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IFNet Newsletter Vol. 17
February 2004 / IFNet secretariat

1. The First South East Water Forum (Chang Mai / Thailand)
2. ESCAP/WMO Typhoon Committee (Beijing / China)
3. CEOS / TIGER Workshop (Rabat / Morocco)
4. Introduction of IFNet Activities at the Natural Disaster Science Symposium
(Osaka / Japan)
5. Numbers of IFNet Participants
6. IFNet Members Has Reached 230

1. The First South East Water Forum (Chang Mai / Thailand)

The first South East Asia Water Forum was held in Chiang Mai, Thailand from November 17th to 21st with more than 460 participants from across the world. IFNet coordinated the "Flood and Droughts" session on the 20th, which hosted many participants. The session facilitated active discussions and received positive feedback recognized widely. IFNet also promoted its activities through an exhibition booth. The forum was a big success. Due to aggressive efforts by IFNet and others, the importance of flood management through comprehensive basin management was included in the forum declaration. Here IFNet activities were recognized widely.

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2. ESCAP/WMO Typhoon Committee (Beijing / China)

The Typhoon Committee held and implementation plan for the hydrological component of the new regional cooperation program, which was held in Beijing, China. In this workshop, about 80 meteorology and disaster prevention experts from ESCAP and the typhoon committee, includes the 11 countries Japan, China, Korea, North-Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, Phillipines and U.S.A. The participants discussed flood hazard maps and landslide disaster prevention systems, which were led by Japan. Other projects in the Meteorology field were promoted as well by the typhoon committee. Mr. RYOSUKE KIKUCHI, IFNet secretariat director general, provided an overview of IFNet and its first project "GFAS". In the warp up session a strong call for participation in IFNet and GFAS by the typhoon committee was adopted, bringing the session to a successful close.

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3. CEOS / TIGER Workshop (Rabat / Morocco)

The CEOS TIGER Workshop was held in Rabat, Morocco from October 6th and 8th. IFNet explained its activities including GFAS, its first project, and received recognition for utilizing a satellite.

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4. Introduction of IFNet Activities at the Natural Disaster Science Symposium (Osaka / Japan)

The 40th Natural Disaster Science round symposium was held in Osaka, Japan from September 30th to October 1st 2003 with the main theme of thinking of the future of Disaster Prevention. "The Symposium shared the latest trends in disaster prevention and studies on disaster prevention. For a case study of disaster prevention, IFNet showed its activities as a new initiative on disaster prevention, which gained wide interest.

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5. 2nd International Conference Early Warning Symposium (Bonn / Germany)

2nd International Conference Early Warning Symposium was held by UN/ISDR in Bonn from October 16th to 18th with about 400 participants. Mr. RYOSUKE KIKUCHI, IFNet secretariat director general participated in the conference and provided an overview of IFNet and GFAS. In the conference, participants discussed the major points of expanding the variety of the Early Warning Systems field and its implementation in many parts of the world. Here, again, many participants expressed their interests in IFNet, and even some decided to join IFNet.

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6. IFNet Members Has Reached 230

The number of organizations and individuals registered for IFNet has reached 230. IFNet appreciates your active participation. In order to make IFNet a successful network, we would like to promote an information exchange for sharing experiences. For this purpose, we would appreciate your participation in the disaster prevention project.

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