March has been a very eventful month and we anticipate the coming
months to be very busy too with number of activities, meetings and
workshops as is reflected in this months updates. In March we have
had the great pleasure of welcoming senior heads of organizations
such as Director General of UNESCO and Ambassadors from countries
like as Australia, the Netherlands and Russia. We are also happy
to report that China and Sri Lanka have joined the list of founding
member countries of ADPC by formally signing the ADPC Charter on
April 5, 2005.
Wishing you all warm greetings of the Songkran season!
Suvit Yodmani, Executive Director, Asian Disaster Preparedness Center
Meeting of the ADPC Board of Trustees (Apr 5)
The fifth ADPC Board of Trustees meeting saw the full and active participation of all the board members. H.E.Prof. Dr. Krasae Chanawongse, Chair and Hon. Mdm.Corazon Alma G. De Leon, Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees presided over the proceedings of the meeting. Ambassadors of China and Sri Lanka signedthe new ADPC Charter as founding members of the new ADPC on April 5, 2005 in Bangkok.
ProVention Steering Committee Meeting (12-13 Apr), Washington D.C, USA
ADPC as a member of the steering committee will participate in the ProVention
Steering Committee meeting, which will focus on, the internal ProVention
affairs, activities, management and governance, and three key themes
of priority concern: integrating disaster risk management into development
policy & planning, tools for assessing and identifying risk and reducing
risk in post-disaster recovery and reconstruction.
Course Planning Meeting on “Teamwork for Integrated Emergency Management” (30
Mar-2 Apr), Bangkok, Thailand
ADPC is partnering with the Getty Conservation Institute, USA, in conducting
a course on Integrated Emergency Management, under the Institute’s Museum Emergency Program (MEP) initiated by the International Council of Museum. The aim of MEP’s
education strategy is the protection of cultural heritage through enhanced
capacity of museum and other heritage professionals in risk assessment,
emergency preparedness and response (together referred to as integrated
emergency management). The first course is scheduled for August.
Workshop on End-to-end Multi-Hazard Warning System-Southeast Asia Assessment of Needs (28-29 Mar), Thailand
On 28-29 March 2005, ADPC, on behalf of the Royal Thai Government, organized
a “Regional Meeting on End-to-end Multi-hazard Early Warning System in Southeast Asia: Assessment of Needs”,
in collaboration with United Nations Economic and Social Commission for
Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) in Bangkok. The outcome of this meeting
confirmed the agreement and support of all the participating countries
for an organizational and functional partnership among the countries
of Cambodia, Myanmar, Lao PDR, Thailand and Vietnam, with the support
and assistance of China and the Philippines, in the establishment of
a regional multi-hazard early warning center to be implemented and operated
by ADPC, as the partner to the Royal Thai Government.
Third Annual Mekong Flood Forum (7-8 Apr), Vientiane, Lao PDR
ADPC was invited to attend the third annual Mekong River Commission’s Flood Forum in Vientiane. The theme for this year’s forum is “Flood Management and Mitigation in the Mekong Basin”.
ADPC will be reporting our work on the ECHO funded flood preparedness
project and activities in the Mekong countries in the forum. The annual
forum is intended to provide a platform for relevant stakeholders to
share their experiences and information to address flood management issues.
Second International Coordination Meeting for the Development of a
Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System for the Indian Ocean (14-16 Apr),
Grand Baie, Mauritius
Based on the “Communiqué” approved by the participants of the first international
coordinating meeting held in Paris in March, a second meeting was called
for to be held at Grand Baie, Republic of Mauritius. The meeting has
a number of objectives but mainly will seek to inform the countries on
the status of the interim advisory information system and how it satisfies
the needs of the participating countries. Representatives from ADPC will
attend the meeting and report on the country level consultation and progress
Practitioners’ Workshop on Disaster Risk Management Primer for Asia
ADPC under its UDRM Team held a workshop to review and finalize the 2 volumes of the Disaster Risk Management Primer for Asia. The two volumes reviewed were; general volume on DRM and Floods. Around 25 practitioners from several countries provided their inputs to finalizing the primer, which will soon be published.
Series of Trainings on Disaster Management (3 Apr- 5 May) Kabul,
Part of a one-year project - Training and Capacity Building Project
being implemented in Afghanistan in collaboration with InWent Germany
and United Nations Assistance Mission for Afghanistan, ADPC is conducting
a ten days course on disaster management for senior managers at the
Afghan Department of Disaster Preparedness in Kabul. The series of
training will include: Emergency Response Management, Community Based
Disaster Risk Management, Earthquake Vulnerability Reduction Course
and Flood & Drought
Urban Disaster Risk Management Training, (9-11 Apr), Chiang Mai, Thailand
ADPC is conducting three day training on Urban Disaster Risk Management for the faculty and students of the Department of Geography and Geology of the University of Chiang Mai.
Seminar and Training on Damage Assessment Methodology in Gujarat (21-29 Apr), India
ADPC in collaboration with Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority
(GSDMA) and Gujarat Institute of Disaster Management (GIDM) will conduct
a one day seminar on “Implementation of Proposed Damage and Loss Assessment Methodology”,
which will be followed by a set of training courses on damage and loss
assessment methodology, estimating losses following disasters, damage
and loss assessment for buildings, agriculture and allied sectors for
decision makers and implementers.
Workshop on DRM and CBDRM in Jiangxi Province, China (24-Apr), China
A workshop for senior officials of Jiangxi county on disaster risk management and CBDRM will be conducted on 24 April in Nanchang, the provincial capital. This will be followed by a series of consultations and presentations with a number of organizations including the Shanghai Civil Defense Office until the end of the month.
UPCOMING EVENTS IN MAY
Workshop on Capacity
Building Initiatives in Selected Countries of Asia and the Pacific,
1st Week Thailand
Public Health in Complex Emergencies Training, 9-21, Thailand
First Regional Course on Exercise Management, 16-20, Thailand
Fifth Regional Consultative Committee Meeting, 18-20 Vietnam
First Regional Course on Disaster Mental Health, 23-27, Thailand
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