The 25th IHP Regional Steering Committee Meeting for Southeast Asia and the Pacific

in conjunction with

UNESCO-JASTIP Joint Symposium on Intra-Regional Water Security and Disaster Management

Manila, the Philippines, 13-16 November 2017

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Download the Symposium Proceeding


Faced with numerous water security challenges over the past decades, Asia and the Pacific has consistently engaged actively with UNESCO’s water science programmes, beginning with the International Hydrology Decade (1965-1974) and continuing through International Hydrological Programmes (IHP) from 1975 to the present day. The active engagement in these programmes by the region’s water science community has enabled it to make a significant contribution towards the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals today.

This commitment to the active implementation of IHP programmes in Asia and the Pacific led to the establishment of the Regional Steering Committee for Southeast Asia and the Pacific (RSC-SEAP) in 1993. Over a quarter century, this body has contributed vastly to the development and implementation of UNESCO’s water programmes in the region. Its meetings have served as a unique and crucial information-sharing platform, and have helped direct UNESCO’s regional water programmes towards solving key issues relating to water scarcity, water-related disasters and water education.

RSC MeetingSupported by its Secretariat based at the UNESCO Office Jakarta and with contributions from its participating member states, the RSC has coordinated and implemented a wide range of initiatives, including research studies, technical projects, workshops, training courses and annual symposia, bringing together many specialists involved in water-related activities.

Within the framework of UNESCO IHP-VIII Strategic Plan (2014-2021) on “Water Security: Responses to Local and Global Challenges, UNESCO Office Jakarta in collaboration with local partners organized the 2017’s RSC meeting in Manila, the Philippines. The event marked the 25th anniversary of the RSC-SEAP. Following an established tradition of associating meetings of the RSC with academic exchanges and events, the 25th RSC-SEAP meeting was organized in conjunction with UNESCO-JASTIP (Japan-ASEAN Science, Technology and Innovation Platform) Joint Symposium on Intra-Regional Water Security and Disaster Management.


The main objective of the RSC meeting was to report, evaluate, and review activities carried out within the framework of IHP in different countries of the region. The UNESCO-JASTIP Symposium featured a range of exciting scientific lectures and discussions as well as networking opportunities with experts, researchers and practitioners from the UNESCO-IHP and JASTIP networks. Scheduled in between these two events, a one-day field visit to Laguna Lake near Manila provided an opportunity to review and discuss local water management practices, including a visit to a hydropower facility.Symposium

Date and Venue

The series of linked events took place from 13 to 16 November 2017 at Seda Vertis North Hotel in Quezon City in the Philippines.


Newsflash and photo gallery of the event could be found here.

Participant and Agenda

Approximately 100 water professionals, experts, practitioners, policymakers, and researchers from countries across the region took part in the event. The detailed agenda is presented below.

13 November 2017:  The 25th IHP-Regional Steering Committee South East Asia Pacific Meeting

Agenda item
Resource Person/PIC
Welcome Remarks
  • Guillermo Tabios, RSC Chairperson & Organizer
  • Philippines National Commission for UNESCO
Opening Remarks
  • Yasuto Tachikawa, Secretary IHP-RSC SEAP
  • Hans Dencker Thulstrup, UNESCO
Adoption of the Agenda
Guillermo Tabios, Chairperson
Group Photo & Coffee break
Secretariat report
RSC SEAP Secretariat [download]
Report of IGC Bureau
Yasuto Tachikawa, IGC Vice-Chair [download]
Country Reports (5min/country)
IHP delegates: [Australia] [China] [Fiji] [India] [Indonesia] [Japan] [Malaysia] [Mongolia] [Myanmar] [New Zealand] [Pakistan] [Philippines] [RO Korea] [Thailand] [Vietnam]
Lunch break
Updates from the centres under the auspices of UNESCO in the Asia Pacific Region
UNESCO Category 2 Water Centres: [APCE] [HTCKL] [ICWRGC] [ICHARM]
27th IHP Training Course
Yasuto Tachikawa
Updates on Catalogue of Hydrologic Analysis modules (followed by discussion)
Kenichiro Kobayashi, Takahiro Sayama, Yasuto Tachikawa [download]
Discussion on possible RSC Statutes and membership
RSC Secretariat
Coffee break
Presentation by the foreseen host for the 26th RSC meeting and associated conference
China delegateRSC Secretariat
Potential host for the 27th RSC meeting and associated conference
IHP delegates, RSC SEAP Secretariat
Election of RSC Chair
IHP delegates
Any other issues
IHP delegates
Adoption of Resolutions
IHP delegates
Closing of the Meeting
Guillermo Tabios, RSC Chairperson


