APRU Multi-Hazards Program Core Group contributes to the first UNISDR Asia Science and Technology Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

23-24 August 2016, Bangkok, Thailand

The 1st Asian Science and Technology Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction was organised by the Hydro and Agro Informatics Institute (HAII) of the Royal Thai Government and UNISDR Asia-Pacific office, in collaboration and support of Asian Science Technology and Academia Advisory Group (ASTAAG), Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) and other scientific organisations and networks.

This conference brought together key DRR policy-makers and representatives of key scientific organisations from Asian countries to discuss on strengthening the science-policy interface towards science based DRR policy development. APRU was represented by three Multi-Hazards Core Group members:

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Prof. Kuniyoshi Takeuchi, Advisor to the International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management (ICHARM) spoke about “Integrated research bridging science and society through transdisciplinary approach”.

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Prof. Supot Teachavorasinskun, Dean of Faculty of Engineering, Chulalongkorn University shared his experience through his presentation “The impact of investment in disaster risk reduction based on the assessment on economic growth, safety and wellbeing of the general public”.

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Dr Takako Izumi who is the APRU Multi-Hazards Program Coordinator and from the International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS), Tohoku University summarised the presentations and discussions made under Session 2 and reported to the audience. She also played a key role to the preparation of this conference from the initial stage as an ASTAAG member by sharing her inputs on the program, speakers and draft outcome document.

The key recommendations and messages from this two-day dialogue will feed in to the discussions at the succeeding Asian Science Conference in Bangkok and subsequently at the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction 2016 in New Delhi.

15 September 2016