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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.

A number of videos have been produced as outcomes of this work:

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


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