International Workshop: Building Resilience to the Risk of Compound and Cascading Disasters in the Context of Climate Change - Launch of the New E-learning Course on AP-PLAT

Date 21/JAN/2022 16:00 - 18:30 (JST) (GMT+9)
Venue Online
Organizer Ministry of the Environment, Government of Japan
Co-organizer Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
Languages English / Japanese (Simultaneous interpretation was provided except for the Breakout session)

This international workshop served as an official launch of the e-learning course “Building resilience to compound and cascading disaster risks" now available on AP-PLAT.
The course was developed by the Ministry of the Environment, Japan (MOEJ) and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) and was released on the AP-PLAT website in January 2022.

The workshop, which had nearly 90 participants, introduced the concept of compound and cascading disasters using many concrete examples, including the recent volcano eruption in Tonga, and provided an overview of the e-learning course. Discussions between participants in the breakout sessions were also part of the program, thus facilitating valuable exchange among a broad range of stakeholders. We hope that the workshop sparked further interest in this important topic among participants.

About the e-learning course

AP-PLAT E-learning course “Building resilience to compound and cascading disaster risks” aims to provide government officials, communities and other stakeholders access to the knowledge and tools necessary to grasp the complexity of, and strengthen their resilience to, the climate-related compound and cascading disaster risks.
The course consists of downloadable videos, scripts and worksheets, as well as useful links for each lesson. You are welcome to attend the course on the AP-PLAT website (free access, no registration needed).

Online workshop participants

Workshop program

The Dialogue, which was part of a series of Policy Dialogues on various sustainable development topics organized by ESCAP, had 5 thematic sessions:

Opening Remarks and Explanation of the Purpose of the Meeting
Genichiro TSUKADA, Director of Climate Change Adaptation Office, Ministry of the Environment Japan (MOEJ)
Session 1
Introduction for Session 1 - Introduction of the AP-PLAT Capacity Development Component
Osamu MIZUNO , Programme Director, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
Keynote Speech:
Compound and Cascading Risks: Reflections from Down Under
Akhilesh SURJAN, Associate Professor, Research & Theme Leader, Humanitarian, Emergency and Disaster Management Studies, Charles Darwin University
Presentation 1:
Scoping study on Compound, Cascading and Systemic Risk in the Asia-Pacific (AP-STAG)
Rajib SHAW, Professor, Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University
Presentation 2:
International Policy Developments in Response to Compound and Cascading Risks: A Focus on Systemic Risks in UNDRR
Jenty KIRSCH-WOOD, Head, Global Risk Management and Reporting, UNDRR
Session 2
Introduction of Session 2:
Akane MATSUO, Policy Researcher, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
Presentation 1:
Transboundary climate impacts on Europe: Early insights from CASCADES
Christopher REYER, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Research Department 2: Climate Resilience
Presentation 2:
Implementing the DRR-CCA Integration Through the Idea of Adaptive Governance
Indrajit PAL, Associate Professor and Chair, AIT School of Engineering and Technology
Presentation 3:
Weather and Climate Service with Cutting-Edge Technologies for Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction
Shoichi TATENO, Section leader, Public Private Partnership, Data Strategy & Corporate Development Initiative, Sustainability Committee, Weathernews Inc.
Presentation 4:
Global Outreach of Entertaining Disaster Prevention Education from Japan
Hirokazu NAGATA, Chief Director, +arts (NPO)
Breakout Sessions
We divide the audience into three breakout groups to discuss the following topics:
• Their experience and views on compound and cascading disaster risks
• How to use this e-learning material
• What kinds of capacity development tools are needed in the future on AP-PLAT
Moderators for each break out sessions are:
Naoyuki OKANO, Policy Researcher, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
Report from Breakout Sessions
Commentator: Christopher REYER - Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
Akane MATSUO, Moderator
Closing Remarks
Yasuo TAKAHASHI, Executive Director, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)

(Posted : 26/JAN/2022)