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Urato Islands

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.

The Urato Islands DVD (Please click to see the movie)


The Urato Islands (2013) Photo taken by A. Minohara