Monday, October 8, 2012



IV.       POLICY


The disaster risk reduction in an urban environment is essential to ensure the sustainable development of cities in developing countries. Specialists in reducing urban disaster risk (UDRR) are not readily available, because the formation of them requires a broad knowledge of science and understanding of socio-economic conditions that lead to risks urban. It also requires a heart full of devotion and commitment to save people.

Based on the experience of the Kobe earthquake in 1995, which was a clear pattern of urban disaster and recovery, a group of specialists UDRR, Asia, Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and Latin America, have been trained through a joint effort between JICA Hyogo Research Center for Urban Safety - RCUSS Kobe University. For a period of eight years (2004-2011), more than 100 participants have completed two months of training in Japan. The group of participants has promoted regional workshops to promote mutual understanding of the issues in each region UDRR and thus further strengthen the international network among these specialists UDRR and organizations.

This document contains the policies, objectives and activities to be developed by the Association of Ex - JICA Alumni of the "Strategy for Earthquake Disaster Mitigation Mega-Urban", with support from RCUSS Kobe University, in order to give effect to the priorities set out in the Hyogo Framework for Action (Ensure that disaster risk reduction (DRR) is a national and local priority with a strong institutional basis for implementation.) as well as the seventh Millennium Development Goal (Ensuring environmental sustainability.) in accordance with the Disaster Risk Management – GRD (Disasters can wipe out any hope of developing sustainable urban and rural environments. If no policies are defined and implemented, it will be impossible to achieve the goal of improving the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers by 2020.).


a. Lack of critical mass of specialists trained in disaster risk reduction in the level technicians, professionals and executives in different countries and regions. The culture of disaster prevention is not developed in the general population.
b. The disaster management models are based on the management of the emergency and the help of the authorities, it is rare that there local groups trained and prepared to deal with disaster risks.
c.The disaster risk management does not incorporate scientific advances in technology.       
d. There is no universal access to a Web portal for Training and Education Disaster Risk Management, and most are available in English.


1. Create an NGO for undertaking the proposed objectives of the meetings of Pakistan 2011, Turkey 2011 and Colombia 2012.
2. Obtaining financial and human resources to sustain the organization.
3. Optimize achieving development goals and activities through proper utilization of available resources.

The proposal made at the meeting of Pakistan, it seems appropriate for the development of the organization that arises (Fig)

The NGO (name to be assigned) will be the framework responsible for planning, organizing, coordinating, directing and supervising the policy to propose international forums related to scientific and technical activities-operative established under the Risk Management Disaster. Monitors and evaluates the implementation of this policy and, if applicable international standardization proposed


Being an organization that encourages, develops, promotes the process of disaster risk management through hazard identification, establishment of vulnerability and risk assessment. This process should be encouraged to society as a whole and particularly to the poor population and authorities of local governments in the areas most likely to suffer the ravages of nature.


1. Creating an organization international, regional (Asia, MENA and LATAM) and national in at least two countries in each region during 2012-2013.
2. Develop projects to obtain financing at the level of international cooperation and local   goverments.           
3. Develop a training program for 2012.
4. Develop regional workshops to strengthen alumni. (1 in 2012).
5. Create or link to a platform to centralize and share information


1. - Name of the program: Training course for Latin America in Reducing Urban Disaster Risk.
2. - Timeframe: 2012 to 2015 (four years).
3. - General Purpose: To train local and national institutions of Latin America in Reducing Urban Disaster Risk.
4. - Specific Objectives (according to the minutes of the meeting Bogotá 2012):
4.1. Develop training program
4.2. Conduct training at local and national Latin America
4.3 Creating a platform for sharing information.

VII.    Activities - Methodology:

5.1. Develop a database of ex JICA fellow interested in participating in the project, with each profile, experience, and possible subject of the course.
5.2. Develop detailed project program and courses, subjects, duration, speakers, costs, etc.
5.3. Building two workshops for former fellows would conferencing training program and setting the contents.
5.4. Eight training courses for 15 to 20 days, two each year, one in April and one in October, where the course is in every country in Latin America (the management of the country would also through the ex-trainees), the Alumni speakers would be and some of the teachers we've had (the course will be in Spanish, translation required)
5.5 Generate relevant course documents, guides, reports, etc..

VIII.  Resources.

Resources need to be managed with international cooperation and local government offices of the course for the following expenses:
·         President Organization (salary)
·         Regional Director (salary against achievement of objectives)
·         Course coordinators in each country (fee against achievement of objectives)
·         Speakers (former fellows and professors) (airfare, lodging, per diem, etc..)
·         Headquartes of  the course (with local management)
·         Course material and reports.


  1. Hello JICA.RCUSS Members,
    After several weeks involved on the response following the pass of TC Evan through Samoa and Fiji, I am very glad to join you with some more understanding on what does a Pacific Island Countries (PICs) looks like. But also it was an opportunity to look after new possibilities on DRR on these small but high risk countries.

    Best Regards to all,

  2. Dear Carlos, Welcome to our TRI DRR Platform. Thanks for sharing.