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ERIA Raises Disaster Risk Management Awareness at Wakayama Symposium

26 March 2015

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The Asia and Pacific region is the most disaster-prone area of the world. Building resilience to disasters is a great challenge facing policymakers in the region.

Disaster risk management requires the strengthening of social infrastructure, which requires the development of a space infrastructure system that integrates a variety of geospatial information with the use of space technology such as communications, remote sensing, and navigation and positioning systems.

With this background, ERIA has been conducting the project 'Applying Space-based Technology for Building Resilience in ASEAN Region' in fiscal year 2014.

In support of this effort, the second symposium 'Wakayama: the Prospective Center of Space Education and Disaster Prevention Study,' organized by Wakayama University with the support of ERIA, was held in Wakayama Prefecture, Japan, on 22 March. More than 200 participants attended the event.

Prof. Hidetoshi Nishimura, Executive Director of ERIA, highlighted ERIA's activities and outcomes of research projects on disaster risk management and prevention. He introduced the third pillar of ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Post-2015 Vision, issued last November, 'resilient, inclusive, people-oriented, and people-centered ASEAN,' saying that 'resilience is now a common awareness in the ASEAN region.'

The symposium aimed to advance awareness of disaster prevention and to promote discussion on the overseas dissemination of using space infrastructure for disaster risk monitoring.

H.E. Mr. Toshihiro Nikai, Member of the House of Representatives, Japan (Chairman of Parliamentary League for ERIA), opened the symposium and ERIA project members presented their studies on building national resilience in ASEAN and East Asia.

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