FY2011 3rd IGES Global Environmental Seminar
Building Sustainable and Resilient Local Communities
- Actions in Asia and Support for Reconstruction of East Japan
Natural disasters and increasing climate variability have been negatively affecting our economic activities and daily life as exemplified by the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 2011, and other natural disasters in Asia and the Pacific.

One of the projects IGES has been working on as a post-disaster recovery proposal is “how to build resilient local communities”, and under this theme, Session 1 of the seminar presented the “Idea of Green Coastal Levies” (keynote speech), field projects on climate change adaptation in Asia, and activities of the Asia-Pacific Adaptation Network Forum(*APAN). Session 2 featured a lively discussion, with reports on problems (obstacles to recovery for local industry, human resources to build community, new generations to link cities and local communities) that need to be overcome for rapid reconstruction in Rikuzentakata city, Iwate Prefecture, one of the disaster-affected localities, as well as discussion on the keynote speech from Dr. Akira Miyawaki, who proposes to build communities with disaster preparedness by using the rubble.
Date & Time
23 March 2012, 13:30-17:45
Venue
Yokohama Joho Bunka Centre, Jobun Hall
11 Nihon Odori Naka-ku Yokohama Kanagawa 231-0021
Organiser
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
Supporter
Kanagawa Pref. / Kanagawa Shimbun
Languages
English and Japanese with simultaneous interpretation
Participants
Approx. 90
Fee
Free

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Agenda
13:30-13:40
Opening remarks
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Hironori Hamanaka, Chair, IGES Board of Directors
13:40-14:40
Keynote Speech
"IDEA of GREEN COASTAL LEVEE Effective Handling of Debris and Nature Restoration"
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Speaker:Akira Miyawaki, Director, IGES-Japan Center for International Studies in Ecology (JISE) / Prof. Emeritus, Yokohama National University(9.2MB)(Japanese)
Commentator:Hideyuki Mori, President, IGES
14:40-16:00
Session1
"Building resilient society and climate change adaptation in Asia"
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Moderator:Yoshikazu Ikeda, Acting Director, Tokyo Office / Principal Researcher, Programme Management Office, IGES

Speakers:
1. "Role of Communities in Climate Change Adaptation"
Sanjaya Bhatia, Knowledge Management Officer, International Recovery Platform (312KB)
2. “Community Based Climate Change Adaptation and Risk Reduction in Asia”
Venkatachalam Anbumozhi, Capacity Building Specialist, Asian Development Bank Institute(1MB)
3. "Special Report : APAN Activities and the Adaptation Forum 2012"
Izumi Tsurita, Associate Researcher, Adaptation team, Natural Resources Management, IGES(447KB)

Commentator:
Kazuya Yasuhara,Researcher, Ibaraki University, Institute for Global Change Adaptation Science
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16:00-16:15
Break
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16:15-17:35
Session 2
"Challenges and actions to reconstruct local economy and community: Case of Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture"
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Moderator:Shinano Hayashi ,Deputy Director, Adaptation Team, Natural Resources Management Group, IGES

Panelist:
Obstacles to recovery for local industry
Katsuji Chida,
Oyster Farmer and Deputy Chair of the Rikuzentakata City Council
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Future communities, human resources to develop communities
Mitsuru Tamura,
President, Reminiscent Future Creation Corporation

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Young people returning from Tokyo - linking cities and local communities
Shoma Okamoto,
Local Director,
SAVE TAKATA(852KB)

Commentator: 
Masanori Kobayashi, Associate Professor, Yokohama National University Graduate School of Environment and Information Sciences

As well as the above topics, there was debate on subjects such as building community for the recovery of Rikuzentakata, the possibility of building levees using rubble and relocating to higher ground, as well as local community incentive plans.
17:35-17:45
Closing remarks
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Hideyuki Mori, President, IGES

*Asia Pacific Adaptation Network-APAN
The Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN) was launched as a part of the Global Adaptation Network (GAN) plan in October 2009 with initial support from the Government of Japan, the Government of Sweden and the Asian Development Bank, APAN is facilitated by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Asian Institute of Technology - UNEP Regional Resource Center for the Asia Pacific (AIT-UNEP RRC. AP), and the Institute for Global Environment Strategies (IGES) in partnership with other key actors in the region.
APAN Official Site
Contact:
  Research Support Section
The IGES Secretariat
E-mail

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