The Role of Science and Technology in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction
The 12th Multi-Hazards Symposium 2016, held at Kyoto University on 7th and 8th March, focused specifically on the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR), and aimed to discuss how science and technology advancement in combination with social science can strengthen the disaster risk reduction framework and how key priority areas can be addressed through these disciplines.
President Juichi Yamagiwa, Vice President Junichi Mori and Prof Rajib Shaw welcoming delegates to the Symposium.
The key note session chaired by Prof. Rajib Shaw featured presentations by Prof. Kaoru Takara, Prof. Fuihiko Immamura and Prof. Hassan Virji – it provided background and an overview of the advancement of science and technology in DRR, highlighted lessons learnt from the Tohoku earthquake and Tsunami of 2011, and addressed challenges of developing and implementing solutions for DRR. Key messages echoed in all three presentations were the importance of multidisciplinary efforts and linking the development of solutions to policy development and implementation on the ground.
Close to 100 delegates attended the Symposium which featured eight parallel sessions with 46 paper presentations and two plenary sessions over the two day proceedings.
The four main sessions of the event each focused on one of the four key areas of the SFDRR;
Understanding disaster risk
Strengthening disaster risk governance to manage disaster risk
Investing in disaster risk reduction for resilence
Enchancing disaster preparedness for effective response and to 'Build Back Better' in recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction