Tokio Marine Group is a global insurance group that continuously works to solve various social issues through business activities and raise the group’s corporate value for all our stakeholders, including future generations. Since origins of the group lie in natural disaster-prone Japan, with expertise in natural disaster protection and mitigation, Tokio Marine group designated ‘Disaster resilience’ and ‘Climate action’ as priority issues to realize a sustainable society where everyone can live safely and securely.
Science and Technology in Disaster Risk Reduction in Asia 1st Edition: Potentials and Challenges
This book collects cases and studies presented at the APRU multi-hazards research symposium at Kyoto University in 2016. Science and Technology in Disaster Risk Reduction in Asia: Potentials and Challenges provides both a local and global perspective on how to implement the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. Topics demonstrate the advancement of scientific research as it applies to early warning systems, including identifying risk and the strengthening of infrastructure for different types of hazards. Through different major disasters, it has become evident that there must be a balance between hard and soft technology and physical, process and social solutions. This book demonstrates how this has been successfully implemented in Asia, and how these applications can apply on a global basis.
- Covers new research on the role of science in Disaster Risk Reduction and lessons learned when research has been applied
- Utilizes case studies to outline the broader lessons learned
- Focuses on the Sendai Framework, which was adopted in the Third UN World Conference in 2015
Professionals in disaster risk reduction across governmental agencies, intergovernmental agencies, and NGOs; researchers in the field of environment and climate change studies.
About the Editor
Rajib Shaw is Professor in the Graduate School of Media and Governance in Keio University, Japan. He has worked closely with the local communities, NGOs, governments and international organization, including United Nations, especially in Asian countries. His research interests are: community based disaster risk management, climate change adaptation, urban risk management, and disaster and environmental education. He is currently the member of UN ISDR Science Technology Advisory Group (STAG), and Co-chair of UN ISDR Science Technology Academia Stakeholder Group. Professor Shaw has extensive publications in different journals, books and edited volumes.
Affiliations and Expertise
Keio University, Fujisawa, Japan Expertise: disaster risk reduction
Koichi Shiwaku is a Researcher in the Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies of Kyoto University, Japan. He has been working with central and local governments, NGOs, school teachers and students, and local communities in Japan and overseas countries. His recent works are enhancing school disaster resilience and capacity development of officers of board of education in the area affected by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. His research interests are disaster education, community based disaster risk management, governance for disaster education, school safety, and capacity development of local government.
Affiliations and Expertise
OYO International Corporation, Tokyo, Japan
Takako Izumi is an Associate Professor in the International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS), Tohoku University in Japan. She also serves as Programme Coordinator of the Multi-Hazards Programme under the Association of Pacific Lim Universities (APRU) that consists of 45 universities and academic institutes in the Pacific Lim. Her research interests include international and regional framework of disaster risk reduction, disaster risk reduction at local level, and role of civil society in disaster management. Previously, she worked for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) for the disaster response coordination in Asia and for one of the international NGOs in Malaysia as General Manager to oversee the programs of disaster response and disaster risk reduction.
Affiliations and Expertise
International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS), Tohoku University, Japan
The 5th APRU Multi-Hazards Summer School was held at Tohoku University on July 18-21, 2017. Nearly 40 participants from 10 countries participated in the event to learn the lessons learnt and experience from the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, the recovery efforts in the affected areas and discuss the contribution of academia in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR).
This publication entitled “30 Innovations linking DRR with SDGs” is the second volume in the “30 Innovations” series, and includes an additional 30 innovations focusing on 10 sectors— Emergency response, Gender, Health, Agriculture, Water, Children, Education, Disabilities, Livelihood, and Early warning—to demonstrate the strong association between DRR and SDGs. These 10 sectors were selected following detailed discussions by a group of experts in DRR, taking into consideration the 17 SDGs.
Similar to the first volume, another survey was conducted on the most effective DRR innovations, which received 200 responses from academia, governments, the private sector, NGOs, and international and regional organizations. The innovation that was selected as the most effective from the 30 listed items in this publication was “Ecosystem-based DRR” under the “Livelihood” section. The outcome shows that we should consider how to maintain or channel these existing ideas, instead of focusing on developing expensive new technologies that require complicated procedures to apply.
A first volume “30 Innovations for Disaster Risk Reduction” was released at the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction held in Geneva in May 2019. Find out more information here.
The 6th APRU (Association of Pacific Rim Universities) Multi-Hazards Summer School was held at Tohoku University on 24-27 July 2018. In addition to the participants from the APRU member universities, the students from the Young Leaders Program (YLP) of the Northeast Asia Economic Forum (NEAEF) also attended this event on 24-25 July.
The event received total more than 60 participants to learn the lessons-learnt and experience from the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, the recovery efforts in the affected areas and discuss the contribution of academia in the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk
Elsevier has launched an important new report, A Global Outlook on Disaster Science, in partnership with global experts and leading international institutions, including APRU. (November 2017)
On November 20, Elsevier has launched an important new report, A Global Outlook on Disaster Science, in partnership with global experts and leading international institutions, including Tohoku University IRIDeS. The report displays an analysis of global disaster science scholarly output and specific topics being studied within research on different types of disasters. One of the most novel analyses presented in the report is the examination of disaster science in the context of the human toll and economic burden of natural disasters. The study also provides more insights on disaster science research conducted in 10 individual countries, in the Americas, Asia, and Europe, revealing which disaster types are researched and where.
Progress in Disaster Science is an open-access Journal that aims to report on the substantial progress in disaster research field for the purpose of better integrating disaster research and policy.
A 2-page summary of key points surrounding campus safety and disaster management plans.