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


Date & Time:  9:00-10:30, 28 November 2017 (World Bosai Forum: 26-28 November)
Venue:  Shirakashi 1 (Room 6), Conference Bldg. 3rd Floor, Sendai International Conference Center

ICHARM has been promoting the establishment of a platform on water and disasters in each country, as the secretariat of the International Flood initiative (IFI), which is a joint initiative in collaboration with international organizations. In this context, the ICHARM technical session invited speakers of different expertise to discuss water and disasters from diverse perspectives such as ICT, economy, community, and dynamics. The session also invited four government officials from overseas to present their effort in water-related disaster risk reduction.

[ Speakers ]
    - Prof. Masaru Kitsuregawa, professor, Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo
    - Prof. Naoyuki Yoshino, dean, Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI) (pdfPDF)
    - Prof. Shinji Egashira, research and training advisor, ICHARM (pdfPDF)
    - Dr. Miho Ohara, senior researcher, ICHARM (pdfPDF)
[ Panelists ]
    - Dr. Renato U. Solidum Jr., undersecretary for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change,
        Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the Philippines (pdfPDF)
    - Dr. Asiri Karunawardena, director general, National Building Research Organization (NBRO),
        Sri Lanka (pdfPDF)
    - Dr. Manzoor Ahmad Malik, director, Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR),
        Pakistan (pdfPDF)
    - Dr. Marengo Jose Antonio, coordinator general, Centro Nacional de Monitoramento e Alerta a
        Desastres Naturais (CEMADEN) (pdfPDF)
[ Moderator ]
    - Prof. Toshio Koike, director, ICHARM

Prof. Kitsuregawa presented the latest trend in ICT, explaining its role and capabilities in disaster risk reduction. Prof. Yoshino talked about the impact of flood disasters on agriculture, industry and service businesses with examples and an analysis method. Prof. Egashira spoke about landslides and debris flows including actual cases of damage from such events, governing equations to explain their behaviors, and examples of numerical analysis. Dr. Ohara delivered a presentation on the evacuation behavior observed at a community in time of a disaster and the provision of information to improve the current evacuation practice.
In the panel discussion, Dr. Renato explained the importance of understanding, monitoring, warning, and response in terms of water-related disaster risk reduction and introduced efforts currently underway to implement them in communities. Dr. Asiri outlined Sri Lanka’s efforts in landslide risk reduction, and Dr. Manzoor shared with the participants the basic characteristics of the flood early warning system installed to monitor the Indus River. Dr. Marengo introduced natural disasters in Brazil such as floods and droughts and joint efforts involving government agencies and universities to reduce their risks.
Held on the last day of the Bosai Forum, the session received a good turnout of over 70 experts and other participants from all around the world. Even after the session, the speakers and the panelists talked about the importance of collaboration in flood risk reduction and agreed that they should continue making every possible effort to reduce flood risk in close cooperation with one another.
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