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GADRI Regional Alliances

  • African Alliance of Disaster Research Institutes (AADRI), Bindura University of Science, Zimbabwe
  • North American Alliance of Hazards and Disaster Research Institutes (NAAHDRI), Natural Hazards Center, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA - https://www.naahdri.org/
  • South Asian Alliance of Disaster Research Institutes (SAARDRI), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee, India - https://www.iitr.ac.in/centers/COEDMM/pages/SAADRI.html
  • UK Alliance of Disaster Research (UKADR), Co-chair, Northumbria University, UK - http://www.ukadr.org/

Members of the GADRI Board of Directors - Term of office from 2020 to 2024

Europe and Africa

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Ortwin Renn
Scientific Director, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)


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Zita Sebesvari
Institute for Environment and Human Security, United Nations University (UNU-EHS)

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Peter Sammonds
Director, Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR), University College of London

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David Alexander
Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction (IRDR), University College of London

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Andrew Collins
Leader, Disaster and Development Network, Northumbria University

Asia and Oceania

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Gretchen Kalonji
Dean, Institute for Disaster Management and Reconstruction (DMR), Sichuan University

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Toshio Koike
Director, International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management (ICHARM) under the auspices of UNESCO

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Mahua Mukherjee
Head, Centre of Excellence in Disaster Mitigation and Management, IIT-Roorkee

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Indrajit Pal
Assistant Professor, Disaster Preparedness, Mitigation and Management (DPMM), Asian Institute of Technology


Americas

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<Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR), Western University, Canada

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Paul Kovacs
Executive Director
Adjunct Research Professor, Economics, Western University, Canada

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Rodrigo Cienfuegos
Director of Research, Center for Integrated Management of Disaster Risks (CIGIDEN)

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Center for Risk-Based Community Resilience Planning, Colorado State University, USA

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John van de Lindt
Harold H. Short Endowed Chair Professor
Co-Director, Center for Risk-Based Community Resilience Planning, Colorado State University


Secretariat

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Hirokazu Tatano
Secretary-General, GADRI; and Vice-Director, Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University

Welcome to GADRI!

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Established in March 2015 as an outcome of the 2nd Global Summit of Research Institutes for Disaster Risk Reduction, GADRI is a collaborative platform for discussion, sharing knowledge and promoting networks on topics related to disaster risk reduction and resilience to disasters. GADRI is committed to support the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 which 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 engaged in:

  • commitments to contribute to the Science and Technology Raodmap to implement the Sendai Framework Agenda for 2030
  • Enhance collaboration among member organizations to foster scientific exchange and collaborative research
  • encourage evaluation and reporting of research achievements and gaps through the biennial GADRI Global Summit
  • Dissemination of information on existing global disasters consequences databases and other information through Disaster and Risk Research: GADRI Book Series
  • Sharing information on activities through newletter - GADRI Actions
  • 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 190 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 achievements and gaps in your area of research to achieve disaster risk reduction in the real world; review and report these status during the biennialGADRI Global Summit; and assist us with our commitment to contribute to the goals of the Science and Technology Raodmap to implement the Priority Areas of the Sendai Framework Agenda 2030.

GADRI membership is free and we welcome you to join us and continue to work together with us to make disaster resilient world.


Dr. Hirokazu Tatano, Professor and Vice-Director for Future Plans; and
Head of Reserach Division of Disaster Management for Safe and Secure Society,
Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University

Congratulatory Message from Prof. Kaoru Takara, Programme Adviser, GADRI

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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.


