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Photo by UNISDR Visitors to the Public Forum of the WCDRR look at a display of personal items (centre) found in the rubble after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.

Japan: WCDRR public forum drew crowds

UNISDR

A five-day event held as part of the WCDRR turned out to be a magnet for the public, drawing thousands of people keen to share experiences of disasters such as the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami...'This is the largest international conference ever to be held in this country,' said Japan’s Minister of State for Disaster Management Eriko Yamatani, referring to the combined WCDRR and Public Forum tally...

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    Creative Exchange

    On the 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, innovative artist-led efforts in New Orleans, Louisiana are addressing long-standing issues in emergency management through forming grassroots organizations, developing public art installations and sustaining work through multi-sector partnerships. Emerging from one of the most destructive disasters are some of the most constructive tools for art and community development...

  • Fiji: Food security projects giving islands long-term resilience

    UNDP Asia-Pacific

    Island communities in Yasawa Islands will be better prepared for disasters, even if their crops are destroyed, through a new food bank project... Risk-resilient crops and farming techniques [are] being introduced to help them become more resilient.'We encourage partnerships like this between the public and private sectors,' said Elanoa Vakabunoya Nimacere from Vinaka Fiji...

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