The impacts and damages caused by natural hazards are still enormous. While various disaster risk reduction (DRR) measures have been taken for many years, the application of science, technology and innovations are required more than ever to develop and implement further effective and evidence-based approach.
The APRU (Association of Pacific Rim Universities) Multi-Hazards Program organized a strategic meeting on the disaster risk reduction policy influence at Tohoku University in February 2018 with the APRU member universities and partner organizations. Continue reading →
MW2C@UKM | Training Workshop on Disaster Resilient Cities – Calls for Application [Dateline: 1 May 2018]
The Malaysia Window to Cambridge at Univerisiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (MW2C@UKM) is convening a Training Workshop on Disaster Resilient Cities: Advances in Meteorological Forecasting and Hazards Assessment on 28-29 June 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The training will draw on findings of the pilot on Disaster Resilient Cities: Forecasting Local Level Climate Extremes and Physical Hazards for Kuala Lumpur, supported by the Newton-Ungku Omar Fund, led by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s Southeast Asia Disaster Prevention Research Initiative (SEADPRI-UKM) and University of Cambridge in collaboration with other partners. The two-day training will cover presentations on forecasting extreme weather events and hazards assessment in the tropics as well as development of case studies from the region. Key speakers include Prof. Lord Julian Hunt from University of Cambridge, with world-class expertise in urban air quality modelling and Professor Johnny Chan from City University of Hong Kong, a prominent scientist on typhoons and monsoons. Continue reading →
The New Urban Agenda was adopted in October 2016 at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development – Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador. It is a result of a unique consensus among all participating states. The document sets out a common vision and global standards for urban development in the coming decades.
Due to its disaster-prone location, it is imperative that ASEAN is equipped with the necessary tools to inform its disaster risk management policies. Projects that inform ASEAN disaster risk management policy-making processes can decrease the effects of extreme climate events.
The ASDMP project seeks to promote “scientific and technical research programmes that study the causes and consequences of disasters and facilitate activities that promote and support the development of the means, methods, techniques, and equipment for disaster management, particularly in risk reduction”. Continue reading →
The YES Network is an international association of early-career geoscientists who are primarily under the age of 35 years and are from universities, geoscience organizations and companies from across the world. The YES Network was formed as a result of the International Year of Planet Earth in 2007. In 2009, in collaboration with the IYPE and under the patronage of UNESCO, the YES Network organized its first international Congress at the China University of Geosciences in Beijing, China. Continue reading →
The Malaysia Window to Cambridge (MW2C@UKM) is the culmination of a collaboration that was initiated in 2012 that led to the signing of the Cooperation Agreement between Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and the Cambridge Malaysian Education and Development Trust (CMEDT), in Association with the Malaysian Commonwealth Studies Centre (MCSC) on 19 November 2013 to establish the Asian Network for Climate Science and Technology (ANCST). Continue reading →