January 2006-Issue 16

Dear Readers,

We are happy to keep you abreast with the key activities and events at ADPC with this month's updates. 2005 had been a very eventful year and we anticipate coming months in 2006 to be very busy too with number of activities, meetings and workshops.

Suvit Yodmani, Executive Director, Asian Disaster Preparedness Center


Meeting with key officials from National Disaster Management Authority, India (NDMA), Ministry of Home Affairs, India and National Institute of Disaster Management, India (NIDM), New Delhi (December 5-10)

ADPC Executive Director Dr. Suvit Yodmani and Dr. Subbiah, Director of the Climate Risk Management Team, met Gen. NC Viz Vice-Chairman of NDMA and 5 other board members to brief them on the role of ADPC in the region and its efforts for developing partnership with agencies for implementing disaster reduction programmes. ADPC’s experiences and efforts in the region were well recognised by NDMA for all its efforts in mitigating impacts of disasters. They also discussed various disaster management systems and structures of countries of Asia and the Pacific, Australia, Europe, and North America. The discussion led to collaboration between ADPC and NDMA to draw up and implement specific action plans.

The Executive Director and his colleague also met with Mr. Dhar Chakorbarty, Executive Director of NIDM and discussed the possibility of MOU between ADPC and NIDM which would cover collaborative activities such as research, training and provide opportunities for exchanging experiences through networking and enhance the capacity of NIDM to translate its mandate into action.

Press Conference on the Establishment of the Tsunami and Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Southeast Asia, Phang Nga (December 26)

ADPC organised a press conference on the establishment of the Tsunami and Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Southeast Asia to mark the first anniversary of the devastating Tsunami of December 26, 2004. H.E. Mr. Suranand Vejjachiwa, Minister to the Office of the Prime Minister presided over the press conference. Two sea-level gauge stations have been installed on the west coast of Thailand, located at Koh Taphao Noi (completed in October 2005), and at Koh Miang (completed in November 2005). Three more tide gauges accompanied by 5 seismic stations will be installed in Myanmar, Philippines and Vietnam across the region in the next 3 months. These multi-purpose sea-level gauges are crucial for determining the existence of a tsunami and for monitoring its progress. They will also monitor sea-level activity, storm surges and generate climate change data. This End-to-End early warning system will develop an overall culture of safety and disaster preparedness that starts with the technical components of a tsunami early-warning system and ends with a heightened awareness of disaster planning and mitigation at all levels, particularly at the community level. Countries covered by the Tsunami and Multi-Hazard Early Warning System are Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam.

Participation in the Launching Ceremony of the Roadmap for Disaster Risk Management – Towards safer Sri Lanka, Colombo – (December 30)

On the invitation of the government of Sri Lanka, Dr. Suvit Yodmani, ADPC Executive Director participated at the launching ceremony of the Roadmap for Disaster Risk Management – Towards safer Sri Lanka. At the event Dr. Suvit made a special speech outlining the assistance provided by ADPC to Sri Lanka in the past and made an offer for technical assistance in implementation of initiatives for the future. ADPC would provide necessary technical assistance to Disaster Management Center (DMC) through UNDP in developing project proposals for obtaining the assistance of international agencies and donor community for implementation of the Road map for disaster risk management in Sri Lanka. This is one of the important initiatives on long term disaster risk management to reduce future disaster risk in the country, undertaken by the government of Sri Lanka, in the aftermath of the tsunami, in addition to the recovery initiatives in Tsunami affected areas. Hon. Prime Minister of Sri Lanka in his capacity as the Minister for Disaster Management presided over the ceremony. The ceremony was attended by several members of the cabinet, parliamentarians, UN agencies, International donor agencies, government stakeholder agencies and national and International NGOs.

Damage and Loss Assessment Methodology, and Compendium of Agriculture Risk Management Initiatives, Manila (January 12)

ADPC expert presented agricultural damage and loss assessment methodology developed for the project: Damage and Loss Assessment Methodology, and Compendium of Agriculture Risk Management Initiatives at the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS), Manila on January 12, 2006.

Climate Forecast Applications in Bangladesh-2 (CFAB-2) project, Dhaka (January 14-17)

ADPC expert will be on official mission to Bangladesh to meet with USAID for the finalization of funding arrangements of Climate Forecast Applications in Bangladesh-2 (CFAB-2) project. CFAB-2 is a follow-on program to CFAB-1, implemented from November 2000 to December 2003, which developed a three-tiered flood forecasting system for Bangladesh. The focus of CFAB-2 is the transfer of forecasting technology to Bangladeshi institutions for the application of the forecasts in reducing risks in the agriculture and water resources sector in disaster management.

