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International Seminar on Role of Forests in Natural Disasters and Revival of Forests and Forestry,  5 February, 2012, Sendai, Japan

On March 11th in 2011, the Great East Japan Earthquake occurred in Japan. Ever since then the role of forests in natural disaster has drawn people’s attention both domestically and internationally, such as disaster prevention function, development of hazard-protection coastal forest and utilization of woody bio-mass to serve for reconstruction.


Japan held “Investigative commission for re-construction of coastal forests on the Great East Japan Earthquake” and also with the cooperation of NGOs, re-construction of coastal forest and plan for using local woods for temporary housing have proceeded.


In the First APEC Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Forestry held in last September in China, the Director-General of Forestry Agency of Japan has announced Japan’s intention to facilitate information exchange on natural disaster and forests. Furthermore, in the 24th session of FAO Asia Pacific Forestry Commission held in last November in China, the commission requested FAO to provide collaborative support for this international seminar.


Resource persons are invited to share the most up-to-date information and the experiences of Japan and overseas about natural disaster and role of forests and steps for recovery. Also, it is expected that participants of the seminar would feel and experience the recovery of the damaged area of the Earthquake.


The international seminar consists of one day seminar followed by field trip to Coastal Forest near Sendai.




Keynote Presentation
OHTA Takehiko, Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo, Japan
The role of forests in the Great East Japan Earthquake and sustainable forest management and its usage

Session 1: Natural disasters and the role of forests in Japan

INOUE Shin, Director of Forest Disaster Prevention and Restoration Office, JFA
The result of “Investigative commission for re-construction of coastal forests on the Great East Japan Earthquake”, and re-construction of coastal in future

SEIDOU Kunihiro, Advisor of Green Technology, OISCA International
Cooperation with NGOs for forest management and re-construction of coastal forests

OCHIAI Hirotaka, Research Coordinator (land protection and water resources research), Forest and forest product research institute
Mountain disaster prevention and reduction utilizing forest functions

ANDO Kunihiro, Professor of The Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Science, Univ. of Tsukuba, Japan / Architect
Building temporary house called “Itakura house” with renewable resources (1)(PDF:2,339KB)

Building temporary house called “Itakura house” with renewable resources (2)

Session 2: Natural disasters and the role of forests in the world

Karl Kleemayr, Coordinator of division 8.00.03 (natural disaster and risk management) of IUFRO, Head of Department of Natural Hazards and Alpine Timberline at Federal Research and Training Centre for Forests, Natural Hazards and Landscape of Austria
Management of protection forests - global principles based on functional, ecological and societal arguments

Timothy Payne, Convenor of Techincal Advisory Committee (TAC) of the Montréal Process working group for Criteria and Indicator (C&I) for Sustainable Forest Management (SFM), Principal Scientist; and Theme Leader of Forest Vitality at Scion, New Zealand
Risk and sustainable forest management – the potential for use of criteria and indicator frameworks to manage natural hazards

Tint Lwin Thaung, Executive Director of RECOFTC, The Center for People and Forests
Community resilience to natural disasters

Jeremy Broadhead, Forestry Policy Analyst, FAORAP
Forestry and natural disasters: theory and practice in Asia and the Pacific 

Session 3: Experiences and challenges for natural disasters and forests from various countries

HATA Shigeki, Executive Technical Advisor to the Director General, Global Environment Department, JICA head-quarter
Li Jian, JICA Project on forest restoration after the earthquake in Sichuan Province, Deputy Director-general of Forestry Department of Sichuan Province, P. R. China
JICA Cooperation on Forest(PDF:2,328KB)/Nature Conservation and Natural Disasters(PDF:1,254KB)

Ayu Dewi Utari, Chief of Serayu Opak Progo Watershed Management Centre, Ministry of Forestry, Indonesia
Shore Rehabilitation to Control the Impact of Tsunami

MIYAGI Toyohiko, Professor, Tohoku Gakuin University, Japan
Destruction of coastal forest / coastal area and their Tsunami mitigating effect in 3.11 Great East Japan Earthquake – comparison with overseas and the Great East Japan Earthquake’s case

Maung Maung Than, Mangrove Researcher at Forest Resources Environment Development and Conservation Association (FREDA)
Rehabilitation of Coastal Vegetation through Community Participation in Post Nargis- The Myanmar Experience"

Panel Discussion
(Facilitator: Alexander Buck, Executive Director of IUFRO)
- OHTA Takehiko, Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo
- Karl Kleemayr, Coordinator of division 8.00.03, IUFRO
- Patrick Durst, Senior Forestry Officer, FAORAP
- Rex Cruz, Dean, Collage of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Philippines





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