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

GADRI activities will be streamlined to fully support the targets of the 2016 Science and Technology Roadmap to support the implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, which calls for the need of focused action across sectors by States at local, national, regional and global levels. The four Priority Areas of the Sendai Framework are as follows:

  • Priority 1: Understanding disaster risk
  • Priority 2: Strengthening disaster risk governance to manage disaster risk
  • Priority 3: Investing in disaster risk reduction for resilience
  • Priority 4: Enhancing disaster preparedness for effective response and to "Build Back Better" in recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction.[1]


[1] Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2020

I. Atmospheric and Water Related Disasters

Brief Description

Atmospheric and hydrospheric phenomena have a variety of spatio-temporal scales from microscales, regional-scales, to global scales. Such phenomena include tornadoes, heavy rainfalls, typhoons, and planetary-scale anomalous weather. Deep and coherent understanding of the mechanisms of these phenomena and also the processes leading to various consequences thereof are the key to mitigate disaster risks. Our thematic area contributes to global disaster risk reduction by providing united efforts in weather and climate related sciences and engineering.

Activities

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The fourth International Symposium on Flash Floods in Wadi Systems - Urban Flood Risk Management: Mitigation and Adaptation Measures in the MENA Region was held at the University of Hassan II Casablanca, Morocco from 4 to 6 December 2018.

The third International Symposium on Flash Floods in Wadi System - Disaster Risk Reduction and Water Harvesting in the Arab Regions was held at the Muscat, Sultanate of Oman from 5 to 7 December 2017.

This event is the second in a new series of annual International Symposia on Flash Floods in Wadi Systems. Furthermore this symposium was supported by the Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) and the Global Alliance of Disaster Research Institutes (GARDI) of the Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University, Japan.

First International Symposium on Flash Floods in Wadi System - Disaster Risk Reduction and Water Harvesting of Flash Floods in the Arab Regions was held at the Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University, Uji Campus, Kyoto, Japan from 14 to 15 October 2015.

II. Earthquake and Volcanic Disasters

Brief Description

The Earthquake and Volcano Hazard group supports international collaborative research related to seismic and volcanic hazards. The group supports international exchange of data and promotes access of these data sets for research purposes. Also, the group helps coordinate field investigations of important earthquakes and volcanic events.

Activities

GADRI Earthquake and Volcano Group held the workshop on "Bridging Strong-motion and Earthquake Damage" at the Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University, Uji Campus, Kyoto, Japan on 25 February 2016.

III. Geo‐Hazards

Brief Description

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Geohazards exhibit various aspects wenomena, such as landslides, debris flow, soil eroson, liquefaction, settlement, in both natural and artificial geomaterials, depending on spatial distribution of topographic, hydrologic and geologic conditions. Potential of geo-hazards are also time varying due to the long-term phenomena such as regional tectonics and climate change, and also short-term processes, especially by heavy rainfall, snow melting, and earthquake shaking. Spatial and temporal prediction of geo-hazards, risk assessment and countermeasures against human, social and economic damages requires collaborative approaches across various scientific or engineering disciplines. We need tight coupling of updated scientific understanding of earth surface processes and latest technology in geotechnical engineering for developing, sharing, and generalizing the strategy for geo-hazard mitigation, with feedbacks from its social applications.

Activities

The 4th Slope Tectonics Conference was held at Kyoto University. There were two days meeting session held in Kyoto followed by a three-day field trip to the Kii Mountains, a world heritage site, in Kii Peninsula, Central Japan. The conference was held from 14 to 18 October 2017.


Workshop on "New Generation of Geohazard Mapping and Strategy for Its Social Application" at Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University, Uji Campus, Obaku Plaza on 12 March 2016.

GEMINI (Geohazard mitigation on the new innovation in science and engineering) is a project for developing, sharing and generalizing the strategy for geohazard mitigation.

IV. Integrated Disaster Risk Management

Brief Description

"Disaster Risk Reduction" requires tackling the various factors that influence a society's vulnerability to disasters in an integrated, holistic, and comprehensive way, which finally call for a concept, framework, methodology of "Integrated Disaster Risk Management". Successful integrated disaster risk management requires integration between disciplines, stakeholders, levels of government, and between global, regional, national, local and individual efforts, which fills gaps between theory and practice under functional scheme of "Disaster Risk Governance". This group is to share and discuss findings, tested assumptions and commonplace knowledge, new methods and innovative ideas defining and strengthening the framework of integrated disaster risk management.

