Symposium on Disasters and the Environment – The Discipline of ‘Environmental Emergency Research’ following the 2011 Tohoku Disaster –


February 9, 2015
Fukushima Project Office,
National Institute for Environmental Studies

The National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES), has been engaged in a wide scope of research activities towards the reconstruction and regeneration of Fukushima since the direct aftermath of the 2011 Tohoku Disaster. In order to further promote forthcoming research activity rooted at the local level, we are scheduled to open a NIES Fukushima Branch in Fiscal Year 2016, to be located in the Fukushima Prefectural Center for Environmental Creation currently being promoted and developed by Fukushima Prefecture in Miharu Town.

On this occasion, NIES will host a symposium centered on topics of disaster environment research, on March 17, during "The 3rd United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction" from March 14 to March 18, 2015 in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture.

At this symposium, we will invite outside experts to deliver lectures on disasters and the environment, as well as introducing various NIES initiatives in the areas affected by the 2011 Tohoku Disaster (“Environmental Emergency Research”). In addition, on the basis of lessons and perspectives gained on disasters and the environment through our various activities following the 2011 Tohoku Disaster, we will discuss a framework towards increased resilience in the face of future disasters, as well as the consolidation and practical implementation of Environmental Emergency Research.

1.Symposium Overview

Date: March 17, 2015
Time: 17:30 – 19:40 (Registration 17:15~)
Venue : Room 601, Tokyo Electron Hall Miyagi, 3-3-7 Kokubuncho, Aoba, Sendai, Miyagi 980-0803 JAPAN

2. Program  ※ Japanese and English simultaneous interpretation will be provided

17:30 – 17:40  Opening Remarks and Welcome Address

President. Akimasa SUMI (NIES)

17:40 – 18:15  Environmental and Disaster Risk Reduction (provisional title)

Professor Matthias GARSCHAGEN (United Nations University)

18:15 – 18:50  Catastrophic Disasters and the Environment (provisional title)

Professor Yoshiaki KAWATA (Kansai University)

18:50 – 18:55  Break

18:55 – 19:35  Panel Discussion

19:35 – 19:40  Closing Remarks

Vice President Hideo HARASAWA (NIES)

3. Registration

All are welcome to participate in the symposium. Please complete registration from the following site. Participation is free of charge.
(200 person capacity)
※ Same day registration may also be possible, dependent on the availability of spaces.

4. The 3rd United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction URL