Visit of the Norwegian Ambassador to Thailand to ADPC (January 24) 
ADPC has invited H.E. Mrs. Merete Fjeld Brattested, Norwegian Ambassador to Thailand to visit ADPC on 24 January 2006. Ambassador Mrs. Merete Fjeld Brattested has accepted to become a new member of the Board of Trustees of ADPC. This visit will provide an opportunity to brief Her Excellency on ADPC’s activities and active involvement in the region and to further enhance the on-going partnership and collaboration between the Royal Norwegian Government and ADPC.

Workshop on Incorporating the Incident Command System (ICS) into the Government of Sri Lanka Disaster Response System, Colombo (January 11-12) 

ADPC is participating in a workshop entitled “Incorporating the Incident Command System (ICS) into the Government of Sri Lanka Disaster Response System”. The main objectives of the workshop are to develop a collective vision for integrating the ICS into the Sri Lanka’s disaster management system and collaboratively develop a road map to realize the vision for integrating the ICS. This event will be a relevant input for the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning System (IOTWS) Programme supported by USAID.

33rd Regional Training Course on Disaster Management (DMC), Bangkok16 January – February 3)

The 33rd Regional Disaster Management Course organised by ADPC in Bangkok from 16 January – 3 February 2006 will be attended by 40 mid-to-senior level staff members from the  UN, international organisations, NGO’s, and national governments. Participants come from 17 African, Asian, European, North American and Pacific countries. The course provides comprehensive disaster management knowledge and skills to enhance the capabilities of executive managers who have key disaster management responsibilities. Through this course participants will be able to develop effective strategies and systems for disaster prevention and mitigation; apply risk management processes in order to identify, assess and deal with disaster risks; an emergency coordination center to manage disaster events and assess key implementation issues and requirements in disaster management.

Regional Workshop on CBDRM Standards, Bangkok(January 24-27)

In partnership with UNESCAP, ADPC is organising a regional workshop on CBDRM standards on January 24-27, 2006 in Bangkok with the funding support from DIPECHO. The purpose of formulating CBDRM standards is to contribute to improvements in the practice of community-based disaster risk management (CBDRM) in the countries of Southeast Asia by providing guidelines to decision makers and practitioners for designing, implementing and evaluating the community-based initiatives and projects. In line with this, ADPC has prepared a draft report titled "CBDRM Standards of Good Practice, Project Impact Indicators and Vulnerability Criteria". The workshop will discuss the draft CBDRM standards and provide suggestions and comments for improvement of the content and substance. It is expected that the CBDRM standards prepared through the national as well as regional workshops will help standardize CBDRM practices in the countries of Southeast Asia

Strategic Collaborative Planning Workshop, Jakarta (January 30-31)

The national consultation workshops, conducted in all the PDRSEA countries, developed a framework for institutionalizing community-based disaster risk management (CBDRM) in government policy-making and planning defining the vision, mission, goals and strategies of CBDRM and key players and their respective roles in the institutionalization of the same in all the participating countries. The Strategic Collaborative Planning Workshop will develop a five year strategic collaborative action plan for each country to institutionalize CBDRM, which will help make the rural communities safe and prosperous in the years to come. Such workshops have already held in other PDRSEA project countries. The workshop in Indonesia will be held on January 30-31, 2006.

National Workshop on CBDRM Standards, Dili, Timor Leste (February 9-10)

Three-day national workshops are being organized in five project countries of PDRSEA for developing criteria for CBDRM good practices and impact indicators for CBDRM projects. Criteria (and indicators) for assessment of vulnerability at family and community levels will also be developed in the workshop. The outputs of this activity should lead towards improvements in the practice of community based disaster risk management in the countries.

Disaster Management Course, Kabul (February 9-19)

A two-week Disaster Management Course to be held in Kabul Afghanistan from February 9-19 will provide comprehensive disaster management knowledge and skills to enhance the capabilities of 30 senior/middle level policy managers, decision-makers from government and non-government offices.This course is component of ADPC’s “Training & Capacity Building Project” in partnership with InWent Germany with funding support from UNDP Afghanistan.

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