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 4: Progress on investing in DRR for resilience in Asia (Sendai priority 3)
16:00 pm -17:20 pm, April 17, 2018
Chaired by: Prof. Fumiko KASUGA, FE, ICSU,
Prof. Fumiko KASUGA is Global Hub Director – Japan, Future Earth Secretariat; Senior Fellow, National Institute for Environmental Studies; Visiting Professor, Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S), The University of Tokyo .Fumiko Kasuga graduated from and received Ph.D. from The University of Tokyo. She has been working as a government researcher in the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) of Japan in the field of food safety, in particular, on microbiological risk assessment and epidemiology of foodborne diseases. She was Director at the National Institute of Health Sciences (2012-2016). Internationally she has been working in Joint FAO/WHO Expert Meeting on Microbiological Risk Assessment (JEMRA), WHO Foodborne Disease Burden Epidemiology Reference Group (FERG) and the International Commission on Microbiological Specifications for Foods (ICMSF), and in Japan for MHLW and the Food Safety Commission for food safety risk analysis. 
At national academy, she served as Vice-President of Science Council of Japan in charge of international activities (2011-2014). She is a member of International Council for Science (ICSU)’s Committee on Scientific Planning and Review (CSPR) since 2012. 
Since 2013, she has been involved in establishing globally-distributed Secretariat of Future Earth, an international research programme for global sustainability, and is Global Hub Director – Japan since May, 2015. Through activities of Future Earth, she has been involved in several processes related to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by United Nations and those by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.

Co-Chaired by Prof. Bojie FU, Beijing Normal University, China,
Dr. Bojie Fu’s major research interests are Landscape pattern and ecological processes, Land use change and environmental effects, Ecosystem services and assessment. Dr. Fu is an executive board member of International Association for Ecology (INTECOL), and Vice President of International Association of Landscape Ecology, Vice Chairman of SCOPE China, Vice Chairman of Scientific Committee of Chinese Ecosystem Research Network (CERN) and Vice President of the Chinese Society of Geography, Dean of the Faculty of Geographical Science, Beijing Normal University. He was invited as editorial board member of international journals of ‘Landscape Ecology”, “Soil Use Management”, “Landscape and Urban Planning” and “Sustainability Science”. He has published more than 290 scientific papers and 7 books, about 90 papers published in the international journals.
1. Dr. Jana SILLMANN, Cicero, Norway, WCRP and IRDR,
2. Prof. Takako IZUMI, Tohoku University, Japan, <>
3. Prof. Gensuo JIA, Institute of Atmospheric Physics, CAS, <>
4. Prof. Xiaotao CHEN, Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research, China <>
5. Prof. Min LIU, East China Normal University, China,
6. Prof. Hirokazu TATANO, Kyoto Univ. Japan,
Priority 3 of Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction states that the public and private investment in disaster risk prevention and reduction are essential to enhance resilience of people, communities, countries and that of the environment. It is also indicated that such investment can be drivers of innovation, growth and job creation. Various kinds of recommendations are listed in Sendai Framework from local to global levels in order to achieve investment measures to be cost-effective and instrumental to save lives, prevent and reduce losses. In most countries including those in Asia, however, proactive investment in disaster risk reduction is still not in common practice, and is not based on proper risk assessment, either. Investment planning should become an integral part of national DRR strategies, and the science and technology community should support every possible step and level of the efforts. 
At the Global Forum on Science and Technology for Disaster Resilience 2017 (Resilience Forum 2017) in Tokyo in November, 2017, Tokyo Statement declared that the international scientific community should develop and implement tailor-made methods to assess disaster risks and share them with stakeholders including private sectors to encourage investment in disaster risk reduction for resilience. The Resilience Forum 2017 also considered diverse type of hazards and recent increases in hazard, exposure and vulnerability in many countries. They emphasized urgent needs for compiling relevant scientific knowledge and information and share them with local citizens with their own language for various uses.
In this Session, we expect panelists to share their experiences from different communities and views in contributing to enhancing and supporting investment in DRR. We also encourage participants to actively discuss with their diverse background and culture and find the approaches to enhance investment in Disaster Risk Reduction for resilience.