The First World Tsunami Museum Conference was held at Ishigaki City, Okinawa Prefecture to advocate the World Tsunami Awareness Day and to strengthen international cooperation for passing on the records stored in the tsunami museums to the next generation. The conference discussed how to share the knowledge and experience on disaster with future generations and how to strengthen the relationship between disaster related museums in each country. Representatives from the Local Governments, Co-organizers, supporters and other stakeholders took also part in the conference.
The Sri Lankan representative was appointed as one of the panelists under the topic of “passing on: Role of Tsunami Museums as centers for knowledge transmission”, which was one of the key themes highlighted throughout the conference. She pointed out that it is crucial to pass on the records kept in tsunami museums to the next generation, in order to prepare themselves against future tsunamis, which may strike at any moment.