We are happy to announce that India has become
the ninth country to join ADPC as a founding member. H.E. Mr. Vivek Katju,
Ambassador of India to Thailand signed the New ADPC Charter in a ceremony
held on 7 July at ADPC. This month we also have the great pleasure of
welcoming the new President of AIT, Professor Said Irandoust to ADPC.
On a sad note we at ADPC mourn the untimely demise of Col Elma Aldea on 30 June.
Col. Aldea was the Administrator, Office of the Civil Defense (OCD), the Philippines
and was truly committed to the important field of disaster management not only
in the Philippines but also regionally. She was a true and highly valued friend
and partner to ADPC and supported many of our projects and programs. We shall
all sorely miss her, both professionally and personally.
Suvit Yodmani, Executive Director, Asian Disaster Preparedness Center
Disaster Mitigation Public Awareness Programs (July 7-September), Thailand
A second series of public awareness programs on hazards, disaster prevention,
preparedness and mitigation went on air on 7 July. The series focus on floods
and landslides and will be aired twice a week on Thailand’s popular TV
Channel 3 until the end of September. After evaluation of this program ADPC
will encourage other countries, especially those affected by the December 26,
2004 Tsunami, to organize such a program.
Early Warning Systems Assessment in Sri Lanka (July
ADPC’s Climate Risk Management team is in Sri Lanka on the last leg of
assessment of the national multi-hazard early warning system. The assessment
is being done in order to identify existing gaps in the end-to-end multi-hazard
early warning system, recommend action plans for its improvement and to develop
a program for capacity building. The project is being carried out with UNDPC
support and in collaboration with the Government of Sri Lanka.
Institutional Landscape Analysis in Indonesia (July
An Institutional landscape analysis is currently underway, under the ADPC’s
Climate Risk Management Team’s initiative to look at the various institutions
and policies currently in place that are relevant to climate risk management.
The study will specifically look at identifying agencies and organizations
connected with climate problems, individual institution roles, key decisions
made, coping strategies for responding to climate variability and challenges
for the use of climate information.
ACDM Regional Workshop on Bilateral and Multilateral Arrangements for Disaster
Management and Emergency Response (June 28-29), Myanmar
ADPC participated in the regional workshop of the ASEAN Committee on Disaster
Management held in Yangon on 28-29 June. Around 40 representatives from the
ASEAN member countries, regional organizations, UN Agencies and ASEAN Secretariat
took part in the workshop. Key bilateral and multilateral arrangements were
discussed and initiated.
India joins ADPC as a founding member (July 7)
India is the ninth country to join ADPC as the founding member of the Center.
In an official signing ceremony held at ADPC last week, H.E. Mr. Vivek Katju,
Ambassador of India to Thailand signed the New ADPC Charter. Earlier this year
the Thai Royal Government granted ADPC the Inter-governmental status when 8
countries in the region endorsed their support by signing the New ADPC Charter.
New AIT President Visits ADPC (July 20)
Professor Said Irandoust officially took up the Presidency of the Asian Institute
of Technology this month. The meeting is scheduled to welcome the President
to AIT and ADPC, and to brief him on ADPC activities and the various collaborations
between the two organizations since ADPC’s inception in 1986.
Thirtieth Annual Hazards Research and Applications Workshop (July 10-13),
ADPC was invited to speak at the plenary session on Asian Tsunami: Impacts
and Sustainable Recovery, at the Annual Hazards Research and Applications Workshop
organized by the Natural Hazards Research and Applications Information Center,
University of Colorado. The Deputy Executive Director represented ADPC at this
Disaster Risk Management Course for AIT Students (June 6-July 11) Thailand
The institute-wide course on Disaster Risk Management for the AIT students,
which started last month, is concluding on 11 July 2005. Around 100 students
took the course, which had two credits and ran for a total duration of the
course is 30 hours. ADPC hopes to conduct similar courses for AIT students
in the future too.
Thirteenth Community-based Disaster Risk Management Course (July 4-15),
The 13th CBDRM training course commenced early this month. The course is being
attended by 36 participants representing a variety of NGOs, Local and Government
Agencies from over 17 countries. CBDRM is a flagship course of ADPC, run annually
with the aim of providing an opportunity for learners to acquire tools and
obtain knowledge on how to design and implement programs for reducing disaster
risks and vulnerability and building community capacity and resilience.
Fifth Inter-Regional Training Course on Public Health & Emergency Management
in Asia and the Pacific (July 4-15), Thailand
The fifth Inter-regional Training Course on Public Health in Emergency
Management in Asia and the Pacific (PHEMAP-5) jointly organized by the ADPC,
WHO-SEARO/WPRO and with special participation from WHO-Eastern Mediterranean
Region (WHO-EMRO) started on July 4. The course aims at helping countries of
the region to develop more effective policy, procedures, plans, guidelines
and standards of best practice for health sector emergency management. Around
28 participants coming from over 15 countries from Central, South, Southeast
Asia, the Pacific and North African regions are presently attending the course.
Regional Training Workshop on Disaster Risk Management Database Management
(July 7-8), Thailand
A two-day regional training workshop was organized by ADPC’s PDRSEA-3
project to train project partners in the different countries on the input and
management of the web-based database. These databases will contain country-specific
information on disaster risk management with a particular focus on community
based risk management. It will also contain information on best practices/tools,
experts/specialists, CBDRM project inventories, mitigation activities, trainings,
disaster management institutions, early warning systems, CBDRM experiences
and hazard profiles. This will serve as a tool for decision makers in governments,
NGOs, and donor sectors to facilitate and help them develop appropriate interventions.
The program is funded by the European Union.
Climate Forecast Application Consultation Workshop (July 18-21), Thailand
The workshop brings together implementing partners of the climate forecast
applications program from Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam, in collaboration
with the International Research Institute for Climate Prediction (IRI), to
share progress of program implementation and develop next year's action plan.
The program is funded by USAID/OFDA and US NOAA.
EVENTS IN AUGUST
First Course on Teamwork
for Integrated Emergency Management, Bangkok, Thailand
Hospital Emergency Preparedness
and Response (22-26 August)
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