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Commemoration of the 1st Asia Parks Congress:

International Symposium on Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction


Date: 12 November 2013,

(Registration: 13:15-13:45)

Location: U Thant Hall, UNU Headquarters Map »

Ministry of the Environment, UNU-ISP, International Union for Conservation for Nature (IUCN)

Co-Organizers: Global Environment Outreach Centre (GEOC)

Languages: Japanese and English (simultaneous interpretation available)


Aya Yokoi, UNU-ISP,


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The Ministry of the Environment of Japan and UNU-ISP will organize the international symposium “Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction” in Tokyo on 12 November 2013, in advance of the 1st Asia Parks Congress taking place in Sendai, Japan on 13–17 November.

Asia is known as a disaster-prone region, with various natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, landslides and forest fires. The frequent occurrence of natural disasters in the region is due not only to meteorological and geographical factors, but also to growing populations, urbanization in coastal zones, inappropriate land use and ecosystem degradation. Ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction (eco-DRR) is usually inexpensive in terms of construction and maintenance costs compared with measures depending on artificial infrastructure. It is also a no-loss strategy which can provide a wide range of benefits such as improvement of landscapes and local livelihoods, regardless of whether a disaster occurs or not. Nevertheless, ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction measures tend to be forgotten, and promoting eco-DRR is one of the common challenges for the region.

At this international symposium, experts from Japan who have been working on reconstruction after the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 2011, as well as foreign experts participating in the 1st Asia Parks Congress, will share their knowledge, experience and views through keynote speeches and panel discussions, and identify challenges and the future direction of eco-DRR.

Important Note

  • Advance registration is required. Registration has been closed.
  • For security reason, a photo ID matching the name on their online registration will be required to gain admittance to this event.
  • The registration desk will be open from 13:15 to 13:45, and the doors will close at 13:50. Participants are highly recommended to arrive early to pass the registration area before 13:45. The doors will be open again at 14:10 after opening remarks.


Master of Ceremonies: Mr. Tsunao Watanabe, UNU-ISP Senior Programme Coordinator, GEOC Coordinator


Welcome addresses

  • Representative of Ministry of the Environment
  • Mr. Zhang Xinsheng, President of IUCN

Keynote Speeches




Panel Discussions :Theme “To promote ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction”


  • Prof. Shiro Wakui, Acting Chair of UNDB-J Committee/Professor of Tokyo City University