June 1, 2017
On May 25, an ongoing project that JICA began in July 2013 in Brazil titled the “Project for Strengthening National Strategy of Integrated Natural Disaster Risk Management” was awarded the UN Sasakawa Award for Disaster Reduction at the Global Platform for Disaster Reduction sponsored by the United Nations in Cancún, Mexico.
The UN Sasakawa Award for Disaster Reduction was established by the Nippon Foundation and the United Nations more than three decades ago with the purpose of promoting the efforts of institutions and individuals to reduce the risks of natural disasters.
The project was awarded after a favorable evaluation of the project activities that include the creation of disaster-prevention and mitigation manuals tailored to the specific circumstances of Brazil, the strengthening of lateral coordination between the pertinent government agencies for integrated applications of landslide disaster prevention and mitigation measures. Many counterpart government officials and engineers in Brazil have joined Japanese experts in the project activities, including officials from the Ministry of Cities and the Ministry of National Integration at the federal level, and from Rio de Janeiro State and Petrópolis at the local level.
In 2011, the award was given to the Central American Coordination Center for Natural Disaster Prevention, the core cooperation partner of JICA’s Project on Capacity Development for Disaster Risk Management in Central America “BOSAI.”
It is hoped that, through this award, the importance of disaster risk reduction will become known in Brazil while raising awareness of disaster risk reduction.