Masterclass on Network-enabled Collaboration on Flood Mitigation and Water Security
|date and Time :||January 23, 2014 (Thursday) - 08.30 - 18.00|
|Chair :||Shahbaz Khan (UNESCO)|
|Members :||George McLaughlin (APAN rep for CONNECT-Asia)
Chris Elvidge (APAN coordinator with APAN EM, RS and AG WGs)
Piska Aprila (UNESCO)
Keiko Okawa (SOI)
Basuki Suhardiman (ITB)
Sixty percent of the World’s populations live in the Asia Pacific Region with its diverse climate characteristics. Hydrological extremes and global changes increase the uncertainty associated with extreme events, causing devastating flood and drought events with severe impacts on people lives. Annual loses on floods are costly for any government to bear and on the other hand people are suffering water shortages and droughts that aggravate their food security. Asia Pacific is also one of the most vulnerable regions to climate change and impacts are likely to become more intense in the future. Rising temperatures and extreme weather events have contributed to loss of crop yield in many countries. The impacts of these extreme events have to be managed more strategically. Countries in the Asia-Pacific region must find ways to develop economically and lift millions out of poverty while simultaneously responding to climate change and environmental concerns.
Application of advanced methods in hydrology, including the use of sensors and satellites, new predictive techniques using massive amounts of near real-time data and reliable ICT networks with the ability to disseminate results quickly and widely are making significant enhancements in better understanding and managing the negative impacts of extreme events. However, collaborative actions to ensure better access to, and the equitable sharing of, this scientific information and knowledge need to be developed strategically, particularly through the use of ICTs. This will enable countries in different development stages to better manage their extreme events and at the same time contribute to co-produce the capability to monitor and address global change challenges and mitigate their impacts.
Recognizing the key role of promoting open access to, and sharing scientific knowledge in a socially inclusive way, within the framework of UNESCO International Hydrological Programme, UNESCO Office Jakarta in collaboration with Asia Pacific Advanced Network (APAN) through the CONNECT Asia network is organizing a MasterClass on "Network-enabled Collaboration on Water Related Disasters and Water Security" as part of the 37th APAN Meeting which will be held in Bandung, Indonesia from 20 to 24 January 2014. This 1-day MasterClass is an initial endeavour to promote collaborative actions through ICT networks in introducing the use of advanced methods in flood management and water security to water scientists, network engineers, policy makers and students in the region.
|Target Audience :||Scientists, Network Engineers, Students and Policy Makers who have an interest or involvement in flood mitigation, water security and the development relevant strategies|
|Expected Number of Participants :||It is anticipated that in total there will be up to 300 participants, with between 20 and 30 present at the venue and the remainder participating remotely through interactive video interaction and web-based streaming through CONNECT-Asia.|
|Video Conferencing :||YES - SOI will also be involved|
|Seating Arrangement :||TBA|
|Remarks :||The Masterclass will cater for both in-person and remote participants. APAN NRENs may wish to make remote participation available to their communities|
Bandung has several recreational areas. Among them are tea plantations, both to the north and the south of the city, the scenery of which is indeed beautiful.
There are some hotel options near the venue of APAN37 for staying during the event.
Foreigners are required to have a valid visa to enter to Indonesia. There are few exemption for foreigners that do not need visa to enter Indonesia.