Activities

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GADRI Open Discussion Forum: How Can Disaster Research Institutes Significantly Contribute to Real World Disaster Risk Reduction? - was heldat the Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Collaborative Research Hub - 3F, Kyoto University, Japan on 15 March 2018.

GADRI Open Discussion Forum: GADRI Projects and Activities was heldat the Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Collaborative Research Hub - 3F, Kyoto University, Japan on 23 March 2016. The Forum was held in conjunction with the First Meeting of the GADRI Board of Directors and was attended by 55 participants from 18 countries representing various institutions and governmental agencies.


The Global Alliance of Disaster Research Institute (GADRI) organized a Round Table Discussion Workshop: Towards an Integrated Disaster Risk Research Platform for Hydro-Meteorological Hazards at the Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University, Uji Campus, Kyoto, Japan on 13 and 16 October 2015.

GADRI is hosted by the Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University, Uji Campus, Kyoto, Japan.

Secretary-General

Prof. Hirokazu Tatano, Vice-Director, DPRI, Kyoto University; and
Secretary-General, GADRI

Programme Adviser

Prof. Manabu Hashimoto, Director, DPRI, Kyoto University

Committee Members

Prof. Masahiro Chigira
Prof. Ana Maria Cruz
Prof. Manabu Hashimoto
Prof. Yoshiki Ikeda
Prof. Hirohiko Ishikawa
Prof. Tomotaka Iwata
Ms. Wilma James
Dr. Sameh Ahmed Kantoush
Prof. Hiroshi Kawase
Dr. Kenji Kawaike
Dr. Yuki Matsushi
Mr. Hideki Matsuura
Ms. Ayuna Matthews
Prof. Jim Mori
Dr. Kazuyoshi Nishijima
Dr. Masamitsu Onishi
Ms. Kaoru Saeki, Manager, Publications Office
Dr. Subhajyoti Samaddar
Prof. Tetsuya Sumi
Dr. Tetsuya Takemi
Mr. Akihiro Yamate, Director of Administration, DPRI, Kyoto University
Dr. Muneta Yokomatsu
Dr. Ryokei Yoshimura

Secretariat

Ms. Wilma James, Project Activity Coordinator
Ms. Ayuna Matthews, Secretary
Mr. Hideki Matsuura, Technical Support

Contact details: secretariat-gadri@dpri.kyoto-u.ac.jp

The Charter of GADRI

GADRI seeks to contribute to enhancing disaster risk reduction and disaster resilience in close collaboration with organizations around the world through sharing of information, knowledge, experiences and ideas on disaster research.


GADRI Objectives


To achieve the above purpose, GADRI has the following objectives:

  • To establish a global research network

  • To provide a research road map, and plans and organization of disaster research groups

  • To promote capacity development of disaster research institutes and enhance researcher and student exchange

  • To promote exchange and sharing of data and information for scientific research across the globe

  • To serve as an advocacy organization to speak with one voice in an effort to influence decision-making processes.

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Following the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA), advances have been made in the application of damage reduction principles, but many challenges remain as seen by the continued increase in disaster losses. Also, the new Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 with support from the Scientific and Technical Advisory Group of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), 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. The Framework explicitly calls for coordinated efforts by the scientific community to deepen the understanding of disaster risks, promote evidence-based implementation of disaster risk reduction strategies, and transfer and disseminate scientific knowledge and technologies in support of decision making processes.


Building on these, participants of the "2nd Global Summit of Research Institutes for Disaster Risk Reduction: Development of a Research Road Map for the Next Decade," met to in March 2015 at the Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University to discuss how the disaster research institutes can contribute to disaster risk reduction in the next 15 years in accordance with the goals of the Sendai Framework.


The outcome of the discussion was the establishment of the "Global Alliance of Disaster Research Institutes (GADRI)." GADRI is a forum for sharing knowledge and promoting collaboration on topics related to disaster risk reduction and resilience to disasters and is a network of networks guided by organizational values for disaster risk reduction that are reflected in the GADRI Charter.