Learning from mega disasters

Tokyo Development Learning Center
World Bank, the
Tokyo Learning Development Centre


Under this project “Learning from Mega Disasters”, a series of interactive Knowledge-Sharing (KS) sessions will be organized in collaboration via videoconferencing system with GDLN. This is aimed at:

• Sharing initial findings and lessons from the Great East Japan Earthquake with practitioners throughout the world and
• Exchanging views among experts on how these lessons could be transferred and adapted to developing countries.
33 Knowledge Notes (KN) have been developed.
• The KNs will be grouped into 6 clusters for this GDLN knowledge-exchange sessions.

In more details, the objectives are to:

• Develop Knowledge Notes (KNs) by collecting data and facts about damage and loss caused by the unprecedented disaster that recently hit Japan.
• Share draft KNs with Disaster Risk Management (DRM) experts around the world for the peer review and discuss the adaptability of the KNs to developing countries context by holding Global Development Learning Network (GDLN) session with practitioners and experts.
• Facilitate mutual learning and cooperation in building resilient societies around the world by drawing on Japan’s long experience in dealing with mega disasters.

Session 1: Structural Measures

• Addressing experiences and lessons learnt on
• Tsunami dykes;
• Building code; and
• Prepare for cascading effects.

Session 2: Non-structural Measures

Addressing experiences and lessons learnt on
• Community based risk assessment/DRM;
• Early warning and evacuation planning; and
• Local vs. national planning and the role of urban planning in DRM.

Session 3: Response

• Addressing experiences and lessons learnt on
• Vulnerable group and gender; and
• Logistics, coordination and communication.

Session 4: Recovery

Addressing experiences and lessons learnt on
• Recovery planning;
• Debris management; and
• Livelihood.

Session 5: Risk Information and Risk Financing

Addressing experiences and lessons learnt on
• Disaster risk Insurance; and
• Risk assessment and communication.

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