Ryoji Takahashi

Ryoji Takahashi is the Project Manager of the Department of Urban and Regional Development, and Disaster Risk Reduction of Oriental Consultants Global in Japan. He has over 20 years of extensive national and international experience as an expert in the disaster risk reduction sector, and he has involved in more than 40 projects covering all disaster risk management cycle, such as formulation of National and Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plans, Standard Operation Procedures, Rehabilitation, and Reconstruction Plans with Build Back Better concept, and implementation of Risk Assessment, Damage and Loss Assessment in many developing countries such as Indonesia, Philippines, Nepal, Iran, and Turkey.

Takahashi participated and presented in many important international conferences such as the 5th and 6th Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in 2012 and 2014, 2nd and 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in 2005 and 2015. He recently came back from the World Bank after 2 years of duty.

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Presentation Summary

Seismic risk assessment developed and widely implemented in Japan is the powerful tool to understand the level of disaster that may experience at the specific region in the future that shows numerical damages for building, infrastructure, lifeline, human causalities, and economic loss in area-wise analysis (grid or administrative boundary) and become a trigger to implement DRR efforts by various stakeholders.

One of the remarkable examples is the projects implemented in Tehran, the capital city of Iran, and series of projects including risk assessment, comprehensive disaster risk reduction and management plan, and implementation of priority projects proposed in the plan were implemented by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

This presentation briefs what is seismic risk assessment, and explaining an example in Iran, and how the risk assessment is utilized by capital cities, and put efforts to mitigate estimated damages will be presented. Contents of the presentation will give the audience hints on how to promote decision-makers to move forward to put more DRR efforts into building resilient cities against disasters.