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Department of Geography and Resource Development
University of Ghana

Legon
Ghana

Outline

The Disaster Risk Reduction Programme started as part of the Periperi U which is a partnership of African universities that spans across the continent and is committed to building local disaster risk related capacity. Established in 2006, with five original members, the partnership has grown to include eleven universities from Algiers to Antanarivo, with institutions in Algeria, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda.


The goal of Periperi U is to reduce disaster risks in among African countries through improved national and local disaster risk management, due to enhanced strategic human capacity to integrate risk reduction into critical developmental sectors and programmes. The partners of Periperi U believe this can accomplished through building and embedding sustainable 'multi-tasking' capabilities in disaster risk and vulnerability reduction capacity building in ten selected institutions of higher learning in Africa consistent with global disaster reduction priorities reflected in the Hyogo Framework of Action.

Since 2006 to 2015, an average of three MPhil students are produced by the programme. Like most newly established programmes/centres, the major challenge has been finance needed to procure the necessary logistics and facilitate research in general.

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Department of Geography, Delhi School of Economics
University of Delhi

Delhi
India

Outline
The department traces its origin to October 1959, when under the initiative of Professor V.K.R.V. Rao, the then Vice-Chancellor of the University and an eminent Economist, a Department of Human Geography was established as a constituent of the Delhi School of Economics. Professor George Kuriyan, a renowned Geographer of India at that time, was the first Professor and founder of the department. In 1966, Professor V.L.S. Prakasa Rao took over from him and guided the department until 1973.

Since then, the department acquired a name and a distinctive identity in India and abroad. It draws students from all over India as well as abroad.

The department has expanded many times over since 1973. The name of the department was changed to the Department of Geography in 1976 to indicate the widening scope of teaching and research activity in physical and human aspects of Geography. The Department has evolved many new courses, which have been widely acclaimed as the frontiers in Geography. The Faculty members undertake research projects from various agencies including University Grants Commission, Indian Council of Social Science Research, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Indo-Canadian Shastri Institute and Ministries of Government of India, which include Indian Space Research Organization, Department of Science and Technology and the Planning Commission.

The department is located within the teaching block of the campus of the Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University North Campus.

  • Diversity of Teaching programme with 6 specialized groups.
  • Faculty received several prestigious Awards and Grants
  • Established International Collaboration with Canada, Netherlands, UK, Japan and USA.

Engage with national and international Geography Associations occupying post of Vice-President, IGU and Secretary General, NAGI.


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Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar

Gujarat
India

Outline
The Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar strives to offer the best undergraduate and graduate education in India with unmatched innovations in curriculum. The institute promotes critical thinking and an appreciation of the interdisciplinary character of knowledge, with an emphasis on the liberal arts, project oriented learning, compulsory courses in design and the life sciences, diversity and globalization.

The five-week immersion Foundation Programme for all new undergraduate students was recognized with the World Education Award 2013 by the World Education Summit for innovations in engineering education. Nearly a quarter of its undergraduate students receive study abroad experience during their academic career. IIT Gandhinagar is committed to promoting excellence in science, technology, as well as the humanities and social sciences and to the development of rounded and nuanced minds.

IIT Gandhinagar was founded in 2008 and is located in Palaj, Gandhinagar, Gujarat on the banks of river Sabarmati. Gandhinagar is in proximity to Ahmedabad which is one of the oldest living cities in India, known both for a rich cultural past as well as state-of-the-art infrastructure, thriving industries, and many modern amenities. The city is also the hub of prestigious academic and research institutes, such as the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and the National Institute of Design. Gujarat's long standing mercantile and business tradition encourages excellence and entrepreneurship.

IIT Gandhinagar offers BTech and MTech programmes in Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Mechanical and Materials Science and Engineering and also offers MSc programmes in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Cognitive Science. It also offers MA programme in Society and Culture. Ph.D. programmes are offered in all the engineering and science disciplines such as Chemical, Biomedical, Civil, Electrical, Mechanical, Computer Science and Materials Science and Engineering, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Earth Science, and Cognitive Sciences. Apart from the graduate programmes in engineering and science, institute also offers PhD in Literature, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, political sciences and Social Epidemiology.

Safety Centre is one of the prominent centres at IIT Gandhinagar. The objective of the IIT Gandhinagar Safety Centre is to promote safety in public and private spheres, industry and the informal sector. The Safety Centre advances these objectives with activities to Discover (Research and Development), Teach (Offering safety courses in UG and graduate curriculum), Outreach (through Conferences, Workshops, Seminars, Symposia and training Professionals from Academia and Industry) and Practice.


