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

Manila, the Philippines, 13-16 November 2017



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.



Supported 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.




Approximately 100 water professionals, experts, practitioners, policymakers, and researchers from countries across the region took part in the event.


The 25th IHP Regional Steering South East Asia Pacific Meeting (13 November 2017)

Time Agenda item Resource Person/PIC
08.30-09.00 Registration
09.00-09.10 Welcome Remarks

Guillermo Tabios, RSC Chairperson & Organizer

Philippines National Commission for UNESCO

09.10-09.25 Opening Remarks

Yasuto Tachikawa, Secretary IHP-RSC SEAP

Hans Dencker Thulstrup, UNESCO

09.25-09.30 Adoption of the Agenda Guillermo Tabios, Chairperson
09:30-10:00 Group Photo & Coffee break
10.00-10.15 Secretariat report RSC SEAP Secretariat [download]
10.15-10:30 Report of IGC Bureau Yasuto Tachikawa, IGC Vice-Chair [download]
10.30-12.00 Country Reports (5min/country)

IHP delegates:

[Australia] [China] [Fiji] [India] [Indonesia] [Japan] [Malaysia] [Mongolia] [Myanmar] [New Zealand] [Pakistan] [Philippines] [RO Korea] [Thailand] [Vietnam]

12.00-13.30 Lunch break
13.30-13.45 Updates from the centres under the auspices of UNESCO in the Asia Pacific Region

UNESCO Category 2 Water Centres:


13.45-14.00 27th IHP Training Course Yasuto Tachikawa
14.00-14.45 Updates on Catalogue of Hydrologic Analysis modules (followed by discussion) Kenichiro Kobayashi, Takahiro Sayama, Yasuto Tachikawa [download]
14.45-15.15 Discussion on possible RSC Statutes and membership RSC Secretariat
15.15-15.30 Coffee break
15:30-15.35 Presentation by the foreseen host for the 26th RSC meeting and associated conference China delegate RSC Secretariat
15.35-15.40 Potential host for the 27th RSC meeting and associated conference IHP delegates, RSC SEAP Secretariat
15.40-16.00 Election of RSC Chair IHP delegates
16:00-16.15 Any other issues IHP delegates
16.15-16.30 Adoption of Resolutions IHP delegates
16.30-16.45 Closing of the Meeting Guillermo Tabios, RSC Chairperson


UNESCO-JASTIP Joint Symposium on Intra-Regional Water Security and Disaster Management (15-16 November 2017)

15 November 2017

 8:00 – 8:30 am Registration


8:30 – 10:20


Opening Ceremony
National Anthem ANIMA Choir
Welcome Addresses

Dr. Guillermo Tabios III

Chairperson, UNESCO-IHP RSC, Chair, Local Organizing Committee, UNESCO-JASTIP Joint Symposiu

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 ANIMA Choir
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 [download]
Siti Hafsah Zulkarnain, Muhamad Ali Muhammad Yuzir, Muhammad Najib Razali Development of Floods Economic Valuation Model for Residential Properties [download]
6:30 pm Dinner with cultural show


16 November 2017

9:00 – 9:15 am 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 pm Message from a representative of the next host country China
Closing Remarks UNESCO-JASTIP Joint Symposium Committee



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.

Download the RSC Report

Download the Symposium Proceeding