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The 4th Japan - China Joint Seminar on Sustainable Management of Cities and Regions under Disaster and Environmental Risks

Date: December 20 - 21, 2008
Venue: Clock Tower, Yoshida Campus, Kyoto University

Organized by:
- Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University
- Institute of Policy and Management, Chinese Academy of Sciences
- Kyoto University Global COE program "Global Center for Education and Research on Human Security Engineering for Asian Megacities"

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Achieving sustainable and risk-resilient societies against unexpected events such as natural hazards, technological accidents, environmental risks, man-made hazards and pandemic diseases is becoming growing concerns in the world. Ongoing economic developments in many parts of the East Asia region cause the rapid concentration of both population and economic assets on urban areas, which make a global society becomes more vulnerable against the above-mentioned unexpected events. With a view to addressing the above issues, the Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), of Kyoto University and the Institute of Policy and Management, Chinese Academy of Sciences have been taking collaborative initiatives to hold annual scientific meetings and repeatedly exchanged academic knowledge and methodologies between Japan and China. The first seminar was held on May 24-26, 2005 in Beijing, China, the second on July 7-8, 2006 in Uji, Japan, and the third on Aug. 30- Sep. 2, 2007 in Jiangsu, China. In this year, the DPRI takes the role to organize the forth seminar in Kyoto, Japan, from Dec. 20-21, 2008. This meeting is cosponsored by Kyoto University’s Global Center for Education and Research on “Global Center for Education and Research on Human Security Engineering for Asian Megacities, which is just to synchronize the timing of this year’s Japan-China seminar.

This seminar intends to exchange academic knowledge and methodologies for reducing disaster and environmental risks as well as for achieving sustainable management of cities and regions. For this purpose, the conference agenda are composed of wide areas of themes and issues, i.e.,
- Methodologies for disaster and environmental risk analysis and management,
- Methodologies for modeling and analysis of social vulnerability, including social capital, human capital and production capital,
- Policy analysis of disaster and environmental risk management,
- Methodologies for community-based disaster/environmental risk management,
- Methodologies for managing critical infrastructures against disaster and environmental risks,
- Infrastructure planning and management for sustainable management of cities and regions,
- Methodologies for flood risk management.

The Organizer hopes that this modest-scale seminar will provide a productive and active exchange of ideas and thoughts between the two countries.