Monday, December 31, 2018


Disaster risk reduction of urban and built environment is essential to guarantee the healthy and industrious developments of core cities in developing countries. Specialists in Urban  Disaster Risk Reduction (UDRR) are, however, not readily available because developing such specialists requires acquiring a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of both the scientific and the socio- economic conditions driving urban risks. Further, it requires a full heart of devotion and a commitment to bridging the people together.

Based on the experiences of the 1995 Kobe Earthquake, that were typical of urban disaster & recovery, a group of UDRR specialists, from Asia, Middle East & North Africa (MENA) and Latin America regions, have been trained through a concerted effort between JICA Hyogo  and RCUSS of Kobe University. For a period of 8 years (2004-2011), more than 100 participants have completed two months training in Japan. Initiatives have started from the group of those training participants to hold regional workshops to promote mutual understandings of UDRR issues in each region and to further strengthen the international human network among these UDRR specialists and concerned organizations. As those three regions have their own unique cultural and historical commonalities, the regional solidarity plays a central role in building DRR strategy. So far, three workshops have been completed in Asia, MENA and LATAM as indicated below:

1. ASIA regional workshop at Islamabad, Pakistan, May 2-5, 2011
Theme: Capacity Building in Vulnerable Community, learning through 2005
Pakistan Kashmir EQ & 2010 Pakistan Flood Disasters and Recoveries

2. MENA regional workshop at Ankara/Istanbul, Turkey, December 1-3, 2011
Theme: Urban Development and Renovation based on Seismic Risk in MENA
region, learning through 1999 Turkey Earthquake and Recoveries

3. LATAM regional workshop at Bogota, Colombia, March 5-7, 2012
Theme: UDRR in Latin America & Information Sharing

Objectives of International Workshops:

1) Discuss the UDRR strategy & topics needed for all regions; topics such as assessment of urban risk & vulnerability, seismic design of housing, and safety of schools and hospitals,

2) Discuss the support & collaboration on the recovery from recent disasters,

3) Discuss the future strategy of UDRR network & activity among the Asia, MENA, and  Latin America groups and the international organizations.

TRI-DRR PLATFORM established  in order to strengthen the international network of ex-JICA group trainees on "DRR Strategy for Urban Earthquake and to maintain global network.

For this purpose TRI-DRR PLATFORM Team join many international events such as  2012 AIWEST-DR Banda Aceh, Indonesia , 2011 Global Platform for DRR, 2013 Global Platform for DRR, 2015 UNWCDR, Japan.
It is vital to have a strong and effective networking scheme that would unite a global efforts of  urban DRR by experts.
We  would like to organize common DRR events with your institutions
We will look forward your invitation and participation with TRI DRR.



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