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Center of Excellence in Disaster Mitigation & Management
Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee

Roorkee
India

Outline
The Centre of Excellence in Disaster Mitigation and Management (CoEDMM) is the first center of Disaster Mitigation and Management in India. It was established on March 27, 2006 with the aim of conducting the educational program, cutting edge research and training on disasters, vulnerability and their mitigation. Creation of a National Database for rapid dissemination of information and knowledge is also an objective.

The centre is a multidisciplinary research and education centre. The main aim of the educational program is to impart advanced knowledge on technical and managerial skills to the professionals to make them equipped with innovative technologies for effective mitigation and management of disasters for the overall benefit of the society.

The centre aims to achieve excellence in key areas of education and research at par with international standards. Regional issues especially related to Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Floods, Cyclones, Fire, Avalanche, Land Slides, Cloud Burst and their early warnings are other focus areas.

The centre offers two year course in disaster mitigation and management specialization. The doctoral program is strongly supported by professors who are stalwart of their field.


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Jindal School of Liberal Arts and Humanities
O.P. Jindal Global University

Rarjgir
India

Outline
JSLH is a value frame or a particular ideal of education. It emphasizes the teacher as an exemplar. Performativity and commitment become important. A teacher becomes a legend who creates the folklore of liberal arts. The student is not a passive creature. She is a creator and inventor of a new self or a renewed self. She is a seeker, explorer and the syllabus becomes a map of possibilities. In a Deleuzian sense, liberal arts are not about tracing. Mapping is an act of reinvention; one explores, invents and rediscovers a territory.

Pedagogy becomes crucial because it is the act of teaching that is the eventual educational act, a drama unfolding everyday around a canonical text, an invitation to re-reading, as an unfolding invention. These attributes and approach make JSLH one of the best colleges for humanities.

There is also the dream of democracy. Liberal arts and humanities provide the syllabus for a democratic way of life. It is here that cosmos, a community, a constitution and a syllabus can all integrate into a four-fold way of life we can call democratic. The ideas of a cosmos invokes world views anchored in religions and civilizations, creating a relation between man, nature and god, creating a multiverse of meanings, where old dichotomies between politics and religions, science and religion are re-explored. A cosmos needs a community or a neighborhood of communities to embed it and embrace it. A community needs a history, a story teller and an ethics of memory which becomes the basis of an ethics of caring. Liberal arts and humanities is fundamentally about responsibility, leadership and judgment, the creativity of standing up for something.


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School of Ecology and Environment Studies (SEES)
Nalanda University

Rarjgir
India

Outline
The School of Ecology and Environment Studies (SEES) is one of the first schools at the Nalanda University, which commenced its academic programme in August 2014. The School traverses a broad range of academic pursuits across natural sciences and social sciences, to promote education and research on the interactions between the natural environment and human activities.

Rooted in the tradition of the ancient Nalanda University, the School aspires to generate critical understanding that will benefit the globe. The School also seeks to bridge the current gap in the study of environmental issues between the Western and the Eastern perspectives. It addresses pressing local, regional and global environmental problems of our times through education, research, collaborations, and policy recommendations.


Nalanda has been a seat of knowledge for over eight centuries in the ancient kingdom of Magadha. It has been a renowned centre for learning from the 5th century until it was destroyed by Bakhtiyar Khilji in the 12th century. Nalanda is proclaimed as, "One of the most important universities in the world, was developed not in the medieval west, but right here in India: Nalanda University... was instrumental in producing people who are capable of understanding and articulating what it means to have universal knowledge, knowledge that is applicable across cultures and across times." (Dr. Geoffrey Durham)


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Brawijaya University

East Java
Indonesia

Outline
The name Universitas Brawijaya (Brawijaya University) was granted by the President of the Republic of Indonesia through a wire no. 258/K/61 sent on July 11, 1961. This name is derived from the title of Kings of Majapahit, a great kingdom in Indonesia from 12th to 15th centuries. UB transformed into a state university on January 5, 1963, following a Presidential Decree issued earlier in the same year.

This date was later promulgated as UB's anniversary (specifically called Dies Natalies among Indonesian academic society members).

Previously, Universitas Brawijaya was publicly known with acronym of UNBRA and then UNIBRAW. On Universitas Brawijaya Senate meeting on March 17, 2008, UB was inaugurated as the official acronym of Universitas Brawijaya.