15 November 2017: UNESCO-JASTIP Joint Symposium on Intra-Regional Water Security and Disaster Management

 8:00 – 8:30 am
8:30 – 10:20
Opening Ceremony
National Anthem
Welcome Addresses
Dr. Guillermo Tabios III
Chairperson, UNESCO-IHP RSC, Chair, Local Organizing Committee, UNESCO-JASTIP Joint Symposium
Prof. Kaoru Takara
Coordinator JASTIP-WP4 Symposium, Former Chairperson UNESCO-IHP RSC
Dr. Hans Dencker Thulstrup
Senior Program Specialist, Water and Environmental Sciences UNESCO Office – Jakarta
Prof. Yoshinori Honkura
Professor Emeritus of the Tokyo Institute of Technology), representative of Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST).
Special Commemorative Addresses on the Occasion of the 25th Anniversary of IHP Regional Steering Committee Meeting for South East Asia and the Pacific
Prof. Kuniyoshi Takeuchi 
Professor Emeritus, Yamanashi University INCLUDING MESSAGE of Prof Yutaka Takahashi
(Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo) [download]
Prof. Soontak Lee 
Distinguished Professor, Yeungnam University,
Daegu, Republic of Korea [download]
Musical Number
Opening of Joint Symposium
Lila Ramos Shahani
Secretary General, Philippine National Commission for UNESCO
10:20 – 10:30
Group Photo & coffee Break
All Participants and Guests
10:30 – 12:30
1st Technical Session: River basin management and water governance
Prof. Hidayat Pawitan and Dr. Eugene Herrera
Ian White, Jicai Zeng, Jinzhong Yang, Jian Yu, Xin Ma
Challenges to Water Security: Hetao Irrigation District, Yellow River Inner Mongolia [download]
Dennis Jamieson
Implementing change:  low-cost, high impact approaches to meet water quality targets identified through an IWRM process [download]
Vikas Chandra Goyal
IWRM at Watershed Scale Helps District Government for Water Security [download]
Eva Mia Siska, Takahiro Sayama, Kaoru Takara
Understanding potential conflicts among sectors due spatial and seasonal water use and availability in Bali, Indonesia [download]
Shahbaz Khan, Ai Sugiura, Asma Younas, Umair Rabbani, Raza Shah
Multilevel stakeholders’ engagement for strategic strengthening of flood warning and management capacity in Pakistan [download]
Karlina, Takahiro Sayama, Kaoru Takara
ENSO impact to the hydrological drought in Lombok Island, Indonesia [download]
Maria Cristina V. David, Guillermo Q. Tabios III
Optimization of the net revenue of rice production in Pampanga [download]
Ulrich Looser
Facilitator Between Data Providers And Data Users [download]
12:30 – 1:30 pm
Lunch Break
1:30 –  3:45
Inclusive of coffee break
2nd Technical Session: SD6 and Ecohydrology
Prof. Ian White and Dr. Hans Thulstrup
Gregorio l. Ortiz III, Jhoanna Rhodette I, Pedrasa
Distributed Data Validation and Reconstruction for Water Distribution Monitoring Systems [download]
Amie Lou G. Cisneros
Environmental Flow Assessment of Manolo Fortich Hydro – Electric Power System [download]
Ma. Brida lea d. Diola, Beatrice M. Buenvenida, Mark Anthony J. Labid, Imee Bren O. Villalba
Analysis of Pollutant Uptake and Runoff Storage of Bioswale with Potential Vegetation [download]
Maria Yustiningsih, Ludgardis Ledheng, Vinsensia Sila, Finsensius Oetpah, Ignasius Sutapa
Ecohydrology Blended Curriculum for Water Security: Case Study of Perceptual Changes  in Middle School Level  in North Central Timor District [download]
Ignasius D.A. Sutapa, Eni Maftuah, Astried Sunaryani, Hidayat Pawitan
Ecohydrology Approach as New Way to Support Agriculture and Water Resources Management in Peatland Area – Central Kalimantan [download]
Eugene C. Herrera
Hydrodynamic Investigation of Laguna Lake, the Philippines for Water Security and Flood Risk Management of Metro Manila [download]
Roel Espiritu
Maynilad Resiliency Initiatives [download]
Yolanda B. Gomez
Building Climate-Resilient Water Utilities for Water Security [download]
Muhammad Ashraf
Drinking Water Security in Pakistan: Issues and Options [download]
3:45 –  5:30
3rd Technical Session: Disaster Preparedness, Recovery and Governance
Prof. Yasuto Tachikawa and Prof. Wang Jun
Tetsuya IKEDA
International Flood Initiative ‒ Recent Progress in Asian countries [download]
Yoshiyuki Imamura, Syota Sasaki
Assessing flood risks globally using an improved country-based index [download]
Kensuke Otsuyama and Norio Maki
Adaptive Strategies for Community Recovery and Identification of Pre-Disaster Activities: A Case Study of Villages in Hinthada, Ayeyarwady Region, Myanmar [download]
Hisayuki Kubota, Yukihiro Takahashi, Mitsuteru Sato, Kozo Yamashita, Jun-Ichi Hamada
Development of Extreme Weather Monitoring and Information Sharing System in Metro Manila [download]  
Ezra d. Osorio, Frederick Jaysol M. Tandoc, Maria Antonia N. Tanchuling, Ma. Brida Lea D. Diola
Assessment of Disaster Waste Management in NCR
Siti Hafsah Zulkarnain, Muhamad Ali Muhammad Yuzir, Muhammad Najib Razali
Development of Floods Economic Valuation Model for Residential Properties [download]
Dinner with cultural show


