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Exploring Key Lessons Learned and Opportunities for Improved Forecasting and Early Warning in Developing Countries
14th Disaster Risk Management Seminar "Exploring Key Lessons Learned and Opportunities for Improved Forecasting and Early Warning in Developing Countries"
September 16, 2016Tokyo


Disaster Risk Management Seminar Series: Organized by the World Bank Tokyo Office and World Bank Disaster Risk Management Hub, Tokyo

Although the weather and climate are naturally variable, the right mix of appropriate technology, enabling legal and institutional frameworks, and effective service delivery channels for timely forecasting and early warning can reduce the risks.

With the support of the Government of Japan, the World Bank Disaster Risk Management Hub, Tokyo has produced "Modernization of Japan’s Hydromet Services: A Report on Lessons Learned for Disaster Risk Management" – operational knowledge products to capture key practices and techniques used in Japan. This work has drawn on the experience and guidance of Japanese experts applying techniques domestically and abroad, including the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), the Foundation of River and Basin Integrated Communications (FRICS), and the Japan Meteorological Business Support Center (JMBSC).

On the occasion of the Hydromet Technical Deep Dive – a unique knowledge sharing course bringing together officials from developing country clients, World Bank project teams, and key Japanese experts – this seminar will highlight critical problems of underinvestment in national hydromet services for public safety and protecting assets, and bring attention to opportunities of solutions from Japan.

 

Program

Opening Remarks

Yasusuke Tsukagoshi
Special Representative, Japan, World Bank Group

Akihiro Tsuchiya
Director, Multilateral Development Banks Division, International Bureau, Ministry of Finance, Japan

Presentations

Makoto Suwa
Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, World Bank
"Exploring Key Lessons Learned and Opportunities for Improved Forecasting and Early Warning in Developing Countries" PDF

Mohammad Gul Hamidi
Director, Irrigation Restoration and Development Project (IRDP), Ministry of Energy and Water, Afghanistan
"Hydromet Services for Early Warning in Afghanistan and Lessons Learned from Japan" PDF

Trashi Namgyel
Engineer and Hydro-Met Officer, Department of Hydro Met Services, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Bhutan
"Hydromet Services for Early Warning in Bhutan and Lessons Learned from Japan" PDF

Semunesh Golla
Director for Hydrology and Water Quality Directorate, Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity, Ethiopia
"Hydromet Services for Early Warning in Ethiopia and Lessons Learned from Japan" PDF

Alex Martin Castellon Meyrat
Technical Advisor for Land Use Planning, Instituto Nicaragüense de Estudios Territoriales (INETER), Nicaragua
"Strengthening Climate Information and Early Warning Systems to Support Climate Resilient Development in Honduras and Nicaragua" PDF

Commentator

Toshio Koike
Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo / Director, International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management (ICHARM)
"Integration and Connection for Improved Forecasting and Early Warning in Developing Countries" PDF

Moderator

James Newman
Disaster Risk Management Specialist, Disaster Risk Management Hub, Tokyo, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, World Bank

 

❖ The session will be recorded for later viewing.

Speakers

Our Activities

 


ImageYasusuke Tsukagoshi
Special Representative, Japan, World Bank Group

Mr. Yasusuke Tsukagoshi became Special Representative, Japan on August 1, 2013. The Special Representative leads the institutional relationship with the Japanese Government, partners, and stakeholders; oversees the World Bank Tokyo Office; and has responsibility for coordinating and managing outreach and communications programs in Japan. Mr. Tsukagoshi, a Japanese national, has had a long career in Japan’s Ministry of Finance (MOF). Most recently, he served as Director General of Tokyo Customs following senior positions in the Ministry’s Customs and Tariff Bureau. Prior to the Customs’ positions, he had 17 years of experience in international finance and development. From 2008 to 2011 Mr. Tsukagoshi was Executive Director at the Inter-American Development Bank, representing Croatia, Japan, Korea, Portugal, Slovenia, and the United Kingdom, and from 1988 to 1991 he served as Executive Director at the African Development Bank, representing Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Japan, and Saudi Arabia.

 

ImageAkihiro Tsuchiya
Director, Multilateral Development Banks Division, International Bureau, Ministry of Finance, Japan

Mr. Akihiro Tsuchiya is the Director, Multilateral Development Banks Division, International Bureau, Ministry of Finance, Japan, who has over 25 years of extensive experience in the Ministry. Mr. Tsuchiya joined the Ministry in 1990, and became the Deputy Director, MDBs issues, International Bureau in 2005. In 2006, he was appointed as the Deputy Director, Co-ordination Division, International Bureau. From 2008 to 2009, he served as the Director, Public Relations Office, until the appointment as the Director, Office of the Vice Minister for International Affairs in 2009. He was selected as the Director for Budget Analysis, Budget Bureau in 2010. He worked as the Secretary to the Minister for Comprehensive Reform of Social Security and Tax since 2011, and then became the Director, Wage and Pension for Public Employees Division, Budget Bureau, followed by the position of the Budget Examiner (Pension and Labor), Budget Bureau. From 2014, he served as the Director, G20/G7 and IMF issues, International Bureau until being appointed to the current position in 2015. Mr. Tsuchiya Holds a Bachelor of Law (LLB) from the University of Tokyo, and Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Princeton University.

