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Inaugurated in March 2015, GADRI is a collaborative platform for discussion, sharing knowledge and promoting networks on topics related to disaster risk reduction and resilience to disasters. The new Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 has pointed out the need to better link sustainable development and climate change efforts towards a common goal of harmonious living with nature and our planet.

In order to support these goals, GADRI is planning to initiate:

  • Research activities along the following projects:
    1. Flagship / Cross-Cutting Projects
    2. Thematic Projects
    3. Trans-disciplinary and Regional Specific Projects
  • Organize thematic workshops, training courses and conferences
  • Enhance collaboration among member organizations to foster scientific exchange and collaborative research
  • Dissemination of information on existing global disasters consequences databases
  • Release a newsletter
  • Encourage communication tool/method for sharing knowledge on real-time applications for early warning systems and fast responses to disasters
  • Endorse GADRI member research proposals
  • Development of a database for data collection in future events

We are young and active. Currently, over 91 member institutions from around the world have joined GADRI.

While striving to accomplish our vision of GADRI, our expectation from you is to identify the status of current research gaps in your area of research to achieve disaster risk reduction in the real world; assist us to establish a road map to reduce the identified gaps; and help develop a concept note for the projects of GADRI.

Membership is free and we welcome you to join and continue to work together with us to accomplish the objectives set out by GADRI.

Dr. Hirokazu Tatano, Professor and Head,
Social Systems for Disaster Risk Governance
Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University


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I wish to congratulate Prof. Andrew Collins, Chair, GADRI Board of Directors, GADRI members and the Secretariat for resonantly moving forward in implementing GADRI activities.

The date to hold the First meeting of the GADRI Board of Directors could not have timed more perfectly than 22 March 2016 as GADRI completed one year since it was approved by the Second Global Summit of Research Institutes for Disaster Risk Reduction held at Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University, Japan in March 2015. It was a historical occasion as this year 2016, DPRI, Kyoto University celebrates the anniversary of 65 Years since its inception in 1951, and the Natural Disaster Research Council celebrates 15 years since it was established in 2001 by DPRI, Kyoto University as a network of Japanese academicians.

As GADRI pursues its goals to support the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 (SFDRR) and the work of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Group of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), I wish to give our assurance to assist GADRI achieve even higher heights in the years to come and to share the knowledge and experiences across borders.

Thank you very much for your continued cooperation.


Dr. Kaoru Takara
Professor and Director Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University