Important Dates
  • 17-18 April, 2018

    Conference Date
  • 27 March, 2018

    Invitation Notification Deadline
  • 20 March, 2018

    Confirmation Deadline
  • 20 March, 2018

    Registration Deadline
Session 2: Progress on understanding risk in Asia (Sendai Priority 1)
11:15 am -12:35 pm, April 17, 2018

Chaired by Prof. Qunli HAN, IRDR, ICSU,
Mr Qunli Han is currently the Executive Director of IRDR-IPO. He entered IRDR programme in late September 2017 after 27 years of service in UNESCO. He joined UNESCO in 1990 as a science officer and worked in Paris for 9 years, and then served in the Asia-Pacific Science Bureau in Jakarta for 9.5 years as a senior programme specialist. His work was mainly related to application of environmental sciences in Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme and natural World Heritage. In 2007, he became Director of UNESCO Tehran Cluster Office and served also as UNESCO Representative to Iran and Turkmenistan. Returned to Paris in 2011, he was assigned to lead the Executive Office of the Natural Sciences Sector of UNESCO. In June 2013, he became the Director of the Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences, and the Secretary of the MAB. Through these positions, he was engaged personally in DRR related projects of UNESCO and UN post-disaster response in a number of countries, and participated in the Sendai Conference in 2015. Mr Han Qunli graduated from the University of Science and Technology of China in 1980 (USTC) in computer sciences and did his fellowship study in environmental information systems in 1985-1986 in Italy. He was a research staff in the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in Beijing during 1980 – 1988, and deputy director of the Division of Terrestrial Resources Information Systems in CAS’s Commission for Integrated Survey of Natural Resources during 1987-1989.
Co-Chaired by Prof. Peng CUI, IMHE-CAS, China,
Prof. Peng Cui is Professor in geography, CAS Academician, member of scientific committee of IRDR, chair of the academic committee of Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment, CAS. His research interests involve Natural Disasters (debris flow and landslide), erosion and sediment yield, fluvial geomorphology. He has taken charge of more than 20 national and international cooperation projects, including State Key Fundamental Research Program (973) and key project of SNFC. At present, he is a leading scientist for the key projects of Disaster Risk Reduction in One Bent One Road Area, and Eco-Hydrological Process and Disaster Mutual Feeding Mechanism and Disaster Risk Management. Cui has been engaged geo-hazards for long time and obtained acknowledged achievements in debris-flow mechanism and risk management technology. He has published more than 300 papers and got 19 patents of disaster mitigation technology and authored 4 monographs plus one atlas. He won the second-class award of the national science and technology progress (2009) and 5 first class awards at the provincial level (2003, 2006, 2010, 2012, 2013). He also founded the Journal of Mountain Science in 2004 and made it an influential international journal in the field as the chief editor. For his systemic achievements, he won “The Distinguished Researcher Award” of WASWAC in 2010. His team of debris flow research was awarded “Outstanding contribution team” by CAS in 2016.
1. Prof. Shuaib LWASA, CAES, Uganda, <>
2. Prof. Emily CHAN, HKCU, Hongkong, China, <>
3. Prof. Bapon FAKHRUDDIN, EWACC, Bangladesh,
4. Prof. Wei SHAN, NFU, China,
5. Prof. Haruo HAYASHI, KU-DRPI, Japan, < >
6. Prof. Gretchen KALONJI, SU, China,
Concept Note:
Priority 1 Understanding Disaster Risk of SFDRR emphasized that science and technology should play a leading role on providing sound knowledge and evidence for policies and practices for disaster risk management. To achieve this, physical mechanism of hazards and knowledge of disaster, the dissemination of knowledge, science-based methodologies and information on best practices, technologies and lessons learnt need to be enhanced at national and regional levels in particular. This should be accompanied by scientific and technical capacity building and systematic improvement of education at national and local levels.
In 2016 at the 1st Asian Science and Technology Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction, 12 recommended actions were put forward toward the implementation of SFDRR. The actions focus on the assessment, mapping and communication of disaster risk, the scientific technology capacity building and the regional collaboration in the actions of Priority 1. Two years after, here at this Conference session, the following topics will be further discussed in connection to the 2016 recommendations:
Understanding disaster: natural process and human response;
Regional actions on disaster risk reduction - Belt and Road Initiative;
Science and technology roadmap and required global actions; 
Disaster loss data and the standards;
Education and capacity building at university level;
Understand disaster risk and actions at ethnic minority communities
Disaster effects of climate change in alpine region in Asia
The goal of this session is to advance the understanding of disaster risk in the context of development in Asian countries, share good practice in application of science and technology on understanding disaster risk and identify potential regional collaboration for SFDRR implementation and related reporting.