How can investing in disaster risk reduction enhance resilience and achieve economic growth and sustainable development?
The book addresses this theme, summarizing worldwide experiences and research, including Japan's.
JICA Vice-President Kae Yanagisawa was one of the editors of the book, and its authors include government officials, researchers and university professors of Japan as well as staff members of the World Bank, UNDP, the European Commission and JICA. All of them are experts in and outside Japan who have experience in projects and research on disaster risk reduction and recovery around the world.
The book shares mindset of Japanese people towards disaster risk reduction, which is referred to as "the culture of prevention," and showcases various initiatives based on the lessons of disaster risk reduction and recovery.
The book also introduces a wide range of international experiences. In particular it reviews recovery experiences in Aceh Province, Indonesia, after the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami; disaster risk reduction initiatives in Bangladeshi local communities; and measures to cope with drought in Africa.
The book is expected to be widely read and used by all experts engaged in disaster risk reduction in national governments, aid agencies, donors, community members and businesses.
The book's prefaces were written by Akihiko Tanaka, the president of JICA, and Margareta Wahlstrom, the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction.