UNU-IAS ISI has been a participant in an IPSI Collaborative Activity with the Graduate School of Life Sciences, Tohoku University, CEPA Japan, Brother Sales Ltd., Canon Inc., DELL Japan, Hewlett-Packard Japan, Ltd., Lexmark International K.K., Seiko Epson Corporation and the Ministry of the Environment, Japan (MoEJ). The activity is based in the Urato Islands in northeastern Japan – an area that was heavily damaged in the 11 March 2011 earthquake and tsunami – with the purpose to develop an optimal model for rebuilding, restoring and revitalizing disaster-affected communities in a sustainable manner with consideration for ecosystem services while exploring solutions to long-standing challenges that local communities had already been facing before the disaster.
A number of videos have been produced as outcomes of this work:
- Bouncing Back from Disaster – Working with Nature to Create a Brighter Future for the Urato Islands (2015)
- Urato, Home of Oysters (2015, Japanese language only)
- Urato, Beautiful Islands (2015, Japanese language only)
- Connecting People through the Blessings of Satoyama and Satoumi (2018)