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Kesen River and Hirota Bay Comprehensive and Fundamental Research

AJF Priority Area: Reconstruction

Country location: Japan

Grantee: Ecosystem Research Institute

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Dr Kenji Mochizuki installing a water temperature gage and other equipment in the oyster farm of the Hirota Bay, Rikuzen Takata City on 9 June 2019 (Credit: Dr Masayuki Komatsu)

Project description

The project conducts fundamental research on the interconnected nature of the marine, coastal, riparian and terrestrial ecosystems and also evaluates the impacts of the tsunami and reconstruction works on the local ecosystems after the 2011 Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami. The project aims to learn from Australia's experience in evaluating the impacts of human activities on the Great Barrier Reef and conserving the environment and ecosystems of the Great Barrier Reef through the research of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA). The project provides an opportunity for the Australian researcher of GBRMPA to deliver presentations on GBRMPA's research and activities through symposiums and meetings in Tokyo, Rikuzen Takata City, Sumita-cho and Ofunato City in Iwate Prefecture. Additionally, the project provides an opportunity for the Australian researcher to visit the project site, observe the present situation of reconstruction, give advice for restoration and educate local residents by explaining GBRMPA's activities and research.

Key dates

Symposium, town meeting, seminar, Rikuzen Takata City, Sumita-cho and Ofunato City in Iwate Prefecture, and Tokyo, 11/04/2019 to 20/04/2019

Australia-Japan Foundation grant: $15,000

Last Updated: 11 September 2019
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