The Hymn of UB was composed by a student of the Faculty of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry called Yanardhana in 1963, while the Mars of UB was composed by Lilik Sugiarto in 1996. Both songs are still frequently sung up to this day.

UB campus is situated in the city of Malang, East Java, in a strategic location can easily be reached by public transportations. With trees growing in all corners of the campus and the cool air of Malang, UB indeed is a very fresh campus. As a city of education, Malang has been developing rapidly. This seems to be inseparable from the glory of East Java in the past.

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Faculty of Engineering
Gadjah Mada University

Yogyakarta
Indonesia

Outline
Gadjah Mada University (UGM) is an Indonesian public research university located in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, founded on December 19, 1949. UGM is the oldest and largest institution of higher learning in Indonesia.

Gadjah Mada has been considered to be one of the most prestigious universities in Indonesia, comprises of 18 faculties, 68 undergraduate study programs, 23 diploma study programs, 104 master and specialist study program, and 43 Doctorate study programs. It has approximately 55,000 students, 1,187 foreign students and 2,500 faculty members currently.

The vision of UGM is to be an excellent and innovative world Class Research University, imbued with nation's cultural values based on Pancasila as the state ideology and dedicated to the nation's interest and humanity. The Mission is to carry out education, research and community service as well as preservation and development of knowledge that is excellent and useful for society. UGM is creating conducive environment for the continuity of the learning process. These efforts are pursued in the context of developing multidisciplinary collaborations and responding to ecological and environmental issues in order to achieve the vision of the university. Some of the steps are promoting action research in disaster mitigation and implementing socio-preneurial and technical approach for disaster risk reduction. Our wide range of collaboration experiences with similar education institutions, research institutes, government agencies, NGOs and industry has enabled UGM to facilitate intensive collaborations in promoting the disaster risk reduction effort in Indonesia.


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Geological Agency (GA), Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources of the Republic of Indonesia

Bandung
Indonesia

Outline
The Geological Agency (GA) was initially formed during the Dutch colonialism era in the 18th century and was called as Kantoor van het Mijnwezen. In 1850, the name was transformed into Dienst van het Mijnwezen.

In 2005, it was finally called as the Geological Agency under the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR) of the Republic of Indonesia. Based on the decree of MEMR dated 18 November 2010, the Geological Agency (Echelon-I) consists of five Centers (Echelon-II), namely the Secretariat of Geological Agency (SGA), the Center for Geological Resources (CGR), the Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (CVGHM), the Center for Groundwater Resource and Environmental Geology (CGREG), and the Center for Geological Survey (CGS). The CVGHM was established to conduct research, investigation, engineering recommendations, and services in the field of volcanology and geological hazard mitigation. In performing its duties, the CVGHM performs several functions including (a) the preparation of technical policy development, norms, standards, procedures, and criteria, as well as plans and programs in the field of volcanology and geological disaster mitigation; (b) the implementation of research, investigation, engineering, thematic mapping and analysis of geological disaster risk, as well as early warning of volcanic activity and potential of ground movement and the provision of technical recommendations on geological disaster mitigation; (c) coaching functional of volcano watchers or observers; (d) monitoring, evaluating and reporting the implementation of research, investigation, engineering, thematic mapping and geological disaster risk analysis, as well as early warning of the volcanic activity and the potential ground movement and the provision of technical recommendations geological disaster mitigation; and (e) the administration. The organization structure of the CVGHM consists of four sections, which are: (a) Section of Volcano Monitoring and Investigations (observing 67 active volcanoes by 70 volcano observatories, estimate and publish the states or level of volcanic activity, providing technical recommendations within each states of volcanic activity, publishing disaster-prone area maps, topographic maps , geological map, and providing counseling.


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Research Center for Disaster Mitigation, Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB)

Bandung
Indonesia

Outline
Research Center for Disaster Mitigation, under the coordination of Institute for Research and Community Service - Institute of Technology Bandung, was established since 2003 with the name of Research Group on Disaster Mitigation and then changed into Center for Disaster Mitigation (in 2005) before its current name. The change of name in 2011 brought wider authority and responsibility.

