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.
ICHARM conducted field surveys in Okayama and Hiroshima prefectures immediately after the torrential rainfall disaster over western Japan.
As the secretariat of the International Flood Initiative (IFI), ICHARM has been supporting Myanmar in the establishment of the “Platform on Water Resilience and Disasters in Myanmar (PWRDM).” On September 5, 2018, a meeting with director-level local practitioners was held in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.
ICHARM has started a research project in collaboration with other organizations such as MLIT in the framework of the PRISM program, launched in 2018 by the Cabinet Office of Japan. The project is planned to develop a system that can perform trend analysis using river water-level data collected for crisis management by observatories and deliver water-level forecasts for small- and mid-sized rivers managed by local governments in order to assist them in issuing evacuation advisories and orders at the right timing.
On September 14, the graduation ceremony was held at GRIPS. The fourteen students were finally awarded a hard-earned master’s degree. In this ceremony, the two doctoral students were also awarded a doctoral degree in Disaster Management. From October, a new set of 8 students have started the twelfth year of the master’s program. Three more students also joined the ninth-year doctoral program.
As part of the UNESCO Pakistan project, “Strategic Strengthening of Flood Warning & Management Capacity of Pakistan”, ICHARM conducted a week-long training workshop on river discharge and sediment transport assessment in Banjarmasin, Indonesia, on July 22-28, 2018. 15 training participants were river engineers from the governments of Pakistan, Afganistan, India, and Indonesia.
On July 30, the Kyoto University held a kick-off symposium of the “UNESCO Chair on Water, Energy and Disaster Management for Sustainable Development (WENDI).” From ICHARM, Director Toshio Koike and Chief Researcher Tetsuya Ikeda participated in this symposium. Director Koike provided a presentation on “Platform on water resilience and disasters”
The Stockholm World Water Week was held on August 26-31 gathering more than 3,600 participants. On August 28-29, four Asia Focus sessions were held. Among them was a session entitled “Water sensitive and livable green cities in Asia,” jointly organized by the Asia Pacific Water Forum Secretariat and ICHARM with help from some other organizations.