ICHARM -- The International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management


ICHARM International symposium "Local Practices of Integrated Flood Risk Management under Changing Natural and Social Conditions" was held in Yoyogi, Tokyo. (30th September 2008)

An international symposium entitled "Local Practices of Integrated Flood Risk Management under Changing Natural and Social Conditions" was held for experts and researchers on water-related disasters at the National Olympics Memorial Youth Center in Yoyogi, Tokyo.

The symposium was started with opening addresses by Dr. Sakamoto, chief executive of the Public Works Research Institute (PWRI), and Dr. Andras Szollosi-Nagy, director of the UNESCO Division of Water. Prof. Takeuchi, director of ICHARM, presented the overall view of ICHARM activities, followed by more detailed presentations by ICHARM researchers. Other invited international speakers also delivered presentations on current situations and issues on water-related disasters under local natural and social conditions. An audience of about 90 at the symposium asked questions and made comments on the presentations, contributing to fruitful discussions with the speakers.


10:00-10:10 Opening Session
Welcome Address, Dr. Tadahiko Sakamoto, Chief Executive of PWRI
Opening Address, Dr. Andras Szollosi-Nagy, UNESCO

10:10-10:30 Outline of ICHARM activities
Dr. Kuniyoshi Takeuchi, Director of ICHARM

10:30-12:00 Presentation on several topics of ICHARM activities
10:30-10:50 Disaster Studies
(1) Overview of ICHARM's case studies on disaster management, Mr. Junichi Yoshitani
(2) Large-scale floods and policy effective lessons, Dr. Seyed Ali Chavoshian
(3) Water-related disaster vulnerability: a socio-demographic challenge, Dr. Yoganath Adikari

10:50-11:10 Technology for Flood Forecasting System
(1) Objective and concept of GFAS-Streamflow and IFAS, Mr. Kazuhiko Fukami
(2) Major features and functions of IFAS for poorly-gauged river basins, Dr. Jun Magome

11:10-11:30 Capacity Development
(1) Training Activities for Capacity Development, Mr. Shigenobu Tanaka
(2) Water-related Risk Management Course (Master Course), Dr. Jayawardena Amithirigala

11:30-12:00 Discussion

12:00-13:30 Lunch

13:30-17:00 Lectures by invited speakers

13:30-14:00 Integrated Water Resources Management - Past and Present of the Mississippi River Floods -
Dr. Eugene Z. Stakhiv, Executive Director, Institute for Water Resources (IWR), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

14:00-14:30 Ecohydrology and Flood Management
Dr. Maciej Zalewski, Director of the European Regional Centre for Ecohydrology u/a UNESCO

14:30-15:00 Experiences in Asian Monsoon Region
Dr. K. Abdullah, Former Director General of the Department of Irrigation and Drainage

15:00-15:20 Discussion

15:20-15:40 Break

15:40-16:10 Challenges in the Management of Water related Hazards and Disasters in Africa
Dr. F. M. Mutua, Associate Professor, University of Nairobi

16:10-16:40 Experiences in Arid Region
Dr. M. Saad, Emeritus Professor, Hydraulics Research Institute, National Water Research Center

16:40-17:00 Discussion

17:00-17:10 Closing Remarks

Dr. Sakamoto greets speakers and participants

Participants listen to a presentation