SENDAI -Towards a Disaster-Resilient and Environmentally-Friendly City


SENDAI -Towards a Disaster-Resilient and Environmentally-Friendly City

Outcome summary of the 2017 Sendai Symposium for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Future

March 12, 2017

The City of Sendai held the “2017 Sendai Symposium for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Future - communicating, sharing and passing on our experience‐" on March 12, 2017

1. Date and Time:

March 12, 2017 (Sun.) 10 a.m. ~6 p.m.

2. Venue:

Exhibition Hall, Sendai International Center

3. Organizer:

City of Sendai

4. Event Composition:

  • Symposiums and Seminars: Themed Sessions (Total of 6 sessions) and closing
  • Mini Presentations: by 12 groups
  • Exhibition Booths: 53 groups
  • Tandem Symposiums (3 events)

5. Admission Numbers

  • Actual number of admissions: aprox.1,000 (sign- in desk distributed number)
  • Gross number of admissions: approx. 1,600 (cumulative total including participants of themed sessions, closing, mini presentations and tandem symposiums)

6. Outcome Summary

This forum was held with an intention of how to pass on the experiences and lessons learned from the disasters to the world and future generations. The forum offered several themed sessions; community development, passing on experiences onto the younger generations, report on learning outcome of courses on “Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030”, and participation of female and persons with disabilities. During those sessions, specific efforts were introduced and discussed. Furthermore, at the exhibit booths and mini presentation, community groups, which engage in disaster prevention and disaster risk reduction, NPOs, businesses and students introduced their efforts and those who visited the event had lively interactions with the exhibitors.

At the closing ceremony after the reports from each themed session and tandem symposium, we held a panel discussion inviting with Ms. Yuki Matsuoka, Head of UNISDR Japan office and Mr. Takashi Tachibana, Representative of Public Interest Incorporated Association’s MORIUMIUS as commentators, and Mr. Fumihiko Imamura, Director of the International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS), Tohoku University as coordinator. In the discussion, their remarks are such as “They were encouraged by everyone’s continuing realistic efforts.”, “It’s important to take the basis of the things that we have learned from Great East Japan Earthquake and continue it in other regions.” and “We need to send out our efforts overseas.”

7. Aspects of the Event

Themed sessions
(Think About the Future of Disaster Risk Reduction and Disaster Mitigation Together)

Exhibit Booths


Mini Presentations

Closing Ceremony


Kyushu Ramen Project

Tandem Symposium (Has “people’s recovery” been advancing after the 6 years from the Great East Japan Earthquake? )

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