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Spotlight on Disaster Risk Management

story from Tokyo Development Learning Center

Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) and the World Bank’s East Asia & Pacific (EAP) Regional Unit jointly organized two major events on Disaster Risk Management (DRM) connecting media, policy makers, practitioners, and other partners by video conferencing system. The events, which utilized the outreach facilities of the Global Development Learning Network (GDLN), marked the occasion of the visit to Japan by Pamela Cox, new Vice President for East Asia and Pacific region of the World Bank.

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First up was a media briefing for the launch of a new World Bank report titled “Cities and Flooding: A Guide to Integrated Urban Flood Risk Management for the 21st Century”. Abhas Jha, the lead author of the book, emphasized the need to design systems that recognize the complex and uncertain nature of flood risk management and its impacts.  With rapid development of large cities in developing countries, the book provides operational guidance on how to manage the risk of floods in the face of urbanization, growing populations and long-term climate change trends. (See Press Release from The World Bank)

Following the briefing, there was a public seminar titled “Mainstreaming Resilience in a Complex, Networked World”. The seminar attracted over 150 participants from Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, the Philippines and Japan from WB offices and GDLN centers, and was viewable via web streaming. Key addresses were given by Pamela Cox and Masahisa Fujita, President of the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry, on the importance of mainstreaming resilience in global production & logistics networks. The ensuing panel discussion was facilitated by speakers from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)ASEAN Secretariat (from Jakarta), SEEDS Asia (from Kobe) and The World Bank Institute (WBI).

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This seminar is the fourth session of the 2011 DRM distance learning series. The series has been implemented since 2009 and so far attracted over 1,200 practitioners in the region and beyond. At the seminar Abhas Jha spoke of his appreciation for TDLC/GDLN’s role “to enhance strong participation and a lively discussion from countries and to help highlight the vibrant EAP DRM network and the Bank’s strong partnership with the government of Japan”.

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A recording of the seminar as well as the presentation materials are available on our Program page.