Disaster and Biodiversity (DAB) background

One of the peculiar features of the current human and earth history is that human acitvities have reached to the level that could cause disasters. Possibly originated from human activities, huge storms, sea-water raise, and other unpredictable climate fluctuations caused serious biodiversity loss which is disadvantageous to the local as well as global economy. Recent natural disasters that have occurred wroldwide, though incidental,  even caused human-based second disasters such as the Fukushima atomic pollution. Disasters, irrespective of natural or anthropogenic, destroy local biodiveristy, ecosystems that provide ecological services and human life and culture. The 3.11 earthquake and subsequent disasters in Japan in 2011 gave us an opportunity to think and act seriously and globally on this issue. Similar disasters have recently occurred in various countries, e.g. China, Indonesia, New Zealand, and Chile. It is time that international academic societies should deal with this issue.

Articles published on that topic

As the topic is rather novel based on recent incidents, only a limited number of articles are published in Japanese.

Iwatsuki, K and A Domoto (Eds.) (2012): Saigai to Seibututayousei (Disaster and Biociversity). Biodiversity Network of Japan, Tokyo. 150 pp. (in Japanese, partial English translation in prep.)

Harufumi Nishida (2011): Why we should take care of museums and specimens after the catastrophic disaster? In: Academic response to the Great East Japan Earthquake. Trends in the Sciences 16(12): 34-35, Japan Science Support Foundation, Tokyo. (in Japanese)