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21st Disaster Risk Management Seminar "Public-Private-Academic Engagement in Hydromet Services"

April 5, 2019

Tokyo, Japan


Organized by the World Bank Tokyo Disaster Risk Management Hub

  • Weather, climate and hydrological services and products are provided by the Weather Enterprise, which is comprised of publicly-supported National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs), the private sector, and academia. Co-evolution of the public sector, private sector and academia has been critical in the growth of the Weather Enterprise and it is more so today as demands for elaborated services become greater, which can only be met through collaborative efforts by the three sectors. In recent years, the involvement and capability of the private sector has been expanding rapidly in all aspects of hydromet services.

    This has the potential to improve services by embracing technological innovation and advancement in science, improve the chances for sustainability and maximize the benefits to society. Realizing this potential requires effective collaboration between the three sectors to make full use of innovation and the underpinning public-sector investment in observing and forecasting systems.

    In the context of national level hydromet modernization programs, developing countries authorities often ask for different options for enhancing public-private engagement (PPE) in the hydromet domain, while we have to recognize that the weather enterprise has global, regional, national and local aspects and discussions on different levels which are highly interconnected.

    Against this background, and to commemorate the upcoming launch of the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) and World Bank Tokyo DRM Hub’s publication on “Public-Private Engagement in Hydromet Services” early summer of 2019, this public seminar event will host a panel discussion on public-private engagement in the hydromet services sector, inviting Japanese, international, and World Bank experts to discuss recent trends and way forward in hydromet engagements in developing countries.



    Opening Remarks

    Vladimir Tsirkunov 
    Lead Specialist, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), Team Leader, Hydromet Program

    Setting Stage/PPE Context

    Stefan von Grünigen
    Lead Consultant, eConcept

    Panel Discussion

    Public-Private Engagement in Hydromet Services – Comparative Analysis and Way Forward


    Tatsuya Kimura
    Director, Public Awareness and Partnerships Division, Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA)

    Miki Inaoka
    Deputy Director, Disaster Risk Reduction Team 1, Global Environment Department, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

    Shoichi Tateno
    Public Private Partnership Section Leader, Data Strategist Committee, Weathernews Inc. Global Center

    Stefan von Grünigen
    Lead Consultant, eConcept

    Makoto Suwa
    Sr. DRM Specialist, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), Hydromet Program

    David P. Rogers
    Lead Consultant, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR)

    Panel Moderator

    Anna-Maria Bogdanova
    Operations Officer, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR)

    Event Moderator

    Guillermo A. Siercke
    DRM Specialist, World Bank Tokyo DRM Hub


    *This session will be recorded for later viewing.



  • DATE & TIME: Friday, April 5, 2019 5:00pm-7:00pm
  • VENUE: World Bank Tokyo Office, 14th Floor, Fukoku Seimei Building, 2-2-2 Uchisaiwaicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan (Please refer "ACCESS" in RELATED below) * We have moved to the 14th floor.
  • LANGUAGE: English and Japanese (with simultaneous interpretation)
  • ADMISSION: free
  • CONTACT: World Bank Tokyo Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Hub TEL: 03-3597-1320