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release date:2015.10.20

River Cheering Squad in Kyushu (Watershed Management Laboratory (Professor Shimatani), Kyushu University) Wins an Excellence Award at the Japan Awards for Biodiversity

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On Tuesday, October 20, 2015, the award ceremony of the Japan Awards for Biodiversity was held at United Nations University (Shibuya-ku, Tokyo); a team from this university’s Watershed Management Laboratory (Professor Yukihiro Shimatani and Assistant Professor Hironori Hayashi) in the Department of Urban and Environmental Engineering (Faculty of Engineering) won an Excellence Award.
 The prize-winning project, entitled “Conservation and Restoration of Water Environments and the Activation of Regions,” was recognized for its substantial contribution to regional revitalization through enjoyable and wide-ranging domestic and international initiatives aimed at the conservation and restoration of biodiversity in river environments in partnership with a variety of organizations.
 The Japan Awards for Biodiversity is a Japanese award scheme founded by AEON Environmental Foundation in 2009, the year before the 10th meeting of the Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity was held in Japan, with the aim of recognizing outstanding initiatives contributing to the conservation of biodiversity and its sustainable use. This year, the fourth year of the awards, 126 projects were submitted for consideration by groups and individuals from across Japan and the River [A1] Cheering Squad in Kyushu (Watershed Management Laboratory (Professor Shimatani), Kyushu University) was one of just five projects to win an Excellence Award. The Grand Prix was awarded to the Yezo Deer Association (Hokkaido).

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The award ceremony (Professor Shimatani (center), Assistant Professor Hayashi (right))

Landscape hydrology model experiment to examine proposals for river improvement

Environmental studies class at a river restored with techniques proposed by Professor Shimatani’s laboratory.

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