-2009 Dec 1, Japan

Name/Title The 8th Japan-Korea Technical Conference on Sediment-related Disaster Prevention
Venue: Country,City Japan
Date Dec. 1, 2009

The Japan-Korea Technical Conference on Sediment-related Disaster Prevention has been held annually in Japan or Korea since 2002, aimed at contributing to sabo administration and technological R&D by exchanging information and opinions on the latest trend of sediment-related disaster prevention in the two countries.

This year's conference, the "8th Japan-Korea Technical Conference on Sediment-Related Disaster Prevention" was held at the Mita Conference Hall (Tokyo) on December 1, 2009.

The conference was started with opening addresses by Sim Young Man, Director of Forest Engineering and Rehabilitation Division of Korea Forest service and Hiroshi Makino, Director General of Sabo Department, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), followed by active discussions on sabo's multi-purpose aspects, such as the ecosystem, aesthetics, and regional vitalization.

The following presentations were made at the conference (Table 1).

Table -1 Presentation topics

Japan Korea (ROK)
Noriyuki MINAMI

Director, Sabo Planning Div., Sabo Dept., MLIT

"Present State of Sediment-related Disaster Prevention in Japan"

Sim Young Man

Director, Forest Engineering and Rehabilitation Div., Korea Forest Service

"Present State of Forest Disaster Prevention in Korea"

Takeshi KIRYU

Deputy Director, Land Conservation Div., Sabo Dept., MLIT

"Activities for Rural Forest Sabo"

Jung Tea Ho

Director for Forest Administration, Agricultural Administration and Forestry Bureau, Gangwon-do Provincial Government

"Construction of Multi-purpose Sabo Dams by Local Governments"


Senior Researcher, Erosion and Sediment Control Div., Research Center for Disaster Risk Management, National Institute for Land and Infrastructure Management, MLIT

"Planning, Design, Construction of Stream Preservation Works and the State after Construction"

Lee Myung Bo

Head, Div. of Forest Disaster Management,Korea Forest Research Institute

"Management System for Slope Failure Hazard Areas in Korea"


Director, Nikko Sabo Office, Kanto Regional Development Bureau, MLIT

"Safety Management Technologies for the Construction Site"

Kim Min Sik

Director, Korea Sabo Association

"Founding of Korea Sabo Association - Aim and Activities"

First presentations from both countries dealt with the present state of sabo administration in each country, including a recent change in sabo budget in Korea. Participants deepened mutual understanding of the current state of sabo projects in the two countries.

The Korean side also introduced the outline of the Korea Sabo Association which was recently established based on the Erosion Control Act (enacted in 1962). The aim, organization, and activities of the Association are as follows.

support for sabo technologies and international technical exchange, promotion of sabo-related research, evaluation, diagnosis, education, and PR activities.
established as a special public entity based on the Erosion Control Act, established in the Korea Forest Research Institute, an institute of Korea Forest Service.
  • Dec. 8, 2008:general meeting for establishment
  • Jan. 5, 2009:established as a special public entity
  • One headquarters (Seoul) and 7 chapters (each province)


  • Development, support, monitoring of sabo technologies; international exchange of sabo technologies and information
  • Adequacy evaluation of sabo projects; inspection, repair, and safety diagnosis of sabo facilities
  • Surveys and post management of sabo projects
  • Development and operation of programs for the education and PR activities of sabo administration

After the presentations from both countries, Nobutomo Osanai, Head of the Erosion and Sediment Control Div., National Institute for Land and Infrastructure Management, summarized the achievements of Japan-Korea collaborative study.

It was also confirmed that a format containing uniform indices would be prepared as a means to identify the actual state of sediment-related disasters above a certain scale that occur in both countries.

At the end of the conference, the delegation leaders signed the minutes and agreed to hold the next 9th conference in Korea in the autumn of 2010.

Photo -1 Opening address by Director General Makino of Sabo Department of MLIT