of his current research project is “Potential reduction of water consumption and carbon dioxide emission from life style changes: A case study in Malaysia”. As a graduate research assistant, he was primarily involved in the project on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation-enhancing capacity for sustainable livelihood and lifestyles changes: A case study in Malaysia. He has supported the Review Editor of the IPCC Special Report (SREX) of Chapter 7 and IPCC working group-II assessment report 5 of Chapter 24.

Nurfashareena MUHAMAD
Ms. Nurfashareena Muhamad is a PhD candidate at Southeast Asia Disaster Prevention Research Initiative (SEADPRI) in the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. She has experience in the field of Geographic Information System (GIS) and Remote Sensing by training and is now developing interest and capacity in disaster risk reduction. Ms. Fasha’s research focuses on optimizing the use of geospatial technology in landuse planning and development. In the emerging challenges of urbanization and population growth, innovative development planning through the use of scientific data to develop a database to systematize geo-data via geospatial technologies (GIS and Remote Sensing) and generate maps and indicators thus, are needed to support the decision-making process in urban areas. In her current study, she explores the potential of integrated disaster map to serve as decision support tool to reduce risk and vulnerability of disaster in one of the river basin in the district of Selangor, Peninsular Malaysia. The main objective is to bridge science and policy through good use of scientific data and communicating it for planning purposes and decision-making.

PARR Fellows visiting NCDR

Host Institution

National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction
TAIWAN
The mandate of National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction (NCDR) is to provide research and development promotion, technical support, and application implementation. The Center is responsible for integrating local Industry-Government-Academia capabilities in disaster preventions and responses and facilitates the vertical integration of the disaster prevention and response technical development system to bring technical results closer to people’s surrounding environment and enhance security and happiness in life.

Wei-Sen Li
Supervisor
Dr. Wei-Sen Li currently is Secretary-General of National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction (NCDR) and is responsible for international collaboration on disaster risk reduction. Since 2009, Dr. Li is the committee member of The Committee of Natural Disaster Reduction of The Chinese Institute of Civil and Hydraulic Engineering. He has worked as the Division Chief of Management System and Policy Division of NCDR during 2004~2007. Before joining the NCDR in 2004, Dr. Li was Assistant Professor of Department of Civil Engineering of the Dahan Institute of Technology. In 1999, he received a fellowship as a Visiting Scholar in the Structural Department of the University of California San Diego to study seismic design of bridges. Dr. Li is the Co-Chair of the Emergency Preparedness Working Group (EPWG) since 2012 under the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). In the capacity of APEC EPWG Co-Chair, he is working on enhancing capacity building and strengthening regional collaboration on emergency preparedness and disaster reduction.


Fellows visiting NCDR

Jessica DATOR-BERCILLA
Ms. Jessica Dator-Bercilla currently serves as the Science-Policy Research Specialist at the Manila Observatory, as Senior Fellow at the Ateneo School of Government; and concurrently a Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer for Asia and the Middle East at Christian Aid. Her area of interest is transforming disaster and climate science in forms that will be more accessible to and will build better capacities on resilience and adaptation of at-risk communities. Ms. Dator-Bercilla has helped initiate programs, advocacy and policy work, and research that led to disaster and climate resilience work in communities, the crafting of disaster risk reduction and climate change policies, a toolkit for the integration of DRR-CCA in development planning for local government units, and publications on disaster risk reduction and climate change-related work in the Philippines and in Southeast Asia.

Kannika KOMWONG
Ms. Kannika Komwong is a masters degree student with Faculty of Architecture and Planning, Thammasat University and a geo-informatics scientist with Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA), Thailand. Her work focuses on planning and management of geospatial data to support various missions including finding suitable locations for the development of agricultural areas, urban and landuse change monitoring, analysis of flood damage area, and MIS and GIS database use to manage provincial development plan application. Her current focus is the integration of her background with the social and community perspectives into algorithms and processing, especially in the spatial statistics analysis as a criteria for social economic loss analysis.

Gemma NARISMA





Kunyaphat THANAKUNWUTTIROT
Ms. Kunyaphat Thanakunwutthirot is a lecturer at Suansunantha Rajaphat University, Technology Computer Application In Architecture. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Urban Planning Program in Urban Architecture, Chulalongkorn University and a Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning Program, Chulalongkorn University. She is preparing to pursue a doctorate at Thammasat University. Her interests in research include urban risk management on disaster risk reduction and climate change.