TOKYO UN-CECAR Conference, November 2011


Welcome to the upcoming Conference of the University Network for Climate and Ecosystems Change and Adaptation Research on 15 November 2011 at UNU-ISP Tokyo, Japan. This years focus is on Disaster Risk Management and Sustainability, and will have speakers from leading universities and affiliate organizations in Asia. Read more...


The main focus of the Conference is to discuss risk reduction and recovery challenges from catastrophic disasters. Countries that experienced such catastrophic disasters as the 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake and the 2011 Tohoku earthquake would have many experiences and lessons to share. Search for a sustainable disaster risk management model is a very relevant concern for us given that natural disasters have devastated an increasing number of regions, destroyed investments and set back progress in development.

Prominent researchers from Ibaraki University, Gadjah Mada University, Chulalongkorn University and University of Engineering and Technology Lahore Pakistan will share their experience on disaster response and management on mega disasters in the region during the past decade. Presentations will be followed by a panel discussion on sustainable disaster risk management moderated by Prof. Kazuhiko Takeuchi. Read more...

Key Speakers

  • Kazuhiko Takeuchi
    Vice Rector at UNU

    Opening Remarks on Disaster Risk Management and Sustainability
  • Nobuo Mimura
    Director at Ibaraki University

    Responses to the East Great Japan Earthquake and Tsunami
  • Sucharit Koontanakulvong
    Professor at Chulalongkorn U.

    Thailand Flood 2011: Causes and Future Scenario
  • Ir Tumiran
    Dean at Gadjah Mada University

    Experiences during Merapi volcano eruption in 2010
  • Nihal Rupasinghe
    Chairman of Central Engineering Consultancy Bureau

    Post Tsunami Recovery Issues and Challenges in Sri Lanka
  • Srikantha Herath
    Academic Officer at UNU-ISP

    Sustainable Disaster Risk Management and the Role of Higher Education