Norie Tamura, FEAST Senior Researcher, was invited as a lecturer to the 34th International Symposium on the Okhotsk Sea & Polar Oceans 2019 held in Monbetsu City, Hokkaido from February 17th to 22nd. At its side event “Open Lecture: The Symposium on Forest-Ocean Linkage (tentative English title)” on the 20th, which was supported by a network of assembly members to promote forest, forestry and forest industry in Abashiri area and drew about 100 participants, she gave a lecture entitled “How important forests are to us: To enhance the socially beneficial functions of forest and foster forestry into a growth sector (tentative English title)”.
In her lecture, she introduced a wide range of problems and topics regarding forest and forestry. She pointed out that a human-induced fragmentation of the natural environment could not only increase the possibility of natural disaster, but also could lead to a fragmentation in our society. Then, while she showcased how fishermen started tree planting activities in the Okhotsk area in earlier dats even compared to other international cases, she emphasized that a good forest could contribute to the development of a good community.
An article about this lecture was featured in a local newspaper in Monbetsu City, Hokkai Minyu Newspaper.
“Enhance the socially beneficial functions of forestry and develop it into a growth sector”: Symposium on forest-ocean linkage. Visioning the future of forestry. Hokkai Minyu Newspaper, 2019.02.24, (2).