World Bank GFDRR Grant Agreement

The Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) at the World Bank supported three EERI initiatives from 2011-2014, including: Learning from Earthquakes (LFE),  2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: Knowledge Notes, and the EERI Housner Fellows Program, to specifically include Fellows from developing countries.

Learning from Earthquakes

The GFDRR supported EERI’s Learning from Earthquakes (LFE) program to conduct “Building Back Better” studies. GFDRR funding sent multi-disciplinary teams of researchers (e.g., earth scientists, engineers, social scientists) into the field to investigate and to learn from the damaging effects of earthquakes in developing countries.

GFDRR Final Reports
Building Back Better: Case Study of the 2010-2011 Canterbury, New Zealand Earthquake Sequence (English, 1 MB)
The November 7, 2012 M7.4 Guatemala Earthquake and its Implications for Disaster Reduction and Mitigation (English, immersive web version)
The November 7, 2012 M7.4 Guatemala Earthquake and its Implications for Disaster Reduction and Mitigation (English, 4.0 MB)
El terremoto Guatemalteco M7.4 del 7 de Noviembre 2012 y sus implicaciones para la reducción y mitigación de desastres (Spanish, 5.0 MB)
Recovery and Reconstruction in Sri Lanka following the December 26, 2004 Tsunami (English, 4.2 MB)

2011 Tohoku Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: Knowledge Notes

GFDRR’s Learning from Megadisasters program granted EERI funding to assemble a small group of international experts to review and analyze lessons emerging from the 2011 Tohoku, Japan earthquake and tsunami.

The first phase of the project delivered a set of Knowledge Notes that were reviewed by EERI’s global technical expert review group.  The notes analyze and synthesize what worked, what did not, and why in the response to the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami, offering recommendations for developing countries that face similar risks and vulnerabilities.

The Knowledge notes are grouped into six thematic clusters and can be downloaded below for free.

Structural Measures (12.5 MB)
Nonstructural Measures (12.8 MB)
Emergency Response (7.68 MB)
Reconstruction Planning (11.4 MB)
Hazard and Risk Information and Decision Making (7.21 MB)
Economics of Disaster Risk, Risk Management and Risk Financing (4.79 MB)

Download full set of Knowledge Notes, Clusters 1-6 (11.9 MB)

Read the Knowledge Notes summary brochure


The Knowledge Notes were prepared by more than 40 Japanese and international experts, assisted by 50 advisers and reviewers including EERI global technical expert review group.  The team included developing country practitioners, academic experts, and government officials. The Knowledge Notes will provide a basis for knowledge sharing and exchanges with developing countries experts and practitioners in the coming years.

EERI Global Technical Expert Review Group
The EERI team was composed by Farzad Naeim (chair), Sergio M. Alcocer, Mohsen Ghafouri-Ashtiani , Jay Berger, Marcial Blondet, Lori Dengler, Marjorie Greene, Polat Gulkan, Kenzo Hiroki, Luxin Huang, Marshall Lew, Eduardo Miranda, Robert B. Olshansky, Mimi Sheller, Alpa Sheth, Gavin Smith, Emily So, Steven L. Stockton, and Balbir Verma.

The Notes were presented at the Sendai Dialogues in Japan on October 9-10, and were officially launched in Tokyo at an International Seminar on October 15.

EERI Housner Fellows Program

The Housner Fellows Program is EERI’s leadership program, targeted at young to mid-career professionals. The goal of the program is to train a new generation of leaders and advocates for earthquake safety. The GFDRR at the World Bank supported three of EERI’s eight 2014 Housner Fellows who will be known as GFDRR-Housner Fellows upon “graduation” of the program. These three are:

Please visit the 2012 Housner Fellows page and 2014 Housner Fellows page to learn more about each fellow.