International Group for Wind-Related Disaster Risk Reduction

Founded by IAWE, UNISDR Secretariat, UNU, TPU Global COE, ADRC, SEEDS
Launched since June 2009
(Member List)
Why Wind-Related DRR?
  Wind-related disasters have had significant impacts on our society, especially in terms of the shocking number of deaths and injuries to people and the attendant property loss like Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar in 2008 and Cyclone Sidr in loss, Bangladesh in 2007. It has been reported that 80-85% of the natural disaster economic losses in the world are caused by extreme wind related events, and it is hypothesized that, global warming has the potential to further exacerbate this scenario through increase in the number and intensity of weather-related disasters. Devastating disasters, e.g., tropical cyclones, are generally accompanied by high waves, storm surge and floods. This has created a pressing need for pooling of expertise and for cooperative actions to reduce losses from various types of natural disasters.

Despite the recognition of the critical need for cooperative actions in Wind-Related Disaster Risk Reduction (WR DRR) activities among various professional organizations, there have been no notable collaborative efforts among the various groups. While wind-related organizations like the International Association for Wind Engineering (IAWE) have been effectively working to develop technologies, codes and standards for wind hazard mitigation, there have been a dearth of coordinated activities with other international groups like the UN and NGOs to bring these technologies to work for less fortunate communities in low lying areas, which are often struck by devastating wind storms like hurricanes/typhoons with attendant escalating loss of life and associated perils they bring to the region.

During CADRR (Cooperative Actions for Disaster Risk Reduction) held in Tokyo in March 2009, the participations of the representatives from IAWE, IAEE, UN-ISDR, ADRC, WMO, NOAA and others reached a consensus that there is a critical need to establish an International Group (IG) to work on Wind-Related DRR. The main task of this group would be to establish linkages and to coordinate various communities, e.g., IAWE, to serve as inter-agency coordinators with a charter to work with international organizations involving agencies of the UN and involved NGOs, and to empower them with the responsibility to serve as a bridge between policy makers and agencies responsible for actually carrying out the DRR at the local community level.

Lauch of WR-DRR in Geneva on June 2009
Yuichi Ono (Tohoku University, Japan)
Vice Chiarman:
Shuyang Cao (Tongji University, China)
  Kazuyoshi Nishijima (Kyoto University, Japan)
IAWE Secretariat
Honorary Chairman:
Yukio Tamura (Chongqing University, China) (Founding Chair)
IAWE (International Association for Wind Engineering)
  WMO (World Meteorological Organization)
  ICHARM (International Center for Water hazard and Risk management)
  UNESCAP (United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific)
  UNISDR (United Nations Secretariat of International Strategy for Disaster Reduction)
    ADRC (Asian Disaster Reduction Center)
  UN-Habitat (The United Nations Human Settlements Programme)
  IFRC (International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies)
  UNU (United nations University)
    Bangladesh Disaster Preparedness Centre (BDPC)
    ADRRN (The Asian Disaster Reduction and Response Network)
Expected Activities
The main expected activities of the International Group for Wind-related Disaster Risk Reduction include:

- to implement the Hyogo Framework for Action in the area of wind-related disaster risk reduction;
- to establish a database/warehouse of the latest information/technologies relevant to wind-related effects and their mitigation;
- to facilitate technology transfer that attends to the needs of local communities exposed to disasters around the world;
- to provide assistance to international organizations in the preparation of guidelines to manage the impact of wind-related disasters including evacuation, recovery and reconstruction;
- to organize, dispatch and facilitate ground logistics for quick-response post-disaster investigation teams;
- to establish an international consensus for extreme winds based on damage relevant to different construction practices;
- to establish international guidelines to prepare for wind-related disaster reduction activities;
- to harmonize wind-loading codes and standards including environmental specifications;
- to facilitate development of a global Engineering Virtual Organization (EVO) for Wind-Related Disaster Risk Reduction; and
- to hold international workshops/conferences on WR DRR irregularly.

Download (WRDRR-related documents)
Flyer of WRDRR
  Minutes of WRDRR Session at the Global Platform (GP) for Disaster Risk Reduction
    Secretary General of IAWE
Shuyang Cao (