Post-earthquake rebuilding support symposium

  • DATE / TIME:
    2011•05•22    13:30 - 17:00

    This symposium will address ways in which the people of the regions devastated by the 11 March earthquake and tsunami can rebuild through environmentally friendly sustainable policies.

    The massive earthquake and tsunami that hit northeastern Japan devastated much of the fisheries and agricultural industries in the region, and consequently the livelihoods of many of those living there. This symposium will address ways for the people of the affected regions to rebuild while exploring the possibility of doing so through environmentally friendly sustainable policies.

    In this symposium, Shigeatsu Hatakeyama, founder of the nongovernmental organization Mori wa Umi no Koibito and a professor of Kyoto University, will give a talk titled “Post-Earthquake Rebuilding: The Link between Forest and Sea”. He will address the important but often-overlooked links between the forest and the sea, human habitats and biodiversity, and the revival of agricultural forestry industries and fisheries.

    His talk will be followed by presentations and a panel discussion by specialists and policy makers from academia, government ministries and agencies, and international organizations who will address proposals to support the people of the affected regions.

    Simultaneous English–Japanese interpretation will be provided.

    About the Speaker

    Shigeatsu Hatakeyama is the founder of Mori wa Umi no Koibito (The forest is longing for the sea, the sea is longing for the forest), a nongovernmental organization that promotes the natural ecological link between forests and the ocean. He also is a professor at Kyoto University and runs fisheries, and thus is in a unique position to combine theory with real-world practice. Based on his knowledge and experience, coupled with his status as a resident of the affected area and a survivor of the disaster, he is able to provide comprehensive insight into grappling with the difficult task of rebuilding after the earthquake.