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Outline of ICHARM

The International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management (ICHARM), a UNESCO CategoryⅡ Centre, was established as an integral part of the Public Works Research Institute (PWRI) on 6 March 2006 under the auspices of UNESCO in cooperation with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) and other related organizations. Dr. Kuniyoshi Takeuchi, a former professor of Yamanashi University and the chairman of the Japan National Committee for UNESCO IHP, was appointed as the founding director of ICHARM.

After the official launch, ICHARM has actively involved in Research, Training and Information Networking in an integrated manner. It promotes a wide range of activities, including local studies to realize an appropriate flood-risk management cycle, the development of a satellite-based flood forecasting system, research on flood risk assessment and adaptation strategies to cope with possible global climate change and various training courses such as the one-year Master's course on water-related risk management.

ICHARM aims at contributing to the prevention and mitigation of water-related disasters in the world. Initial efforts are focused on flood-related disaster management, or excessive water issues, to function as the Global Center of Excellence to provide localities, nations, regions and the world with the best practicable strategies as well as assistance for implementing them.

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