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Risk Management Seminars - “Disaster Reduction Education”

  On June 25, 2014, two risk management seminars were held by CAMPUS Asia: “Introduction to the Disaster Reduction Education and Training Project and the Post-Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA)” by Dr. Seungho Lee and “How to Educate Natural Disaster Reduction in International Organizations and Advanced Countries” by Dr. Taehee Whang. Both speakers are associate professors at the Graduate School of International Studies, Korea University, and this is Dr. Lee’s second visit to GSICS since 2013. Students from Korea University and GSICS attended the seminars, and Professor Kimura introduced the speakers.

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  Dr. Lee introduced his new project, “Enhancement of Technical Capacity in Korean Disaster Management through Smart Power.” The project’s primary aim is to develop disaster reduction in developing countries through education and training programs applying Korean disaster management technologies and know-how. From June 23 to 25, his group visited several institutions in the Kansai region, such as the Disaster Reduction & Human Renovation Institute and Maiko High School, which is the only high school in Japan to offer a course on disaster risk reduction (DRR). Next, Dr. Lee talked about the HFA and its recent progress. Regarding DRR, he noted the need for greater efforts toward addressing poverty, urbanization, and climate change, as well as for participation by local communities. Finally, Dr. Lee presented plans for the project, including drafting guidelines for specific disaster reduction education and training programs. In the discussion session, students and professors exchanged ideas about questions such as how each program will be evaluated and managed, and how to boost participation by local communities in different countries.
  Dr. Whang discussed the roles of international organizations specializing in DRR and of programs in some advanced countries. He raised two questions that frequently arise in international relations. Do international organizations matter? What roles can international organizations play? He explained that these questions have many answers but all actors have a common goal in disaster prevention. Next, Dr. Whang introduced the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR, which coordinates forums, campaigns for awareness and empowerment, and works to expand climate change adaptation and education. He mentioned a program supported by the UNISDR office in Incheon, Korea. Lastly, DRR programs in Japan, the United States, and Australia were presented. Dr. Whang concluded by emphasizing the importance of understanding community characteristics in each country. Afterward, participants discussed how to realize community building and education for DRR in Korea.
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