Mainstreaming Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction and Reconstruction


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  • DATE / TIME:
    2015•03•14    13:00 - 16:00

    On 14 March 2015, UNU-IAS, the Ministry of the Environment of Japan and IUCN will organize the international conference Mainstreaming Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction and Reconstruction: Lessons Learned from 3.11 for the World and the Future as one of the side events in the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction Public Forum. The event will start with an opening remark by Mrs. Akie Abe, Spouse of the Prime Minister of Japan.

    Ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction and reconstruction is increasingly gaining international attention and its implementation is encouraged in decisions by the Convention on Biological Diversity. Ecosystems such as coral reefs, coastal forests and wetlands can function to reduce disaster risks, which can be leveraged and incorporated into existing disaster-prevention measures. Such ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction is sustainable and cost-effective in the long term. It also contributes to climate change adaptation, the enhancement of local tourism, agriculture, and fishery, as well as biodiversity conservation.

    This conference will showcase Japan’s good practices, such as Kesennuma Ooshima, based on the lessons learned from 3.11, referring to other cases outside of Japan. It will discuss how to mainstream ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction and reconstruction measures domestically and internationally.

    Simultaneous English–Japanese interpretation will be provided for this event.

    Download the event flyer here.


    (12:40  Doors open)

    13:00–13:10 Remarks
    Akie Abe (Spouse of the Prime Minister of Japan)

    13:10–13:50 Keynote Speeches

    • “Ecosystem-based Approaches towards the Resilient Society Living in Harmony with Nature”
      Kazuhiko Takeuchi (Senior Vice Rector of UNU)
    • “Reducing Risks through Ecosystem Management”
      Inger Andersen (Director General of IUCN)

    13:50–14:40 Best Practices in Japan & the World

    • “Partners for Resilience: saving lives and livelihoods in the Global South”
      Jane Madgwick (CEO of Wetlands International)
    • “Reconstruction of Kesennuma-Oshima in Harmony with Nature”
      Shoichi Shirahata (Chairman, Kesennuma-Oshima Tourism Association)
    • “Role of Wetlands for DRR”
      Marlynn M. Mendoza (Chief Ecosystem Management Specialist, DENR, Philippines)
      Christopher Briggs (Executive Secretary, Ramsar Convention)
    • “Several Measures to Enhance the Forest Function of Preventing Natural Disasters”
      Hiroki Katsuragawa (Director, Forest Planning Division, Forestry Agency of Japan)

    14:40–16:00 Panel Discussion “To Promote Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction and Reconstruction”
    Coordinator: Shiro Wakui (Acting Chair of UNDB-J Committee/Professor of Tokyo City University)


    • Fumihiko Imamura (Professor, IRIDeS, Tohoku University)
    • Masatoshi Sato (Chairman, Keidanren Committee on Nature Conservation)
    • Satoquo Seino (Associate Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyushu University)
    • Srikantha Herath (Academic Programme Director, UNU-IAS)
    • Radhika Murti (Senior Programme Coordinator, IUCN)


    Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.

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