WBF 2017 Report

Message from World Bosai Forum Committee Chairperson

The World Bosai Forum/IDRC 2017 in Sendai has finished with a big success, thanks to various contributions from the session organizers, exhibitors, poster and flash-talk presenters, invited speakers, and other participants including local citizens.

More than 900 registered participants from over 40 countries and regions – many more if we include the public audience to the Forum sessions – have gathered at the Forum. Many of the Forum participants also participated in the study tours and excursions to learn about and experience the areas affected by the 2011 Tohoku disaster. Including the visitors to the related events (Bosai Kokutai – National Conference on Promoting Disaster Risk Reduction 2017, and 2017 Bosai Industry Fair in Sendai), the total number of visitors was approximately 11,200 during the four days!

In the Forum, we have shared the findings and experiences about the 2011 Tohoku disaster, and discussed practical solutions and new international attempts toward “Bosai” for promoting the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. It was encouraging to see various contributions in diverse topics from different backgrounds, including those from citizens and the young generation and discussions on dissemination of culture.

I deeply thank all the participants and supporters who contributed to create the Forum to be a fruitful occasion toward disaster risk reduction.

Fumihiko Imamura
World Bosai Forum Committee Chairperson

Chair's Summary

In the closing session of the Forum, Chair’s Summary was presented. It summarized the discussion and conclusions of the sessions held during the four days, along with the future perspectives. It contains three sections for Science and Technology, Policy and Finance, and Society and Culture, and also mentions key items of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction such as “build back better" and development of a “risk culture”.

World Bosai Survey

The World Bosai Survey aims to illuminate attitudes towards disaster risk reduction of both bosai specialists and citizens, asking questions in relation with the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, 2015-2030. We believe that a survey of this kind would be the first trial at the global level.