The missions of RCDM ITB now are to enhance fundamental and applied research activities, which are able to anticipate, respond to and mitigate the disaster risk; to promote fundamental and applied research results that can strengthen the policy development in disaster management in order to achieve sustainable development; and to support the formation of disaster mitigation expert-communities in Indonesia through education. Research Area: RCDM ITB is a multidiscipline area. Many experts from many expertise, such as seismology, active tectonic, tsunami, infrastructure, geodesy, geology, volcanology, disaster management, regional policy, technology failures, and disaster instrument, which is represented by board of researcher. Besides, the center is also supported by Advisory Board, which consisting of respected head of several institutions related with disaster mitigation. As part of university, the research implemented by RCDMP ITB are focused in three main tasks, i.e. education, research and community services through community-based disaster mitigation activities to increase the awareness of community.


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Jasa Tirta I Public Corporation (PJT I)

Malang
Indonesia

Outline
Jasa Tirta Public Corporation was established as a state-owned company with a specified concensus in rendering water services and performing O&M activities based on water service fee abstracted from the users. The corporation was established under the Government Regulation No. 5 of 1990. To adapt further to the responsibilites and assignments, the regulating basis of Jasa Tirta I Public Corporation (PJT I) was twice ammended.

Firstly, in 1999, by the Government Regulation No. 93 of 1999, in order to strengthen the organization and permit its jurisdiction to extend to other basins; and recently by the Government Regulation No. 46 of 2010.

The objective and goal of PJT I is take part and support the Government policy and program on economic sector and national development in general, and particularly on business of water resources and its management, as well as optimization of PJT I's resources to produce goods and services based on healthy corporation management principles. In order to achieve the objective and goal, PJT I conducts main business activities: (1) services to provide bulk water for drinking water, industry, agriculture, flushing, port, electric power generation and others; (2) provide water power to generate electricity for the State Electricity Company; (3) generate and distribute electric power and drinking water, perform consulting in water resources fields, heavy equipment rental and water quality laboratory services, and (4) develop other water-related services including piped domestic supply at specified scales. PJT I in-charged in managing the water resources in 40 rivers (including the Brantas River) of the Brantas River Basin and to operate, maintaining, and managing the major infrastructure in these rivers. In 2000, the corporation was authorized to undertake water resources management activities within 25 rivers of the Bengawan Solo River Basin (an inter-provincial river basin lying in Central and East Java Provinces). In 2014 the corporation was authorized to undertake water resources management activities including controlling of water destructive forces, in Serayu Bogowonto and Jratunseluna River Basins in Central Java and Toba Asahan River Basin in North Sumatera.


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International Institute of Earthquake Engineering and Seismology (IIEES)

Tehran
Iran

Outline
Iran, being located between two Arabian and Euro-Asian tectonic plates, has experienced several destructive earthquakes, leaving heavy causalities and serious deterioration in different periods of its history. Over 130 severe earthquakes happened in the 20th century in this country, leaving socio-economic losses and long-lasting effects, indicate the seismicity and vulnerability of this country.

Unfortunately, during some of these disastrous natural events even the invaluable evidences of ancient Persian culture have been flattened to the ground. All the aforementioned facts confirm the crucial necessity of being concerned about seeking a remedy in order to prevent and diminish these effects. Regarding high seismicity, vulnerability and high seismic risk of this region, International Institute of Seismology and Earthquake Engineering (IIEES) was established in November 1989 following the suggestion of 24th UNESCO General Conference and approval of Iranian government "Council of Higher Education Development" based on the investment of Iranian experts in the earthquake engineering.
In order to realize the goals of institute and develop the knowledge in this arena, training the intelligent students could be of great help. In this regard, IIEES was approved as a "Research Center" at the 408th meeting of "Council of Higher Education Development" in 1999 and then its new doctrine was affirmed in August 2001.
Today IIEES is engaged in implementation of national and international projects and will take effective steps in protecting the lives and properties of human being against the activities of nature thanks to all its responsible and qualified researchers.
The main goals of IIEES are investigation, technology and education in all aspects pertinent to seismology, earthquake engineering, earthquake hazard, and suggesting practical approaches and supporting their implementation to reduce the risks of earthquakes, and develop the security culture against earthquakes in this country and in the region.

IIEES is composed of different research departments, including Seismology, Geotechnical Engineering, Structural Engineering, Risk Management, Graduate Studies, Information Technology, and International Relations.


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Department of Earth Sciences (DST)
University of Florence (Universita degli Studi di Firenze)

Firenze
Italy

Outline
The Earth Sciences Department of the University of Firenze has been recently recognized as National Centre of Excellence for scientific research and international relationship in the Geosciences field.

