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Included as part of a series of events for the UN Decade on Biodiversity and the International Year of Forests

Post-Earthquake Rebuilding Support Symposium


Date: Sunday, 22 May 2011 (International Day of Biodiversity)

Time: 13:30-17:00

Location: United Nations University, Tokyo

Organizers: UNU-ISP, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Ministry of the Environment


Donations: We will be accepting monetary donations for the people of the affected areas.

Language: English and Japanese simultaneous interpretation

Contact: Global Environment Outreach Centre(GEOC)

Brochure (394KB)


The massive earthquake and tsunami which hit Northeastern Japan devastated much of the fisheries and agricultural industries in the region, and consequently the livelihoods of many of the people living there. This symposium will address ways to rebuild while exploring the possibility to do so with environmentally friendly sustainable policies.

Mr. Shigeatsu Hatakeyama, the founder of the NGO “Mori wa Umi no Koibito” (The forest is longing for the sea, the sea is longing for the forest), has firsthand experience as a practitioner in both industries and is also a survivor of the disaster. He will give a talk addressing the important but often overlooked link between the forest and the sea, human habitats, biodiversity, and the revival of agricultural forestry industries and fisheries.

His talk will be followed by presentations and a panel discussion consisting of specialists and policymakers who will address proposals to support the people of the affected regions.


To register for this event, please click on the link below and complete the registration form. Kindly note that registration will be closed once the maximum number of participants is reached. The deadline for registration is 18 May, 2011.


“Post-Earthquake Rebuilding: The link between forest and sea”

Shigeatsu Hatakeyama
Founder, “Mori wa Umi no Koibito”; Professor of Field Studies and Practical Learning, Kyoto University

Panel Discussion

Kazuhiko Takeuchi
Vice-Rector, United Nations University; Director, Japanese Institute of Landscape Architecture


Shigeatsu Hatakeyama
Founder, “Mori wa Umi no Koibito”; Professor of Field Studies and Practical Learning, Kyoto University

Srikantha Herath
Academic Programme Officer, United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace

Masaru Tanaka
Professor Emeritus, Kyoto University

Hiroyuki Suematsu
Director General, Forest Policy Planning Department, Forestry Agency

Osamu Hashimoto
Director General, Fisheries Infrastructure Department, Fisheries Agency

Tsunao Watanabe
Director General, Nature Conservation Bureau, Ministry of the Environment