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<< Back to: Member News: ICLEI e-News | issue 8, June - July 2007

Hirose River an integral part of Sendai

May 23, 2007

The Hirose River flows right through the city of Sendai (Japan).

It flows between valleys with a depth of a few to tens of metres. It is said to symbolize the strong will of the million citizens who live in the city of Sendai to preserve the natural environment.

Sendai considers its strengths as a city to be:

  • Nature – nature in symbiosis with tradition
  • Energy – the creative energy of its citizens
  • World – universal intellectual energy

The River also serves to connect citizens to their past. About 250 years ago, several hundred thousand people had starved to death in a famine. Every year then, lanterns are floated down the River to console the spirits of those who perished.

Because local government is tasked with service provision and ensuring that social and economic development needs within the carrying capacity of the biological resource base, local government is an important manager of global biodiversity. ICLEI has established the Local Action for Biodiversity (LAB) project to explore the best ways for local governments to engage in effective biodiversity protection, utilization and management. For more information on LAB, please visit www.iclei.org/biodiversity.

Sendai is one of 21 local governments in Japan that are currently Members of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability. For more information on ICLEI and its activities in Japan, please visit www.iclei.org/japan.

Source: Sendai New, March 2007.