The department has 42 units of academic staff, 21 units of administrative staff and 130 non-permanent staff such as PhD students, assistant researchers. The Earth Sciences Department of the University of Firenze is, since 2004, the official Centre of Competence of the Italian Civil Protection for Remote Sensing and Geohazards (Directive of the Italian Prime Minister of 27 February 2004; Decree of the Head of the Italian National Civil Protection Department no. 252 of 25 January 2005).

In 2008 it was entitled "World Centre of Excellence on Landslide Risk Reduction 2008-2011" by International Programme on Landslide (IPL). This recognition was confirmed in 2011 and in 2014 for the third consecutive time. The Geohazards research group, which is established at Earth Sciences Department of the University of Firenze it is one of the largest centres for scientific and technological services on geohazards in Italy, currently composed by 51 full-time employees (Figure 1). The group counts 4 professors, 3 researchers, 7 technicians, 19 post-doc fellows, 15 PhD students and 3 administratives. It is the biggest centre in Italy in the field of Geohazards and Engineering Geology.

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Research Center for Potential Development of
Disaster Prevention (PDDP), Akita University

Akita
Japan

Outline
The center was established in January 2006 as one of research centers attached to the Graduate School of Engineering and Resource Science to make our community safe and peace from natural disasters,

and is composed of the following six research fields : 1) Earthquake disaster, 2) Tsunami disaster, 3) River disaster, 4) Slope disaster, 5) Volcanic disaster and 6) Information and plan for disaster prevention and mitigation.

The center aims to promote fundamental and applied studies that contribute to prevention and mitigation of natural disasters, to study and support regional disaster prevention and mitigation, and to educate and spread the knowledge of natural disasters on the general public, the local government staff concerned, the company personnel concerned and so on through lecture meetings, forums, seminars, symposiums, etc. In order to perform these aims, the center actively promotes cooperative researches and projects with national and local governments, companies, local communities and so on.

Postgraduate students may study in any of above fields towards the master's and doctor's degrees under the supervision of the center staff.

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Center for Disaster Management
Informatics Research (CDMIR), Ehime University

Ehime
Japan

Outline
The Center for Disaster Management Informatics Research (CDMIR) at Ehime University was established in 2006. In the beginning, it was composed of only four research divisions including Disaster Medical Care Research Division, Regional Disaster Prevention Research Division, Infrastructures for Disaster

Prevention Division, and Division for Disaster Information Network System in Asian Region, but in 2010, Nankai-Trough Earthquakes Research Division was also added so as to revisit the disaster preparedness plan against the widespread damage during Nankai Earthquake.

More recently in 2014, the number of research divisions has increased to six with the addition of Urban Design Research Division. CDMIR objectives are being met basically through the following two types of activities: (1) Support the local communities with disaster mitigation plans in Ehime (2) Strengthen collaborative relationship for disaster mitigation in Asia As a local disaster mitigation support, CDMIR has been annually convening Ehime Disaster Management Forums since 2009. The forum consists of public, private, and academia groups including the mayors of 20 cities and towns of Ehime prefecture. In 2011, the Association of Regional Disaster-Prevention Research in Ehime was established under the initiatives of CDMIR, to study the diverse disaster prevention and mitigation issues from a regional perspective. As one of the natural disaster hotspots of Asia, Ehime University has signed academic exchange agreement with five universities and colleges in Nepal that include Nepal Engineering College, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu University, and others. In 2006, a satellite office of Ehime University was also placed in Kathmandu Nepal to facilitate various Nepal-based disaster management activities of CDMIR. Since then, CDMIR has been conducting various research and training activities aimed at supporting disaster mitigation efforts of Nepal. International symposiums and seminars on disaster mitigation/management issues are also frequently organized. The overall goal of CDMIR is to promote regional disaster management as a part of societal development to foster disaster-resistant and disaster-resilient communities for Ehime, for Shikoku, for Japan, and for Asia.

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International Centre for Water Hazard and
Risk Management (ICHARM
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Ibaraki
Japan

Outline
The mission of ICHARM is to serve as the Global Centre of Excellence for Water Hazard and Risk Management by, inter alia, observing and analyzing natural and social phenomena, developing methodologies and tools, building capacities,

creating knowledge networks, and disseminating lessons and information in order to help governments and all stakeholders manage risks of water-related hazards at global, national, and community levels.

To cope with major water-related disasters, such as floods, it is important and essential to strengthen not only individual but also organizational capacity in disaster management, because there is always limitation for what each person can do. Well aware of that fact, ICHARM conducts the following training courses which can contribute to organizational capacity development through training individuals.

