November 26-28, 2017
The World Bosai Forum (WBF) Sendai Japan is held simultaneously with the International Disaster and Risk Conference (IDRC) of Davos which has been previously held annually. Bosai is a word from Japan whose meaning includes disaster risk reduction. Chairman of the World Bosai Forum committee is Prof. Dr. Fumihiko Imamura, Director of the International Research Institute of Disaster Science, Tohoku University. The involvement of LIPI in attending WBF is supported by Prof. Imamura from Tohoku University, in the form of accommodation and transportation. Because of that support, LIPI was able to follow the program and gain knowledge facilitated by WBF. LIPI attended a number of interesting and up-to-date sessions from the science and technology side of disaster, including:
- Bridging the Information and Knowledge Gap (sponsored by UNESCAP)
- Multi-sector Initiative for Research, Action, and Impact (MIRAI), co-designing social innovation in addressing disaster risks through research action networks (sponsored by Japan CSO Coalition for DRR/JCC DRR)
- Strengthening Contributions to the International Community Through Multi-disciplinary disaster science research (sponsored by Association of Pacific Rim Universities or APRU, and Tohoku University),
- Roles of Media in Disaster Risk Reduction – Cultivation through the Media in Normal Times (sponsored by KahokuShimpo Publishing Co.).
- The platform on Water and Disaster – ICT: Economy, Community, and Dynamics (sponsored by International Center to Water Hazard and Risk Management/ICHARM), dan Public Works Research Institute.
In the discussions among the sessions, LIPI participated in conveying questions or statements. Among the questions submitted are:
- How can scientific information (eg, weather forecasts) be accessible to the public, farmers, fishermen and school students, and who is in charge of handling the task?
- How is the approach taken to address the root causes of disaster risks which is poverty can be included in the risk assessment approach and post-disaster rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts?
- In the presentation of Prof. David Alexander (University College London), it was presented that there is a need for a better understanding of ‘complexity science’ in understanding the complex interactions and root causes of disasters, in an era where human civilization is facing a dangerous ‘post-truth world’. It was also disclosed how the British government in some cases refused to publicly publish accessible reports or alter the scientific reports. LIPI asked how developing countries that are still struggling in building their interdisciplinary skills can also master ‘complexity science’.