5th International Conference on Flood Management

ICHARM, ICFM5 Secretariat organized the 5th International Conference on Flood Management in Tokyo from 27 to 29 September. More than 450 participants from 41 different nations participated in the conference.

The call for abstracts and on-line registration found an unexpected success. The ICFM5 Secretariat received 417 abstracts covering all the announced topic areas. More than 250 participants traveled to Tokyo from outside of Japan to join about 200 other participants who came from across Japan to attend the conference. The International Scientific Committee reviewed all submitted abstracts for relevance to the ICFM5 objectives. In total, 256 presentations were delivered during the 3-day conference at various opportunities including plenary sessions, special sessions, oral parallel and poster sessions. A few high-level experts were also invited to make presentations at the International Forum on Mega-Water Disaster in the first day of ICFM5.

The ICFM5 started its first day on 27 September at the United Nations University (UNU) in Tokyo with the welcome address and opening remark by Prof. Kuniyoshi Takeuchi, director of ICHARM. Mr. Michel Jarraud (WMO Secretary General), Prof. Soon-tak Lee (UNESCO-IHP chair), Prof. Kazuhiko Takeuchi (UNU Vice-Rector) and Prof. Slobodan Simonovic (ICFM Ad-hoc Committee Chair) also spoke at the opening ceremony.

Plenary Session
Plenary Session 1 at the UNU on 27 September.

In addition to two plenary sessions on "Flood Forecasting and Early Warning Systems" and "Floods, Landslides and Debris Flows due to Torrential Downpours", the International Forum on Mega Water Disasters was held by MLIT and other governmental organizations in conjunction with ICFM5 in the afternoon of the first day.

The main objective of the forum was to incorporate recent experiences and lessons learned from the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami to ICFM5. Sessions of high-level experts and decision makers were convened and their discussions were reflected during the conference. His Imperial Highness Crown Prince of Japan and a few other high-ranking officials including Mr. Mir Changez Khan Jamali, the minister of the Science and Technology of Pakistan, and Mr. Rogelio Singson, the secretary of the Philippine Department of Public Works and Highways (DPHW), took part in the event.

The second and third days of ICFM5 were dedicated to special, parallel and poster/exhibition sessions. All participants received a book of abstract proceedings containing more than 300 accepted abstracts in both hard copy and digital form. A copy of the first ICHARM book series on "Large-scale Flood reports" as a contribution to the International Flood Initiative was also distributed to all participants. The conference ended on 29 September after reading the draft of the ICFM5 declaration and announcing Brazil as the host of ICFM6.

An Overview to the ICFM5 Technical Program

A) International Forum on Mega-Water-Disaster and two other plenary sessions with 14 oral presentations and discussions:

Plenary Session
High Level Expert Panel Discussion.

B) 8 special sessions with 34 oral presentations and discussions in the following sessions:

Special Session
One of the special sessions at the Akihabara UDX on 29 September.

C) 26 parallel sessions in nine time slots with 156 oral presentations (15 minutes including discussion) in five topic areas as follow:

Topic 1: Flood Risk Management (Prevention, Mitigation and Adaptation) with 48 presentations
Topic 2: Flood Disaster Management (Preparedness, Emergency Response and Recovery) with 30 presentations
Topic 3: Flood Forecasting and Early Warning Systems with 40 presentations
Topic 4: Flood Management in Different Climate Conditions and Geographic Zones with 20 presentations
Topic 5: Cross-cutting and other topics with 18 presentations

Parallel Session
One of the parallel sessions at the Akihabara UDX on 28 September.

D) Poster sessions with 48 displayed posters on 28 and 29 September

E) Booth exhibitions with 15 organizations and companies

WMO, NCDR-Taiwan, JWA, RFC, Tokyo University, IDI, ICHARM, Forum8, Pacific Consultants, Takuwa, YSI Nanotech, Yachiyo Eng., Kokusai Kogyo, Obayashi-Gumi, PASCO Corporation

Plenary Session
Poster sessions at the Akihabara UDX.

F) Side Events

G) Post-conference Technical and Cultural Tours

About 40 participants joined two technical tours for flood risk management to visit Arakawa and Tsurumi river. About 20 participants also joined a cultural tour of Tokyo.

ICFM5 Outcomes

Following three days of extensive discussions on important issues that communities, nations and regions face in flood management, a draft of the ICFM5 declaration was made by the ICFM5 chair and ad-hoc committee with respect to various discussions at ICFM5. The draft is available at the ICFM5 website at the ICFM5 website.

The draft of the declaration acknowledges:

It also declares:

The Declaration therefore agrees in the draft version :

Prof. Takeuchi wraps up the conference at the closing ceremony.

Post-Conference Publications


ICHARM would like to extend its deep gratitude and appreciation to the ICFM5 participants for the faith they had in us and tangible contribution to the success of the conference. We hope it was a fruitful conference for all of you. Please feel free to send us your comments or inquiries to the ICFM5 Secretariat at ICHARM.