The Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC) organized Side Events at 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (UN WCDRR) in Sendai, Japan. The 3rd UN WCDRR was held from March 14 to 18, 2015 in Sendai, Japan according to the decision made by the United Nations General Assembly Resolution (A/RES/67/209). Thousands participated from all over the world, including in related events linked to the World Conference under the umbrella of building the resilience of nations and communities to disasters. The ADPC session “Bridging the gap of science applications for disaster risk management” at the WCDRR was held on March 17 at the Sendai Civic Auditorium. The keynote speaker for this event was Dr. Virginia Murray, Vice Chair of UNISDR Science and Technical Advisory Group (STAG).
The panelists for the discussion included esteemed speakers from various organizations around the Asia-Pacific region whose work in disaster risk management have successfully applied scientific information and approaches in disaster risk management initiatives.
- Mr. Mohammad Abdul Qayyum, National Project Director, Comprehensive Disaster Management Programme (CDPM), Government of Bangladesh
- Dr. Agus Wibowo, Head of Data Division, Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB; English: National Agency for Disaster Management), Government of Indonesia
- Dr. Alfredo Mahar A. Lagmay, Executive Director, Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (Project NOAH), the Philippines
- Prof. Jeong Sangman, Chair, Korea Society of Hazard Mitigation, Republic of Korea
- Dr. David Ganz, Chief of Party, SERVIR Mekong, ADPC
The Philippines was represented in this forum by Dr. Lagmay, who talked about DRM and how Project NOAH’s tools and services provide solution to the disaster problem in the country.
According to ADPC, this assembly at the WCDRR is where “practical experiences and success stories will be discussed regarding the use of satellite technology for emergency management, the application of online tools for rapid damage assessment, and the utilization of disaster risk information for risk-sensitive urban planning. The discussion will finish by highlighting the relevancy of science to the post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction.”
ADPC is an independent non-governmental organization that works in Asia-Pacific countries, such as Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Saudi-Arabia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the Philippines, and Vietnam. ADPC extends disaster risk management (DRM) information and systems to the region, aiming to reduce the local, national, and regional risk. ADPC works in close coordination with local and national governments, LGA’s and NGO’s, donors, and development partners. Since its establishment in 1986, ADPC focuses on DRM capacity building, improving DRM for cities and climate change, mainstreaming DRM into national and local development, improving DRM systems and undertaking disaster risk assessments.