Multi-Hazards

Earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, hurricanes/typhoons/cyclones and floods are common threats for many societies on the Pacific Rim’s ‘Ring of Fire’.  To address these shared threats, the APRU Multi-Hazards Program aims to build safer and more disaster resilient societies through education, research and partnerships. To do this, the Program is working to harness the collective capabilities of APRU universities for cutting-edge research on disaster risk reduction and recovery, the sharing of strategies to cope with campus disaster risk management, and to contribute to international policy making processes on disaster risk reduction. In particular, the Program focuses on better strategies to deal with low-frequency high impact disasters. The APRU Multi-Hazards Program builds upon the strengths APRU Multi-hazards symposia over the past decade in countries spanning the Pacific ‘Ring of Fire’. An APRU program hub has been established at the International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS) with an International Core Group chaired by Professor Yuichi Ono and coordinated by Associate Professor Takako Izumi of Tohoku University leading the program. A key milestone for the Program is to develop a strong presence and contribution to the UN World Conference on Disaster Reduction in March 2015 to be hosted in Sendai, Japan. To facilitate this, Tohoku University is hosting an annual summer school for disaster risk reduction for APRU university faculty, staff and students to complement the annual Multi-Hazards Symposium to be hosted by University of the Philippines in 2015.

11th APRU Multi-Hazards Symposium, University of the Philippines

More than 100 international and local participants from various disciplinary fields convene at the 11th APRU Research Symposium on Multi-Hazards around the Pacific Rim held at the University of the Philippines main campus in Diliman, Quezon City from 7 to 9 October 2015.

 Group Photo

Symposium partcipants gather for a group photo. Photo by: University of the Philippines

Launch of Resilience: Survive and Thrive TM University-wide Tournament


The symposium commenced with the launch of Resilience: Survive and Thrive TM  University-wide Tournament on 7 October. Resilience: Survive and Thrive TM is a tabletop card game that aims to teach its players the lessons of balanced development and resiliency under the climate change lens. This ingenious initiative is the brainchild of the BaR-C2 Project of the University of Philippines (UP) in collaboration with Balangay Entertainment with the goal of introducing the concept of climate change and extreme weather events among the youth. It is also envisioned that schools will adopt the use of this game as part of their curriculum.

Card Game

Resilience Survive and Thrive TM Game

Players

UP Students and MH Symposium participants engage in the game.

Lean more about Resilience: Survive and Thrive TM Game here. Watch the media coverage here.

Sustainability meets Safety – Multi-Hazards Program at the ISCN 2015

APRU presented its Campus Safety Initiative at the International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN) 2015 Conference in Hong Kong, 17-19 June 2015. This year’s conference was hosted by The University of Hong Kong (HKU), a longtime APRU member university, and it was themed “Expanding the Dialogue: Sustainability in a Connected World”.

Call for Nominations - Multi-Hazards Summer School 2015

Call for Nominations

Multi-Hazards Summer School 2015
Towards the Implementation of the New International Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction
Tohoku University, Sendai/Japan, 21-24 July 2015
 
To mark the second anniversary of the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, APRU and Tohoku University launched the APRU-IRIDeS Multi-Hazards Program in April 2013. The Program builds upon the strengths of ten APRU Multi-Hazards Symposiums over the past decade in countries spanning the Pacific Ring of Fire. The International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS) of Tohoku University coordinates the program and harnesses as the APRU Multi-Hazards Program Hub the collective capabilities of APRU universities for cutting-edge research on disaster risk reduction (DRR) and recovery, shares strategies to cope with campus disaster risk management, and contributes to international policy making processes on DRR.
The third Multi-Hazards Summer School (21-24 July 2015) is hosted and organized by IRIDeS, Tohoku University.
The major objectives of the 2015 Multi-hazards Summer School are to:

  • Understand the mechanism of the international DRR strategy through the Sendai Framework for DRR which is a new international framework adopted at the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (UNWCDRR);
  • Learn from the experiences and recovery process of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

APRU at the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction

The APRU Multi-Hazards Program (MHP) was actively involved in the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) in Sendai in March 2015. Centered on the theme “Science and Practical Disaster Risk Reduction – The Role of Universities and Academia”, the APRU MHP organized three panel discussions at the public forum of the conference.

Prof Fumihiko Imamura (Tohoku University), Dr Christopher Tremewan (Association of Pacific Rim Universities) and Dr Shuaib Lwasa (Integrated Research on Disaster Risk) welcomed the audience. All speakers highlighted the importance of the cooperation between higher education institutions, private sector, public administration and the civil society for successful disaster risk reduction in theory and practice.

University of Chile presented the South American Perspective on Disaster Science and Management

The University of Chile hosted the 10th APRU Research Symposium on Multi-Hazards in November 2014. In its ten years of existence, the APRU Research Symposium on Multi-Hazards was focusing for the first time on South America. In his keynote speech Prof. Oscar A. Ishizawa, Disaster Risk Management Specialist at World Bank emphasized that collaboration and knowledge action networks like the ones in APRU are important to prepare for disasters and adapt to the risk of natural hazards.

APRU-IRIDeS Multi-Hazards Summer School 2014 Report is out now

The Report of the APRU-IRIDeS Multi-Hazards Summer School 2014 is now available on our website.  Have a look on what the very active and imaginative class of 2014 has discussed.  Please download it from the link below. 

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