Newsletter September 2012 issue
April 26, 2012 / IFNet secretariat
MAJOR FLOODS in January and March 2012
combined damage of the tropical cyclones Giovanna (January 14th 2012),
Irina (March 5th 2012) and heavy rains in the south-east Madagascar
left 112 people dead and 133 injured.
majority of roads have already been re-opened to traffic. However, long
term rehabilitation work is required in many national roads from now on.
- 80 % of the agricultural production has been damaged, and around
30,000 people in the eastern coast are likely to be placed under
insecure condition for food supply until the next harvest season in May.
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Information on IDI-related activities
Flood disaster research of the world
Reporting of major floods
- IDI has been
collecting the information on the major floods in the world. In FY2011,
23 flood disasters were reported.
- Our criteria for
reporting death toll are more than 50 in developing countries, and more
than 10 in developed countries.
- World flood map of
FY2011 will soon be updated on IFNet website.
Field investigation of major flood sites
- In FY2011, IDI had
sent investigation team to three major flood sites in the world as
#The Mississippi River,
# Chao Phraya River, Thailand
# Central Vietnam
- The main purpose of
investigation is to figure out the damage of flood and institutional
actions against the disasters.
- The investigation team
had held meetings with representatives of river and disaster management
organizations of the subject country.
- The results of
investigation will give useful data and good lessons for establishing
river and disaster management policy in Japan.
- The result of
investigation were reported to MLIT (Ministry of Land, Infrastructure,
Transport and Tourism), and will be used at various opportunities such
as seminars and technical workshops, etc.
- Concerning a flood
disaster management in Thailand and Vietnam, future cooperation would
be explored under the international cooperation scheme.
Support of organizing the Japan Pavilion at the 6th World Water Forum
- The World Water Forum
(WWF) is being held every 3 years since 1997, which is the worldfs
largest meeting in the field of water. Various activities are held such
as discussions of water related issues, water-resources management,
sewage, water and environmental problems, etc.
- Based on the contract
with MLIT (Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism),
IDI had undertaken to support organizing the Japan Pavilion at the 6th
WWF from March 12 to 17 in Marseille, France.
- 14 exhibitors from
Japan (including ministries, university, public corporations, private
companies and else) had held the booths inside the Japan Pavilion.
- 11 groups had held the
side-events where technical presentations and discussions were made
among the participants.
- More than 1,000 people
visited Japan Pavilion during the WWF6.
- The Japan Pavilion
website (You can download PDF files of posters and presentation
Support of Training
- Last year, IDI
supported the training courses as shown below:
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) training course
- In November 2011, IDI
supported JICAfs training course gCapacity Development of Policy Making
in Climate Change Adaptation in Water Sectorh.
- 6 high-level
government officials from Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines, Bangladesh
and Vietnam had participated.
- To learn policy and
useful measures for climate change adaptations in Japan, IDI arranged
the lectures from Prof. Koike (The Tokyo University), director of Water
and Disaster Management Bureau (MLIT), and JICA.
- In addition, the
participants had made field trips to Edogawa River Office which manage
Diversion channel in Tokyo metropolitan area, flood disaster-affected
site in Hyogo prefecture, and Rokko Sabo Office.
Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) in Japan
- In December 2011, IDI
supported TECROfs training course gTechnology for Risk Reduction
against Multiple Disaster caused by Climate Changeh. This course had 5
participants from Taiwan.
- To learn technology
for risk reduction in Japan, IDI arranged presentation from deputy
director of Water and Disaster Management Bureau (MLIT), researcher of
ICHARM (International Center for Water Hazard and Risk Management under
the auspices of UNESCO).
- In addition, the
participants had made field trips to Takizawa Dam, Water-related
Museums, The Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel, etc.
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