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UNU to host Great East Japan Earthquake Rebuilding Symposium: 5 August 2011

26 July 2011

Event: Great East Japan Earthquake Rebuilding Symposium
Theme: Exploring Integrative Approaches from Land to Sea‖
Date/Time: Friday, 5 August 2011, 10:00 AM–5:30 PM
Venue: United Nations University Headquarters, Tokyo
Organizers: Secretariat of the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative ( IPSI ) and Sustainable Oceans Initiative (a marine initiative established at COP10 Nagoya between the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) and UNU)
Supporters: Ministry of the Environment , Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries ( MAFF )
Cooperator: Ink Cartridge Satogaeri Project (Brother, Canon, Dell, Epson, HP, Lexmark)

  • On 11 March 2011, countless lives and livelihoods in the north-east part of Japan, including those in satoyama 1 and satoumi 2 , were lost or severely destroyed by the earthquake and tsunami. Despite the indescribable experiences they suffered, residents of the affected areas are making valiant efforts to restart their lives.
  • This symposium will explore ways to rebuild the devastated satoyama/satoumi communities through integrative approaches with a specific focus on the linkages between land and sea. Participants will also consider the deep-rooted challenges those communities have been facing, such as an aging population and lack of successors, in order to contribute to the restoration as well as the revitalization of satoyama and satoumi in the long run. 
  • Keynote speeches will be given by President Katsuhiko Tada, Tada Natural Farm Ltd.; Prof. Yoshihiro Hayashi, Tokyo University of Agriculture, and Chair of the MAFF National Committee for Biodiversity Strategy; Dr. Patricio Bernal, Project Coordinator, Global Oceans Initiative and former Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission; and Vice-Rector Kazuhiko Takeuchi, UNU.  
  • Following the screening of a documentary produced by the UNU Media Centre, UNU-IAS Operating Unit Ishikawa/Kanazawa and IPSI Secretariat, there will be two sets of panel discussions — ―Satoumi: Rebuilding Fisheries and Coastal Communities‖ and ―Revitalizing Satoyama Landscapes‖ — joined by those who are playing key roles in rebuilding agriculture, forestry and fisheries in the Tohoku region as well as by experts from Japan and abroad.
  • The outcomes of this symposium will be presented at various meetings and occasions, including the Convention on Biological Diversity 15th meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (CBD SBSTTA-15) in Montreal, Canada, in November 2011.
  • Simultaneous English–Japanese interpretation will be provided. For those who are unable to attend, the Symposium will be webcast live (and archived).

Please see the event webpage for more information.

To confirm your attendance, please contact Akane Minohara or Kozue Suto (tel: 045-221-2331; / ) of UNU-IAS by 5:00 PM on Friday, 29 July.

Download the media release

1 Satoyama refers to landscapes that comprise a mosaic of different terrestrial-aquatic ecosystems including secondary forests, farm lands, irrigation ponds, and grasslands along with human settlements.

2 Satoumi is a coastal area where biological productivity and biodiversity has increased through human interaction.

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