* Comprehensive Management of River and Dam (JICA)

* Making JICA Training Program: Capacity Development for Flood Risk Management with IFAS (JICA)

* Water-related Risk Management Course of Disaster Management Policy Program (JICA & GRIPS)


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International Consortium on Landslides (ICL)

Kyoto
Japan

Outline
The International Consortium on Landslides (ICL) created at the Kyoto Symposium in January 2002 is an International non-governmental and non-profit scientific organization. The ICL established the International Programme on Landslides (IPL) as a programme of ICL by 2006 Tokyo Action Plan.

The International Programme on Landslides (IPL) was launched to create a new global multidisciplinary programme on landslides at the first session of Board of Representatives of ICL (BOR/ICL) at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, in November 2002. The Programme was developed to a global cooperation programme through the thematic session on landslides in the second United Nations World Conference on Disaster Reduction (WCDR), Kobe, Japan in January 2015. The IPL was defined and established by the 2006 Tokyo Action Plan "Strengthening Research and Learning on Landslides and Related Earth System Disasters for Global Risk Preparedness", the output of the Tokyo Round Table Discussion "Strengthening Research and Learning on Earth System Risk Analysis and Sustainable Disaster Management within UN-ISDR as Regards Landslides" held at the United Nations University, Tokyo, from 18th to 20th January, 2006. In 2006, the International Consortium on Landslides exchanged Memorandum of Understandings to promote IPL with each of ICL supporting organizations:

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Crisis & Security Management
Research Center (CSMRC), Kagawa University

Kagawa
Japan

Outline

The Crisis and Security Management Research Center was established in April 2008. It aims to contribute to the safety and security of Local communities by developing advanced academic, technological and educational research projects for protecting human lives and property against man-made disasters such as terrorism, accidents and crime, as well as natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunami, storm surge, and flooding.

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Research and Education Center for Natural Hazards
Kagoshima University

Kagoshima
Japan

Outline
Through the Nansei Islands in the southern Kyushu, torrential rain, typhoons, volcanic eruption, and a variety of other natural disasters caused by such earthquakes (wind and flood damage, sediment-ground disaster, volcano, earthquake disaster, tsunami disaster, etc.) have affected the area. Disaster will change with the times, large scale, and composite.

Nuclear disaster should also be considered as a new challenge. And the establishment of a regional disaster prevention system that corresponds to this new situation, the promotion of a comprehensive disaster prevention education and research has become an urgent issue to support it.

Kagoshima University Disaster Prevention Education and Research Center, in order to reduce the prevention of disasters in the Nansei Islands region from the southern Kyushu, actual elucidation of the disaster, prediction, disaster prevention education, disaster emergency response, cooperation with local challenges such as disaster recovery reconstruction on effort, do the activities towards the improvement of the local disaster prevention force.

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Institute of Nature and Environmental Technology, Kanazawa University

Kanazawa
Japan

Outline
The solution of various environmental issues caused by both natural phenomena and human activities is one of the most important challenges imposed upon the science and engineering of the 21st century.

The Institute of Nature and Environmental Technology at Kanazawa University was established for the purpose to this challenge.

The area of the Circum-Sea of Japan has already become one of the core socio-economic areas of the world due to a significant development of industrial and economic activities. However, atmospheric and oceanic environmental changes caused by human activities have been obvious in the area. Harmful influence of such changes extends to human health and terrestrial ecosystem of the area.
The Institute of Nature and Environmental Technology at Kanazawa University promotes environmental research and education to solve the emergent environmental issues of the area of the Circum-Sea of Japan and to create sustainable future environments in co-operation with the domestic and overseas institutions.

The Institute of Nature and Environmental Technology at Kanazawa University was established as a university joint research and education facility in 2002 on the basis of streamlining plan of existing university facilities such as "Low Level Radioactive Laboratory" at Faculty of Science, "Marine Laboratory" at Faculty of Science, "Electromagnetic Field Control Laboratory" at Faculty of Engineering, and "Botanical Garden" at Faculty of Science. The institute was integrated with the"Japan Sea Research Institute" at Kanazawa University in 2007 to promote the 21st COE Program"Environmental Monitoring and Prediction of Long- & Short-Term Dynamics of Pan-Japan Sea Area". Further, the institute was again reorganised in 2015 to promote environmental research and education in the pursuit to create sustainable future environments of the world.

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