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Introducing Asia Pacific Alliance
for Disaster Management


APADM team meets with participants of the AHA Centre Executive Programme in Jakarta


AHA Center


From February 28 to March 3, Asia Pacific Alliance for Disaster Management (APADM) staff visited Jakarta, Indonesia and had an opportunity to meet with the participants of the Executive Programme of the ?ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on Disaster Management (AHA Centre). The programme has been implemented since January 2014 as part of the “Disaster Emergency Logistic System for ASEAN (DELSA)” supported by Japan ASEAN Integration Fund (JAIF).

For this year’s programme, 13 officers from the National Disaster Management Organization (NDMO) of 7 ASEAN Member States will attend the training for six months as ASEAN Leaders in disaster management. Three batches of trainees are expected to be sent to AHA Centre by 2015. The 13 officers the APADM team met make up the first batch of this year.? This training includes lectures on ASEAN’s regional mechanism and practices in disaster management, on-the-job training, hands-on training on logistics management and customs clearance, participation in relief activities and a study tour to Japan.

The Japan study tour will be coordinated by Japan National Platform representative Civic Force, and the APADM team discussed and agreed with AHA Centre on the timeframe and the schedule of this tour, which is planned for May 2014.? After the participants’ arrival in Tokyo, a workshop will be held with the stakeholders in disaster management in Japan who will share good practices from the experience of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami that struck on March 11, 2011.? They will go on a two-day field trip to the Tohoku (Northeast Japan) area, and get hands-on experience from local leaders who have been managing emergency and recovery programmes in the aftermath of the disasters.

Civic Force and APADM are looking forward to welcoming the young officers from ASEAN countries this May.