Sendai City, known as the ”City of Trees”, is nestled in an area blessed with outstanding natural beauty. Sendai’s city planning has been developing while confronting environmental issues and preserving and maintaining our natural landscape. We have actually done so by carrying out various prominent activities like formulating the “Ordinance for Conserving the Clean Water of the Hirose River” post 1960’s and the “Movement to Ban Studded Tires” which was realized with the cooperation of Sendai Citizens.
Additionally, Sendai has experienced several disasters such as the 1978 Miyagi-ken-oki Earthquake and also has gained information from other disasters that occurred in Japan. Based on this, the City of Sendai implemented diverse measures for disaster prevention and disaster risk reduction and we built a city where citizens have a rather high awareness about disaster risks. However, when the Great East Japan Earthquake occurred in 2011, we realized again that urbanized areas were still facing disaster threats and that maintaining the safety and security of our citizens’ wellbeing and economic activities were important basic principles.
In response to those threats, we began to work toward making Sendai a “Disaster-Resilient and Environmentally-Friendly City” which utilizes our city’s unique characteristics of being an “environmental city” and also adds a new value which is our “prevention capability” while at the same time incorporating the viewpoints of a disaster prevention into all our current city policies.
At the Third United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) held in March, 2015, the “Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030” was adopted as an international guideline for the next 15 years. We were honored that our city name “Sendai” is in the title of such an international document and, as the frameworks’ adopted city, we strive to proceed rebuilding our city safely and comfortably. We also feel responsible for contributing towards the improvement of world’s disaster prevention culture by sharing what we have learned from the disaster within Japan and abroad.
In this website, we introduce various efforts in Sendai that aim at making ours a “Disaster-Resilient and Environmentally-Friendly City” and also provide information on actions that governments, related organizations, and citizens take towards promoting the “Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030” in a way that is easy to understand. Please take a look at how Sendai, a city with 108 million people who experienced unprecedented disaster, is tackling new challenges and forging ahead to make Sendai a “disaster-resilient and environmentally-friendly city.”
The Mayor of the City of Sendai
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