4th APWS pre-session about water and disaster/climate change in terms of science & technologies

Date: 2022-2-9

Asia-Pacific Water Forum (APWF) is organizing the 4th Asia-Pacific Water Summit (APWS) on 23-24 April 2022.

The objective of the 4th APWS is to share forward-looking solutions and practices to Heads of State and Government and support their policy decisions to accelerate actions to conduct quality growth toward a resilient, inclusive, and sustainable society by resolving various water-related issues in the recovery of COVID-19 pandemic in the region. We aim to discuss how and provide practical actions and solutions in the light of science and technologies, governance, and finance.  

We organize some pre-session to conduct an intensive and fruitful discussion in the 4th APWS.

Date and time
15th February (Tues) 15:00-16:30 JST


Overview of Science and Technology Pre-session of the 4th APWS – Water and Disaster/Climate Change
Water-related disasters intensified by climate change can affect artificial and natural environments directly. Through the Covid-19 pandemic, the world has learned that complex, cascading and systemic risks that are usually implicit in social, economic and environmental systems can suddenly emerge and threaten humanity beyond boundaries in space and time.

All stakeholders will need to undertake concerted and collaborative actions through tripartite cooperation across science and technology, governance, and finance at different spatial scales and in thematic and functional terms. By getting support from all stakeholders, the science and technology community should develop a system to integrate knowledge on climate systems, the water cycle, and water management systems by enhancing capacities. The science and technology community should also foster human resources who can work as catalysts by providing interdisciplinary knowledge, experiences and methods suitable to target areas and supporting local staff in introducing expertise and resources from the outside to local communities.

To make a design for the science and technology component of the Theme-1 on Water and Disaster/Climate Change of the 4th APWS in Kumamoto, this pre-session will review the local, national and international experiences and on-going activities and seek directions and actions to be taken.

Tentative Agenda

1. Opening: Toshio Koike, ICHARM (4min)

2. Local and National Reports: (5min each)
  1) Rajendra Sharma, National Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Authority, Nepal
  2) Youichi Ishikawa, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology, Japan
  3) Janaki Meegastenna, Department of Irrigation, Sri Lanka
  4) Liu Jiahong, Institute of Water Resources & Hydropower Research, China

3. International Reports: (5min each)
  1) Giriraj Amarnath, IWMI
  2) Mandira Shrestha, ICIMOD
  3) Valentin Aich, GWP
  4) Riko Oki, JAXA

4. Panel Discussion (40min)

5. Closing: Toshio Koike, ICHARM (5min)