Representing Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network (ADRRN), Mr. Azeem Patterson from MERCY Malaysia, Ms. Genevieve Lorenzo from CARITAS Manila and Mr. Khadga Sen Oli from National Society for Earthquake Technology – Nepal (NSET) participated International Training Workshop on Natural Disaster Reduction (ITW) - 2010 during May 10- 14, 2010 in Taipei city of Taiwan R.O.C.. The program was organized by National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction (NCDR), Taiwan.
This is the sixth edition of this concept to providing much conducive and interactive atmosphere that NCDR has been continuing to organize since the year 2005 with the view to sharing and learning knowledge and ideas on disaster risk reduction and response amongst disaster professionals from different parts of the world. The National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction (NCDR), established in the year 2003 has been envisaged to serve as a technical advisor to the Executive Yuan (Cabinet) of Taiwan on disaster prevention and reduction affairs.
The program was precisely and very wisely structured so as to facilitate knowledge management processes more accurately and effectively. Altogether 29 participants from 9 countries did own the program with great enthusiasm and exemplary participation on the various themes. The main theme of ITW-2010 program was on ‘The impact, prevention and mitigation of slopeland disaster’, which was believed to provide a platform for exchanging and sharing the technology as well as the experience on disaster reduction. There were mainly two areas on more intensive focus; first one the impact after Typhoon Morakot (2009), the second one about learning knowledge and techniques on monitoring, early warning and evacuation of/on slopeland disasters. Due to the severe damage caused by Typhoon Morakot in August, 2009, Taiwan face the new disaster impact at mountain and low-lying plain area. Through the workshop, that impact of Typhoon Morakot on slopeland disaster, flood disaster and the meteorological phenomena of Typhoon Morakot was introduced and discussed on. Secondly, initiatives on managing slopeland disaster in Taiwan was shared which included various works to monitor, early warning and evacuate of slopeland disaster.
In talks with ADRRN representatives at NCDR office, Dr. Liang-Chun Chen, Director-NCDR and Dr. Wei-Sen Li, Deputy Executive Secretary-NCDR had shown their keen interest to learn about ADRRN approaches & extended their gratitude to ADRRN community for recognizing ITW2010 much valuable.
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