Disaster Management - Past Activities

Training Module Development on Post-Disaster Redevelopment (2008-2009)

A new project entitled, "Training Module Development on Post-Disaster Redevelopment," was initiated with the financial support of the UNCRD Core Fund in 2008-2009. The objectives of the project include:
  1. collection of appropriate data on the reconstruction following the Great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake, the 2004 Niigata Chuetsu Earthquake, and other international experiences;
  2. analysis of collected data to provide training courses for developing countries;
  3. formulation of a standard training course programme for future implementation; and
  4. record and distribution of data and proposal of implementing training programmes throughout the world to seek new opportunities.

Joint Research Project on Recovery Assessment Methods (Technical Advice to ADRC: 2008-2009)

In the case of the 1995 Great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake, various recovery activities were carried out in the affected areas towards creating sustainable cities. Although many of the activities have been completed, in general, comprehensive research that assesses the outcome is scarce after a disaster, although research is undertaken on an individual basis covering the social, environmental, and economic aspects. The joint research project on recovery assessment methods (for Sustainable Cities) is being conducted as a collaborative project with research institutes in Kobe. Members of the research project include the Asian Disaster Reduction Centre (ADRC), the UNCRD Hyogo Office, the International Recovery Platform (IRP), and the Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institute (DRI). The objectives are to:
  1. identify objectives and update data on the recovery process of the Great Hanshin Awaji Earthquake;
  2. identify any existing recovery assessment methods, either comprehensively or thematically;
  3. suggest possible methods for recovery assessment;
  4. verify possible recovery assessment methods; and
  5. develop educational material on recovery assessment for developing sustainable cities, which can be distributed to developing countries.

Training Course on School Safety with JICA-Hyogo (2008-2010)

Based on accumulated experiences as well as in building administration, the training programme of JICA-Hyogo on "Safer School against Disasters" (subtitled Dissemination of Anti-seismic Buildings for Communities) in Asian countries , conducted in close cooperation with the UNCRD Hyogo Office, is designed to meet the needs of national and local governments in developing countries to build their capacity and develop practical knowledge of earthquake-resistant policies for earthquake-safer schools. This training programme aims to the build the capacity of government officials and engineers to develop action plans and implement school earthquake safety planning measures for their respective countries. This will contribute not only to ensuring the safety of schools, but also to building safer communities. The first training was held in November 2008 for one month and the project's duration is three years.

International Disaster Management Symposium (1999-2010)

In order to provide opportunities for the sharing of knowledge and experiences, UNCRD has held a series of international disaster management symposiums as indicated below in Kobe, Japan, related to projects in participating countries, including field-level experiences from past disasters, and policies of disaster management and development in participating countries.

2010: Urban and Climate Risk Management - To achieve Sustainable Development
2009: Disaster-resilient Regional Development Strategies in the World
2008: Towards Sustainable Communities
2007: Culture of Disaster Prevention in the context of Housing and Urbanization
2006: Creating Safe Schools, Homes, and Communities
2005: World Conference on Disaster Reduction
2004: Community Legacy in Disaster Management

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