Regeneration of coastal forests affected by tsunami(2015/10/16)

In the recent World Forestry Congress, Japan Forestry Agency and JICA organized the side event titled CHISAN – Evolving Japanese traditional ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction technology.

This post introduces a presentation "Regeneration of coastal forests affected by tsunami" by Dr. Tomoki Sakamoto, Tohoku Research Center of the Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute.

Introduction
On March 11, 2011, 14:46, a huge earthquake centered off the Sanriku coast occurred, resulting in a large tsunami and that led to the worst disaster of the postwar period on the Pacific coast in east Japan. Many lives and much property and social infrastructures were destroyed. Coastal forests were also considerably affected in a wide area between Aomori and Chiba Prefectures. In particular, forests located between Iwate and Fukushima Prefectures were severely damaged. The forests had served as a form of disaster prevention against wind, tide, and blown sand as well as provided landscape amenities and places for recreation until their multifaceted functions were entirely lost. Considering these lost functions, regeneration of these coastal forests is essential in the postearthquake recovery process. It is desirable that these forests be regenerated not only for restoring them to their condition before the tsunami but also for improving them

The full version of research report is uploaded in FFPRI's website
https://www.ffpri.affrc.go.jp/pubs/chukiseika/documents/3rd-chuukiseika29.pdf