 

ImageMakoto Suwa
Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, World Bank

Dr. Makoto Suwa is the Hydromet and Disaster Risk Management Specialist leading and supporting a wide range of Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) and World Bank activities and projects, aiming to strengthen weather, climate and hydrological services globally. Prior to joining GFDRR, Dr. Suwa worked for the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), both at its headquarters in Geneva and Regional Office for Eastern and Southern Africa in Nairobi, where he mainly developed and managed weather and climate services projects, supported capacity development activities and liaised with stakeholders. He also taught at the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology, and Lycée de Kigali in Rwanda, and briefly worked for the Office for Climate Change of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in Tokyo. Dr. Suwa holds a Ph.D. and a M.A. in Geosciences (Climate Science) from Princeton University, a Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke University in addition to an undergraduate degree from the University of Tokyo.

 

Mohammad Gul Hamidi
Director, Irrigation Restoration and Development Project (IRDP), Ministry of Energy and Water, Afghanistan

 

Trashi Namgyel
Engineer and Hydro-Met Officer, Department of Hydro Met Services, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Bhutan

 

Semunesh Golla
Director for Hydrology and Water Quality Directorate, Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity, Ethiopia

 

Alex Martin Castellon Meyrat
Technical Advisor for Land Use Planning, Instituto Nicaragüense de Estudios Territoriales (INETER), Nicaragua

 

ImageToshio Koike
Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo / Director, International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management (ICHARM)

Dr. Toshio Koike serves as Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering, School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo, as well as Director, International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management (ICHARM). He also works as Lead Scientist, CEOP projects of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP); Co-Chair of the Architecture and Data Committee of the Group on Earth Observation (GEO), the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT); and Chair of/Advisor to river management related committees under the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT). As hydrological and climate expert, Dr. Koike leads a number of national and international initiatives such as Asian Water Cycle Initiative (AWCI) with Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), and Data Integration and Analysis System (DIAS). He has made breakthroughs on the water and climate disaster management through water cycle and climate science researches and their applications to water resources management, which can be classified into: establishment of satellite remote sensing, development of the data integration and information fusion system, and development of the hydrological down-scaling methods including satellite-based data assimilation. Some of the prominent awards he has recently won include: Group Achievement Award from National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and Awards for International Contribution and Academic Contribution Awards from Japan Society of Hydrology and Water Resources. Dr. Koike holds Bachelor, Master and Doctorate of Engineering from the University of Tokyo.

 

ImageJames Newman
Disaster Risk Management Specialist, Disaster Risk Management Hub, Tokyo, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, World Bank

Since joining the World Bank in 2013, Mr. James Newman has led Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR)’s overall work planning, and served as focal point for urban resilience and regional portfolios in South Asia and East Asia Pacific. He contributed to the development of the World Bank’s CityStrength Diagnostic and Medellin Collaboration on Urban Resilience. He has supported World Bank projects and technical assistance, including post-disaster assessments, in India, Nepal, South Africa, and Vietnam. Prior to GFDRR, he worked for the City of Baltimore, contributing to the city’s 10-Year Financial Plan, risk management, CitiStat performance management, and open data, and served as acting deputy procurement agent. He has also covered Latin American and Caribbean finance and insurance for a Chilean market intelligence firm. Studying economics and public policy, Mr. Newman has a Master’s from Georgetown and Universidad Alberto Hurtado in Santiago, Chile and undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis. As an adjunct professor, he has taught urban management, public policy, and statistics at University of Baltimore’s Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) program.

 

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Overview

Our Activities

 


Building on the Technical Deep Dive on Hydromet Services for Early Warning – a demand driven knowledge exchange bringing together officials from developing country clients, World Bank project teams, and key Japanese experts – the 14th Disaster Risk Management Seminar highlighted critical problems of underinvestment in national hydromet services for public safety and protecting assets.

The seminar drew lessons and discussed practices from "Modernization of Japan’s Hydromet Services: A Report on Lessons Learned for Disaster Risk Management" – operational knowledge product to capture key practices and techniques used in Japan, produced by the World Bank Disaster Risk Management Hub, Tokyo with support from the Government of Japan.

At the seminar, Mr. Makoto Suwa, Senior DRM Specialist, the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), World Bank, discussed the key lessons learned from Japan and the opportunities for improved forecasting and early warning in developing countries.

Mr. Mohammad Gul Hamidi, Director, Irrigation Restoration and Development Project (IRDP), Ministry of Energy and Water, Afghanistan, gave an overview of the challenges and status of natural disasters in their country and the learnings drawn from Hydromet TDD.

Mr. Trashi Namgyel, Engineer and Hydro-Met Officer, Department of Hydro Met Services, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Bhutan, presented the key challenges faced in managing hydromet disasters and strategic plans for modernizing national hydromet networks and infrastructures in Bhutan.

Ms. Semunesh Golla, Director for Hydrology and Water Quality Directorate, Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity, Ethiopia, highlighted that the country lacks systematic and technologically advanced integrated information generation, flow, and early warning system for which they need external support. Learning from Japan.

Mr. Alex Martin Castellon Meyrat, Technical Advisor for Land Use Planning, Instituto Nicaragüense de Estudios Territoriales (INETER), Nicaragua, focused on holistic approach for strengthening climate information and early warning systems to support climate resilient development in Honduras and Nicaragua.



Overview

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EVENT DETAILS
  • DATE/TIME: Friday, September 16, 2016, 4:00PM - 5:30PM (JST)
  • VENUE: The World Bank Tokyo Office, 10th Floor, Fukoku Seimei Building, 2-2-2 Uchisaiwaicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan
  • CONTACT: World Bank Disaster Risk Management Hub, Tokyo TEL: 03-3597-1320
  • drmhubtokyo@worldbank.org

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Modernization of Japan's Hydromet Services: A Report on Lessons Learned for Disaster Risk Management