On the Road to Sendai

The Third United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction will be held from
14 to 18 March 2015 in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan.  Several thousand participants are expected, including at related events linked to the World Conference under the umbrella of building the resilience of nations and communities to disasters. 

But equally interesting and sensitive are the delegate study tours that will use Sendai's traumatic wounds from teh Tohoko earthquake of 2011 as a way to underscore the importance of sound disaster planning methodologies.  Tours include the following:

  1. Multiple Defense Measures against Tsunami: Lessons
  2. Learned from the Great East Japan Earthquake
  3. Resurrection of the Natural Environment in Tsunami-Affected Areas
  4. Agricultural Challenges in Tsunami-Affected Areas
  5. Resilient Urban Infrastructures: Wastewater Treatment Plant & Gas Plant
  6. Visit a School Devastated by the Tsunami
  7. New Concept of Our Town: Installing both disaster-resilience and eco- friendliness
  8. Recovery of Residents and Business in Ishinomaki: One of the Most Severely Damaged Cities
  9. Tohoku University Guided Tour
  10. Efforts of the Private Sector for Disaster Risk Reduction: Case of a Brewery in a Tsunami-Affected Area
  11. Disaster Prevention Education for Youth
  12. Disaster Risk Reduction Education for Children with Special Needs
  13. Efforts of the Private Sector for DRR: Experience a Disaster Drill in a Department Store
  14. Yuriage: A Historical Fishing Port Making Steady Progress in Recovery
  15. Experience Yuriage: Japanese Morning Market
  16. ‘Hills of 1000 Years Hope’, Hills for Tsunami- Evacuation, and Efforts of Local Residents to Build a Resilient City
  17. Joint Public and Private Action for Regional Disaster Prevention and Advanced Disaster Prevention
  18. Technology for Housing: Working Together to Build a Disaster-Resilient Town
  19. Aratozawa, the Trace of the Greatest Landslide Disaster: Lessons Learned from the Iwate-Miyagi Inland Earthquake in 2008
  20. ‘Bosai’ Industry Fair in Sendai: The lastest DRR technologies and products
  21. Fukushima’s Recovery: Coastal Region Course -Efforts to recover from tsunami damage and restart the fishing industry
  22. Fukushima’s Recovery: Central Region Course -Safe, worry-free food
  23. Accelerating the reconstruction with the latest technology and passing on memory of the disaster to future generations: Rikuzentakata’s large-scale landraising projects and Ofunato’s disaster memorial
  24. «The Miracle of Kamaishi» and local authorities horizontal supplementation: Disaster prevention education measures in Kamaishi, and logistic support activities in Tono
  25. Reinvention every 1000 Years: Security measures being taken at the Onagawa Nuclear Power Plant, using lessons learned from past disasters
  26. Operation Tomodachi: witness the impressive restoration of Sendai Airport and Business Continuity Management at the JX Nippon Oil Refinery
  27. Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station: Decontamination and Decommission