Recent activities (from ICHARM Newsletter)

ICHARM emphasizes localism, i.e., project implementations tailored to local needs and conditions, by creating an efficient worldwide information network based on innovative research and effective capacity building based on the “ICHARM Work Plan” which is renewed every two years.
The followings are major activities by ICHARM from the latest ICHARM Newsletter.
Other activities are introduced in the latest ICHARM Newsletter.

『Special Topics』

Special lecture, "Global trend and Japan," by Mr. Koïchiro Matsuura, the 8th Director-General of UNESCO

IICHARM holds ICHARM R&D Seminar for the executives and researchers of the National Institute for Land and Infrastructure Management and the Public Works Research Institute to learn the latest knowledge and findings on water issues by inviting domestic or foreign experts in hydrology and water-related disasters.

The 64th seminar was held on January 16, 2019, as a special lecture by Mr. Koïchiro Matsuura, the eighth Director-General of UNESCO.

Mr. Matsuura answers a question from a master’s student

Joint research agreement concluded between Iwaizumi Town and ICHARM

On February 18, 2019, ICHARM concluded a joint research agreement with Iwaizumi in Iwate Prefecture, a town in northern Japan, which suffered tremendous damage when Typhoon No.10 hit the area in 2016.

Mayor Nakai and Deputy Director Sawano at the signing ceremony

『International Flood Initiative (IFI)』

DIAS training workshop in Myanmar

The DIAS training was held on February 4th and 5th at Yangon Technological University (YTU) in cooperation with the SATREPS project led by the University of Tokyo and some other organizations, researchers involved in the DIAS project led also by the University of Tokyo, and YTU.

Participants of the DIAS training

The 3rd plenary meeting of IFI Platform in the Philippines

TThe 3rd plenary meeting of the Platform on Water Resilience and Disasters was held in Quezon City of Metro Manila, the Philippines. The meeting gathered 78 participants from 20 organizations.

Participants in the 3rd Plenary Meeting of the IFI Platform

The 3rd plenary session for the Platform on Water Resilience and Disasters in Sri Lanka

The 3rd Plenary Session for the Platform on Water Resilience and Disasters in Sri Lanka was held on February 20, 2019, at the Irrigation Department in Colombo, Sri Lanka. More than 40 experts participated from the flood-related government organizations of Sri Lanka.

Signing of MOU by Prof. Koike, Director of ICHARM and Eng. S. Mohanarajah, Director General of the Irrigation Department

『Training & Education』

The 11th ICHARM Follow-up Seminar in Nepal

The 11th ICHARM Follow-up Seminar was held in Kathmandu, Nepal, on January 23, 2019. This year’s seminar was held in Nepal with a total of 25 participants including ten graduates and a dozen of representatives from governmental organizations of Nepal, the Embassy of Japan, and a JICA office.

Group photo at the 11th ICHARM Follow-up Seminar

『Research』

Sediment transport and channel changes in water related disaster prediction

One of the objectives of this research is to improve the prediction of water related hazards by integrating the knowledge of sediment hydraulics and field observations in numerical model following the procedure as described below in Fig. 1.

Method for disaster prediction considering sediment issues

『Information Networking』

Typhoon Committee-related activities (Jan – Mar 2019) -- the 51st session in China and a workshop on IFI platform in the Philippines --

The 51st Annual Session of the Typhoon Committee (TC) was held from February 25 to March 2, 2019, in Guangzhou, China. About 150 participants gathered from 12 nations and territories (Japan, the United States, Korea, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia) and two international organizations (WMO, ESCAP).

Group photo of TC 51 participants

The 3rd Indo-Japan Workshop on Disaster Risk Reduction and a field trip to Kerala State

On March 18, 2019, the 3rd Indo-Japan Workshop on Disaster Risk Reduction was held at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi, India, and Director Toshio Koike and Chief Researcher Tetsuya Ikeda participated from ICHARM.

The workshop focused on three themes: collaboration between research institutes, collaboration between cities, and collaboration in the private sector.

Representing participants of Japan and India

『Field Survey』

The 3rd field survey in the Sittaung River of Myanmar to investigate riverbanks and coastal erosion

ICHARM has conducted research activities in the lower Sittaung River since 2017, assisted by the Directorate of Water Resources and Improvement of River Systems (DWIR) of Myanmar. As part of this research, ICHARM conducted a field survey on February 21-24, 2019.

Sample collection and measurement using a boat