The First Global Summit of Research Institutes for Disaster Risk Reduction:

     The catastrophic consequences of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami have brought into sharp focus the need to reassess existing disaster risk management practices and disaster prevention and preparedness planning. More than ever, lessons from this as well as other events around the world show that it is imperative that we promote interdisciplinary approaches in order to adequately address existing disaster prevention and preparedness gaps particularly those arising from possible interactions and systemic effects of natural hazards on people, the natural and built environment, as well as the social and economic systems that we all depend on. The Summit represents an invitation and an opportunity for all research organizations involved in disaster risk reduction (DRR) to reflect on these challenges as well as to explore new paradigms for DRR.

With this in mind the Summit goals are:

  • To gather researchers from important research institutes to discuss and possibly identify new paradigm for disaster risk reduction based on lessons learned from recent disasters around the world
  • to make recommendations on the research agenda for the coming decade based on the above discussions
  • To establish an International Forum on Natural Disaster Research (IFNDR) with interested organizations
  • To publish, distribute, and promote the findings and recommendations of the Summit to academic research organizations, government agencies and international organizations.

Exploring New Paradigms of Natural Disaster Research
Based on the Lessons Learned
from the Great Natural Disasters in the World

Date:November 24-25th, 2011
Venue:Kihada Hall, Uji Campus, Kyoto University
Address:Gokasho, Uji, 611-0011, Kyoto, Japan
Organizer: Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University
Japan Council of Natural Disaster Research
International Society for Integrated Disaster Risk Management