Participation in the 1st Asian Science and Technology Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction

The 1st Asian Science and Technology Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction was successful held in Bangkok, Thailand on 23-24th August 2016. It was organized by United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction – Regional Office for Asia and Pacific (UNISDR AP) with Hydro and Agro Informatics Institute (HAII), a public organization under Thailand’s Ministry of Science and Technology. Prof. SHI Peijun, Prof. YE Qian and Prof. YANG Saini attended this conference.

This conference discussed key issues, challenges, needs and opportunities in application of science in policy making and share good practices from the region; the way forward for promotion of science-policy interface in Asian countries; and agreed on a set of key messages towards ‘Application of Science and Technology in Disaster Risk Reduction’ (which is a main theme in the AMCDRR 2016). The conference brought together more than 100 senior policy-makers, practitioners, researchers and scholars, et al in the fields related to disaster risk reduction in Asia.

Prof. SHI Peijun was invited to speak at the opening ceremony of the conference. His speech was called “Understanding risks in Asia: Assessment and Adaptation Measures”.

There were four sessions in the conference. On session 1 “Opportunities and challenges in science-policy nexus”, Prof. YE qian gave a speech on “  Understanding of risk: communicating disaster risks with policy makers”.

Prof. SHI Peijun chaired session 3 “The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and Focus on Science and Technology focus in Asia”, Prof. YANG saini was the rapporteur of this session . On this session, we also invited Andrew McElroy from UNISDR, Shirish Ravan from UN-SPIDER Beijing Office, Daniel Clarke from UNESCAP Statistics Division, Kuniyoshi Takeuchi from ICHARM, to share their understanding of disaster risks in Asia. Prof. YANG Saini gave a talk on “Earth-observation and geo spatial data in innovative risk profiling and decision making”, which introduced the key role of earth observing technology in disaster early warning, risk assessment and restoration.

This conference intended to contribute to the deliberations in the upcoming Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) to be held on 02-05 November 2016 in New Delhi.