Rebuilding Japan from land to sea

  • DATE / TIME:
    2011•08•05    10:00 - 17:30

    The Great East Japan Earthquake Rebulding Symposium will consider innovative and sustainable ways to rebuild satoyama and satoumi communities, taking an integrated approach to linking land and sea.

    On Friday 5 August 2011, the Secretariat for the International Partnership for Satoyama Initiative (IPSI) and the Sustainable Oceans Initiative, with support from UNU, will organize the “Great East Japan Earthquake Rebulding Symposium – Exploring Integrative Approaches from Land to Sea,” at the UNU Headquarters in Tokyo. The aim of the symposium is to consider ways to rebuild those communities devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, in integrative and sustainable ways, with a focus on linkages between ocean and land.

    During the Great East Japan Earthquake, countless lives and livelihoods in the north-east of the country were lost or severely destroyed, including in satoyama and satoumi. Yet despite the indescribable tragedy they experienced, people in these communities have responded with resilience and dedication and are making dedicated efforts to restart and rebuild their lives.

    This symposium aims to explore ways of rebuilding the devastated Satoyama and Satoumi communities through integrative approaches, with a specific focus on the linkages between land and sea. In doing so, the Symposium will also consider the deep-rooted challenges facing those affected communities, such as an aging population, a changing environment and demographic change, in order to contribute to long-term, sustainable restoration and revitalization.

    The symposium will include keynote speeches, screening of a video documentary and open panel discussions on rebuilding costal communities and revitalizing the Satoyama landscape. Specific keynote addresses will be delivered by:

    • Mr Katsuhiko Tada (President, Tada Organic Farm Co.)
    • Prof. Yoshihiro Hayashi (Human and Animal-Plant Relationships, Tokyo University of Agriculture; Chair, MAFF National Committee for Biodiversity Strategy)
    • Mr Patricio Bernal (Project Coordinator, Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative; former Executive Secretary of Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, UNESCO)
    • Prof. Kazuhiko Takeuchi (Vice Rector, UNU).

    The event is supported by the Japanese Government Ministry of the Environment (MOE) and the
 Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF).

    For further information and registration details, see the event page on the UNU-IAS website.