16 November 2017: UNESCO-JASTIP Joint Symposium on Intra-Regional Water Security and Disaster Management

9:00 – 9:15
Recap of Day 1 Proceedings and Opening of Day 2
Dr. Ai Sugiura
Programme Specialist UNESCO Office – Jakarta
9:15 – 10:15
4th Technical Session: Flood
Prof. Kaoru Takara and Asst. Prof. Richmark Macuha
Wang Jun
Flood Control and Channel Development in The Middle and Lower Yangtze River [download]
Guillermo Q. Tabios III
Alternative Flood Mitigation Plans For Cagayan De Oro River [download]
Kenichiro Kobayashi
Mekong River Inundation Simulation Using K-Super Computer [download]
Takahiro Sayama, Apip, Luki Subehi, Kodai Yamamoto, Kaoru Takara
Rainfall Runoff-Inundation Simulation for Basin-wide Flood Hazard Mapping at the Batanghari River in Sumatra, Indonesia [download]
10:15 -10:30
Coffee Break
10:30 – 11:30
5th Technical Session: Climate change and resilience
Dr. Roberto Soriano and Dr. Natt Leelawat
Sohaib Baig, Takahiro Sayama, Kaoru Takara
Impact of Climate Change on Stream Flows in Hunza River Basin [download]
Yasuto Tachikawa, Patinya Hanittinan, Kazuaki Yorozu, Yutaka Ichikawa
Future Change Analysis of Extreme Floods at The Indochinese Peninsula Using Large Ensemble Climate Simulation Data [download]
Teuku Faisal Fathani
Strengthening the resilience by reducing risk from sediment-related disasters [download]
Trung La, Mai Nguyen, Sameh Kantoush, Tetsuya Sumi, Binh Doan
Evaluation on the Impacts of Hydropower Development on Salinity Intrusion Into Vietnamese Mekong Delta [download]
11:30 – 1:00 pm
6th Technical Session: Earthquakes, geological and coastal hazards
Prof. Tabios and Dr. Kenichiro Kobayashi
Saima Riaz, Kaoru Takara, Kyoji Sassa
An Integrated Model Simulating the Initiation and Motion of Earthquake and Rain Induced Landslide in Pakistan [download]
Lindung Zalbuin Mase, Suched Likitlersuang, Tetsuo Tobita
A Study of Liquefaction Potential in Chiang Rai Province, Northern Thailand [download]
Khamarrul Azahari Razak
Geohazard Risk Assessment in a Tectonically Active Region in Malaysia [download]
Natt Leelawat, Anawat Suppasri, Mongkonkorn Srivichai,  Titaya Sararit, Jing Tang, Panon Latcharote,  Wisaruta Veerasai, Thaworn Charoendee, Fumihiko Imamura
Looking Through Disaster Management of Thailand: a Focus on Earthquake and Tsunami [download]
Ronaldyn E. Dabu
Investigation of Tide Data Processing and Utilization by Namria – Application to Astronomic Tide Synthesis of South Harbor Port of Manila [download]
1:00 – 2:00 pm
Lunch Break
2:00 – 3:30
6th Technical Session: Earthquakes, geologic and coastal hazards (continued)
Prof. Tabios and Dr. Kenichiro Kobayashi
Eric C. Cruz, Jeane B. Camelo, Laurenz Luigi B. Cruz
Disaster Mitigation Implications of Study of Manila Coastal Flooding due to Recent Typhoons [download]
Imee Bren O. Villalba, Eric C. Cruz
Storm Surge Simulation of Typhoon Haiyan (2013) and Typhoon Agnes (1984) In San Pedro Bay Using the Advanced Circulation (ADCIRC) Model [download]
Marjorie Turiano, Eric Cruz
Comparative Analysis of Parametric Cyclone Models for Surface Wind and Sea Level Pressure Modeling  for Storm Surge Simulations [download]
3:30 – 4:30
Inclusive of coffee break
7th Technical Session: Winds and Building Structures
Dr. Eric Cruz and Asst. Prof. Imee Villalba
Ryuichi Inoue, Kazuyoshi Nishijima
Modeling of wind flow around tree for CFD simulation: Preliminary investigation by wind tunnel experiment with tree model [download]
Richmark N. Macuha
Flood Vulnerability Assessment of Public School Buildings in Metro Manila, Philippines [download]
Norio Maki
Tools for Effective Response: Space Design for Emergency Operation [download]
4:30 – 4:45
Message from a representative of the next host country
Closing Remarks
UNESCO-JASTIP Joint Symposium Committee

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