ADBI-ICHARM Policy Dialogue on Water-Related Disaster Resilience Under Climate Change

Events

ADBI-ICHARM Policy Dialogue on Water-Related Disaster Resilience Under Climate Change

27 January 2020 to 28 January 2020
Tokyo
Japan

Under the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, national governments are primarily responsible for disaster risk reduction and are advised to work closely with local governments and the private sector on mitigation efforts. Priority focuses stipulated in the framework include understanding disaster risk through data collection and analysis, strengthening disaster risk governance, investing in disaster risk reduction, and enhancing disaster preparedness and recovery.

UNESCO’s International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management (ICHARM) has been conducting innovative research on water-related disaster data collection, storage, and statistical analysis, as well as risk assessment, risk monitoring, and risk change prediction. ICHARM has also promoted policy ideas for enhancing water-related disaster risk reduction, disaster management, and capacity building programs.

Co-organized by ADBI and ICHARM, this policy dialogue examined ways to promote water-related disaster resilience in developing Asia through the adoption of scientific evidence and tools in policymaking. The discussions drew upon Japan’s disaster risk management program and lessons learned. The emphasis was on facilitating the adoption of comprehensive governance, financing, and management frameworks that advance disaster risk reduction.

Objectives

  • Build understanding of water-related, climate-driven disaster risks in Asia such as floods and drought
  • Foster water-related disaster resilience experience sharing to guide developing Asian countries

Strengthen investment, policy implementation, and governance to boost disaster risk reduction and recovery

Participants

  • Senior government officials from developing Asian countries including Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka
  • Officials from Japan’s Meteorological Agency, Cabinet Office and Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport
  • Experts from think tanks, and international organizations such as the Asian Development Bank, United Nations University, and World Bank

Output

  • Identification of key trends, and challenges regarding water-related disaster risk governance, accountability, and reduction
  • Policy recommendations for enhancing disaster risk management in the region’s developing countries
  • Promotion of water-related disaster resilience cooperation and partnerships
Program and Learning Materials: 
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
27 Jan 2020 Opening Plenary Keynote Welcome Remarks Professor Naoyuki Yoshino, ADBI and Professor Toshio Koike, ICHARM
27 Jan 2020 Opening Plenary Keynote Recent Initiatives on Water-Related Disaster Resilience​: Science, Investment, Governance Kunihiro Yamada, Vice-Minister for Engineering affairs, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), Japan
27 Jan 2020 Dialogue Session 1: Sharing Experiences Center for Urban Water, Sri Lanka
This presentation introduces the activities of Center for Urban Water in Sri Lanka (CUrW) for its efforts in implementing rainfall forecast ...
Srikantha Herath
27 Jan 2020 Dialogue Session 1: Sharing Experiences Climate Change, Flood Early Warning System, and River Flood Disasters
This material introduces the climate change vulnerability of Myanmar and emphasizes the importance of the flood early warning system in managing...
Kyaw Moe Oo
27 Jan 2020 Dialogue Session 1: Sharing Experiences A.K. Karunanayake
27 Jan 2020 Dialogue Session 1: Sharing Experiences Ardhasena Sopaheluwakan
27 Jan 2020 Dialogue Session 1: Sharing Experiences Socrates Paat, Jr.
27 Jan 2020 Dialogue Session 1: Sharing Experiences Collaborative Activities and Efforts Based on Lessons from Past Events (Japan)
Despite the presence of an effective system, Japan faces issues in prompting timely evacuation. This presentation provides an overview of the...
Hisaki Eito
27 Jan 2020 Dialogue Session 2: Strengthening Governance Integrated Governance for Disaster Risk Reduction
This presentation provides a comprehensive review of the current challenges and the requirements in disaster risk management in Japan. By proposing...
Kenzo Hiroki
27 Jan 2020 Dialogue Session 2: Strengthening Governance Session Keynote S. Ranasinghe
27 Jan 2020 Dialogue Session 2: Strengthening Governance Myint Soe
27 Jan 2020 Dialogue Session 2: Strengthening Governance Disaster Risk Reduction Policies in Japan
This presentation provides a comprehensive overview of the legislative and Institutional arrangements of disaster risk reduction in Japan. It...
Akifumi Nakao
27 Jan 2020 Dialogue Session 3: Encouraging Investment
27 Jan 2020 Dialogue Session 3: Encouraging Investment Book Release Ceremony: “Water Insecurity and Sanitation in Asia”
27 Jan 2020 Dialogue Session 3: Encouraging Investment Session Keynote Professor Naoyuki Yoshino
27 Jan 2020 Dialogue Session 3: Encouraging Investment Session Keynote Asiri Karunawardena
27 Jan 2020 Dialogue Session 3: Encouraging Investment Naoko Nemoto
27 Jan 2020 Dialogue Session 3: Encouraging Investment K.D.N. Siriwardena
27 Jan 2020 Dialogue Session 3: Encouraging Investment Koki Hirota
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
28 Jan 2020 Dialogue Session 4: Implementation Design Session Keynote Toshio Koike
28 Jan 2020 Dialogue Session 4: Implementation Design Session Keynote Anthony Sales
28 Jan 2020 Dialogue Session 4: Implementation Design Zaw Lwin Tun
28 Jan 2020 Dialogue Session 4: Implementation Design Thamara Manel Atapattu
28 Jan 2020 Dialogue Session 4: Implementation Design Jerry Austria Fano
28 Jan 2020 Wrap Up and Closing Remark KE Seetharam

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