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Regional Cluster Meeting on Straits of Malacca & Singapore as a Global Maritime Critical Infrastructure

Date: April 30 and May 1, 2010
Venue: Centre for Maritime Studies, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Organized by:
- International Risk Governance Council (IRGC)
- Disaster Prevention Research Institute Kyoto University
- GCOE Kyoto University - CMS National University of Singapore Transport Logistics Joint Research Centre

Co-organized by:
Kyoto University Global COE Program "Global Center for Education and Research on Human Security Engineering for Asian Megacities"

Number of attendants: 25

Report 098


The Regional Cluster Meeting on "Straits of Malacca & Singapore as a Global Maritime Critical Infrastructure" was held at the Centre for Maritime Studies, National University of Singapore on 30th April and 1st May 2010. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the policy and potential impacts on the Global Critical Infrastructure. The straits of Malacca and Singapore were the point of discussion and stakeholders from Singapore and Indonesia presented recent situations concerning the straits. In order to manage risks of Global Critical Infrastructures, some methodologies and approaches were discussed.


In the meeting, references were taken from the Icelandic volcanic disasters and the realistic threats on Global Critical Infrastructures from natural hazards were reiterated. In this meeting, stakeholders of the straits, researchers and government officials from Indonesia and Singapore participated and reported on the current conditions of the straits of Malacca and Singapore. Participants had a lively exchange of ideas and information sharing about the trends and issues occurring along the straits. The researchers from other participating countries proposed methodologies and approaches for extreme hazards. There were also presentations about impacts on and countermeasures against extreme hazards to Global Maritime Critical Infrastructures.
The post-workshop task force meeting was held on the second day of the Regional Cluster Meeting. Participants discussed on the future direction of research topics and how researchers should engage stakeholders in a policy dialogue. The workshop concluded with the emphasis on the necessity and importance of scenario analysis and involvement in some policy dialogues.