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Japan - Taiwan Joint Symposium on Disaster Education and Risk Communication for Climate Change Adaptation

Date: October 13 - 16, 2010
- Kobe International Conference Center (October 13 - 14)
- Shiran Kaikan, Kyoto University (October 15 - 16)

Co-organized by:
- Kyoto University Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies
- National Yunlin University of Science and Technology
- Interchange Association, Japan
- National Science Council, Taiwan
- Taipei Economic & Cultural Representative Office in Japan
- Kyoto University Global COE Program "Global Center for Education and Research on Human Security Engineering for Asian Megacities"
- Kyoto University Global COE Program "Sustainability / Survivability Science for a Resilient Society Adaptable to Extreme Weather Conditions"

Number of attendants: more than 45

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The relationship between human and environment is most pronounced in areas of human dependence on access to natural resources. Environmental resources are a critical part of the livelihoods of many people. Disaster risk management has its direct connotation to human environment and human security. Many of the natural disasters like typhoon, flood and drought are found to be directly related to the environmental degradation. These disaster events affect the poor people the most by affecting their lives, properties and livelihoods, and also affect the natural and built environment. Therefore, by creating disaster resilient communities, it is possible to enhance environmental protection. Taiwan and Japan have significant similarities in terms of geo-morphological characteristics, rainfall patterns, and occurrences of typhoons. Although the socio-economic condition and administrative structures might differ, there are strong need and possibilities of mutual learning from developing effective risk communication strategy.


This symposium focused on the climate change adaptation (CCA) and disaster risk reduction (DRR) approaches in Taiwan and Japan, and focused on the future opportunities of inter-linkages of CCA and DRR. This symposium output is the followings:

  1. Sharing of experiences and learning about disaster risk reduction
  2. Recommendations on disaster management to policy makers
  3. Discussion on risk communication strategy
  4. Publication on mountain disaster and risk communication