Disaster Preparedness

We’ve learned many lessons from relief activities in the areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake. For example, emergency relief activities in initial phases faced significant challenges due to the lack of existing structure to coordinate different efforts by public sector and NGO/civil society organizations.

In addition, it became clear that many organizations lacked an understanding of internationally accepted standards of humanitarian relief activities in disaster-stricken communities. This has led to many instances of human rights violations. It is critical to share and apply the lessons learned from these experiences in order to improve the quality of relief activities by civil society organizations in cases of future disasters in Japan.

To achieve this, JANIC has been working to organize seminars and workshops to share international knowledge and best practices with civil society organizations in Japan, as well as building a global network to share information about lessons and stories from Japan.

Japan CSO Coalition for 2015 WCDRR(JCC2015)

JCC2015 is a network of Japanese CSOs that has been established for the purpose of sharing lessons and recommendations for creating sustainable and resilient societies. Promoting collaboration both within Japan and with civil society organizations from overseas, JCC2015 is part of the efforts to establish the 2015 Post-Hyogo Framework for Action(HFA2) in preparation for the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, which will be held in Sendai in March 2015.

UN Conference on Disaster Reduction (Geneva): Sharing Lessons from the Great East Japan Earthquake to Support Global Disaster Reduction Efforts

At the international conference of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GPDRR) in Geneva, Switzerland, which took place from 19-23 May 2013, representatives of Japanese NGOs that have worked on disaster relief activities in Tohoku and organic farmers from Fukushima shared the lessons they’ve learned and the recommendations from the civil society sector in Japan.

HAP Standard / Sphere Project

The 2010 HAP (Humanitarian Accountability Partnership) Standard and the Sphere Project’s “Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response” are international standards regarding the quality of humanitarian assistance and the accountability of humanitarian organizations. Through the Quality & Accountability Working Group, which is led by 10 organizations including JANIC, seminars and other educational programs are offered in order to raise awareness of these standards.

Contingency Plan (CP) Workshops for Humanitarian Organizations

We offer workshops on Contingency Planning using the “eCentre/InterWorks” modules by UNHCR in order to help NGOs implement effective and strategic multi-stakeholder approaches to disaster response in the future.

◎National Diet Library Great East Japan Earthquake Archive 「HINAGIKU」
JANIC has contributed to “HINAGIKU”, a portal site that offers public access to the searchable database of the National Diet Library archive for materials related to the Great East Japan Earthquake. The archive includes records and reports by public, private and media organizations, and research papers by academic institutions, and serves as a means to preserve and pass on the important lessons learned from relief and reconstruction activities following the Great East Japan Earthquake, contributing to the disaster preparedness and disaster reduction efforts for the future.

◎Nuclear Power Free World 2
The Tepco Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear plant accident has reinforced that nuclear power poses an uncontrollable risk to our society. Since the accident, many citizens have spoken out to call for a nuclear-free world, and the government has responded with a “zero-nuclear” energy policy. There has been, however, powerful resistance to this movement from various political and corporate forces. In order to achieve the goal of building a nuclear-free society, we need to mobilize the voices of individual citizens and bring together people with different backgrounds and interests for a common goal. JANIC has supported the “Nuclear Power Free World 2” conference, which is an international gathering of concerned citizens calling for social, economic and political reform to achieve a nuclear-free world built on the foundation of renewable and sustainable energy sources.

Linking Global DRR CSO Community to Civil Society in JAPAN

With the help of the Global Network of CSOs for Disaster Reduction (GNDR)’s experience and network, the workshop was organized on September 20, 2012 in Tokyo by CWS-Asia/Pacific and JANIC to connect and link with the Japanese civil society in order to create a wider collective voice as part of the global civil society on disaster risk reduction (DRR) policy framework from 2015 and beyond.

NGO Disaster Preparedness Project

With the support of Church World Services, JANIC organized a series of five seminars starting on October 30th, 2012, with the aim of promoting disaster preparedness among NGOs, applying the lessons learned from our experiences with relief activities in the areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake.

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