The Asian Water Cycle Initiative (AWCI) Session was convened online on February 26, 2021, as a sectional meeting of the 13th Asia-Oceania Group on Earth Observations (AOGEO) Symposium. The session opened with video messages from Dr. Basuki Hadimuljono, the minister of the Public Works and Housing in Indonesia, and Dr. Renato U. Solidum, Jr., the undersecretary of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in the Philippines, and opening remarks by Prof. HIROKI Kenzo of the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies of Japan. Presentations followed, quickly reviewing past activities for AWCI, a new framework and strategy, the policy dialogue cooperated by ADBI and ICHARM, and country reports from Sri Lanka and the Philippines among the participating countries.
In response to the proposal to develop an Online Synthesis System (OSS) as a new implementation plan regarding Platforms on Water Resilience and Disasters, a project supported by IFI, Sri Lankan participants, the director generals of MD, ID, NBRO, and DMC, and the deputy director of the Water Resources Planning Division of the Mahaweli Authority expressed their intention to support the new plan and discussed its realization. From the participants of the Philippines, Dr. Anthony C. Sales, the regional director of DOST XI, delivered a presentation on the Davao River basin management and their detailed OSS development plan. Furthermore, PAGASA, DPWH, and UPLB explained, in an integrated manner, a series of activities in which they engaged when and after Typhoon Vamco (Typhoon Ulysses in the Philippines) hit and caused severe damage to the Luzon island last November.
The session gathered more than 60 participants and had fruitful discussions toward the input for the AOGEO Symposium statement. The discussion results in the AWCI session will be conveyed to the 13th AOGEO Symposium (https://aogeo.net/2021/), held online from March 3 to 5.
The plaque ceremony will be held when the TC session is convened on a face-to-face basis.
ADBI: Asian Development Bank Institute
IFI: International Flood Initiative
MD: Meteorological Department
ID: Irrigation Department
NBRO: National Building Research Organization
DMC: Disaster Management Center
PAGASA: Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration
DPWH: Department of Public Works and Highways
UPLB: University of the Philippines Los Baños
H.E. Dr. Basuki Hadimuljono,
Minister for Public Works and Housing, Indonesia
Dr. Renato U. Solidum, Jr. Undersecretary, Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Republic of Philippines
- Prof. HIROKI Kenzo, GRIPS
- Dr. MIYAMOTO Mamoru, ICHARM
- Prof. KOIKE Toshio, ICHARM
- Ms. Poe Oo, ADBI
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