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Friday, 5 August 2011, 10:00 - 17:30 (Venue opens at 9:30)

Great East Japan Earthquake Rebuilding Symposium
– Exploring Integrative Approaches from Land to Sea –

Venue: U Thant International Conference Hall, United Nations University Headquarters (5-53-70 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)

Secretariat for the International Partnership for Satoyama Initiative (IPSI)
Sustainable Oceans Initiative
(marine initiative established at COP10 Nagoya between the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) + United Nations University (UNU))

Ministry of the Environment (MOE)
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF)

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*Live webcasting of this event will be available from the UNU video portal


On 11 March 2011, countless lives and livelihoods in the north-east part of Japan, including those in satoyama and satoumi, were lost or severely destroyed by the earthquakes and tsunami. Despite indescribable experiences they went through, people stood up again and are making desperate efforts to restart their lives.

This symposium aims to explore ways to rebuild the devastated satoyama/satoumi communities through integrative approaches with specific focus on the linkages between land and sea, while considering deep-rooted challenges those communities have been facing such as 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.

The outcomes of this symposium will be presented at various meetings and occasions, including CBD SBSTTA-15 in November 2011.

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Morning Session (10:00 - 12:30)

MC: Anne McDonald (Director, UNU-IAS Operating Unit Ishikawa/Kanazawa (OUIK))

10:00 - 10:30

Opening Remarks / Address
  • Kazu Takemoto (Director, IPSI Secretariat, UNU-IAS)
  • Tsunao Watanabe (Director General, Nature Conservation Bureau, MOE)
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) representative
  • Video message from Ahmed Djoghlaf (Executive Secretary, SCBD)

10:30 - 12:30

Keynote Speeches

  • Keynote Speech 1: Katsuhiko Tada (President, Tada Natural Farm Ltd.)
  • Keynote Speech 2: Yoshihiro Hayashi (Professor, Tokyo University of Agriculture; Chair, MAFF National Committee for Biodiversity Strategy)
  • Keynote Speech 3: Patricio Bernal (Coordinator, Global Ocean Biodiversity Initiative; former Executive Secretary of Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, UNESCO)
  • Keynote Speech 4: Kazuhiko Takeuchi (Vice Rector, UNU)
Lunch Break (12:30 - 13:30)

Afternoon Session (13:30 - 17:30)

MC: Anne McDonald (Director, UNU-IAS OUIK)

13:30 - 13:40

Screening of Tohoku Documentary Video

(produced in collaboration with UNU Media Center+UNU-IAS OUIK+IPSI Secretariat)

13:40 - 15:00

Panel Discussion 1: Satoumi: Rebuilding Fisheries and Coastal Communities

Moderator: Hisashi Kurokura (Professor, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo)


  • Nobuhiro Nagaya (Managing Director, National Federation of Fisheries Co-operative Associations, (JF-ZENGYOREN))
  • Makoto Hatakeyama (Deputy Director, NPO “Mori wa Umi no Koibito”)
    • Tomoya Akimichi (Professor, The Center for Coordination, Promotion and Communication, The Research Institute for Humanity and Nature)
    • Hiroshi Terashima (Executive Director, Ocean Policy Research Foundation)
    • Yoshihisa Shirayama (Executive Director, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC); Chair, MOE Expert Meeting on Marine Biodiversity Conservation Strategies)
    • Thia-Eng Chua (Chair, East Asian Seas Partnership Council, Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA))

    15:15 - 16:30

    Panel Discussion 2: Revitalizing Satoyama Landscapes

    Moderator: Katsu Minami (Vice President, Kitasato University)


    • Yoshihiro Hayashi (Professor, Tokyo University of Agriculture; Chair, MAFF National Committee for Biodiversity Strategy)
    • Kenetsu Tatezaki (Executive Director, JA Midornino Farmers Cooperative Association)
    • Katsuhiko Tada (President, Tada Natural Farm Ltd.)
    • Noriko Takemoto (Professor by Special Appointment and Senior Business Adviser, Ecosystem Adaptability Global COE, Graduate School of Life Sciences, Tohoku University)
    • Katsuyoshi Sasaki (Director, Department of Forest Utilization, Miyagi Central Forestry Association)
    • Kalemani Jo Mulongoy (Principal Officer, Scientific, Technical and Technological Matters, SCBD)

    16:30 - 17:00


    17:00 - 17:30

    Wrap-up Session: Linking Satoumi and Satoyama




    This event is free and open to the public. The registration deadline is Thursday, 4 August 2011 at 17:00 (participation is limited to the first 60 registrants).

    For further information, please contact Akane Minohara (minohara[at], 045-221-2331).
    Registration is closed.
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