Earthquakes test the strength of buildings, often to the point of breaking – putting people’s lives very much at risk. They also test the strength of governments and societies, and push more than 4 million people into extreme poverty every year. Integrating seismic risk into development planning and investments can reduce the impacts of inevitable earthquakes by ensuring that buildings and infrastructure are constructed and managed appropriately and people are prepared for the events ahead.
To support client countries’ investments to take on these challenges, the World Bank’s Tokyo Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Hub and the Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) are jointly delivering a Technical Deep Dive (TDD) on Seismic Risk and Resilience with key officials – including policymaking bodies, ministries of planning, DRM, construction, seismic agencies – and World Bank team leaders working in Bangladesh, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Lebanon, Myanmar, Nepal, Peru, the Philippines, and Pacific Island countries.
Organized in collaboration with the Building Regulation for Resilience, Climate Change Mitigation, and Development Knowledge Silo Breaker, the TDD will take place in Tokyo, Sendai, and Kobe on March 12-16, 2018 and will feature in-depth action planning, interactive site visits, and targeted presentations on seismic risk innovations from Japan and around the world.
The TDD will help teams develop project-relevant answers to questions in the following focus areas:
- Seismic Risk Identification: Why, how, and what are the key methodologies for conducting seismic risk assessments?
- Seismic Risk Monitoring and Alert for Preparedness: What is Japan’s experience developing robust seismic monitoring and disaster alert systems and what lessons have been learned?
- Seismic Risk Communication for Preparedness: How can governments best explain seismic risk to residents to encourage their preparedness? What are Seismic Preparedness Maps and how are they used in Japan?
- Seismic Risk Management Applications in Infrastructure Management: What are the options for integrating early warning and other measures into risk-informed infrastructure?
- Seismic Risk Reduction in the Built Environment: How can building regulatory systems, and their 3 critical components - legal & administrative frameworks, building code development & maintenance, and implementation & compliance – contribute to seismic resilience?
- Building Regulation for Resilience: https://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2016/01/07/drmhubtokyo-knowledge-program-building-regulation-for-resilience
- Seismic Risk Identification: https://www.worldbank.org/en/news/feature/2015/05/28/drmhubtokyo-knowledge-program-seismic-risk-identification-and-decision-making
- Learning from Disaster Simulation Drills in Japan: https://pubdocs.worldbank.org/en/419601484285362538/011717-drmhubtokyo-Learning-From-Disaster-Simulation-Drills-in-Japan.pdf
- Istanbul Seismic Risk Mitigation and Emergency Preparedness Project (ismep): Success Stories: