Asian River Restoration Network (ARRN)

The Asian River Restoration Network was established in Nov. 2006 to support the exchange of information relating to environmental restoration of rivers and watersheds. JRRN has a role of ARRN secretariat currently.

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Lofty Chuoh Bldg., 7th Flr.

17-24, Shinkawa 1cho-me, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0033, JAPAN

Foundation for Riverfront Improvement and Restoration
Tel: +81-3-6228-3860
Fax: +81-3-3523-0640


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Assisting Taiwanese technical training program (July 8, 2009, Tokyo, JAPAN)

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Lecture Participants

On July 8 (Wed.), 2009, a group of practical engineers from the Water Resources Agency, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Government of Taiwan (Chinese Taipei), came to Japan to participate in a training program which gives information on efforts for river environment improvement in Japan, which was conducted by the JRRN Secretariat and the Foundation for Riverfront Improvement and Restoration.

In Taiwan, projects for river environment restoration have recently been carried out throughout the country, including the recent release of a website covering information on river restoration by a public agency. Therefore, we think that the above training program was a good opportunity to learn about the latest Japanese measures, etc., in the field of river environment, including nature-oriented river management and nature restoration projects.

3rd JRRN Mini-Seminar on River Environment: Endemism of Asia Revealed by Environmental Flows (May 13, 2009: Tokyo)


Dr. Naoki Shirakawa

- Dr. Naoki Shirakawa (Tsukuba University)
- Date : May 13, 2009, 15:30 - 17:30
- Venue : Foundation for Riverfront Improvement and Restoration, JAPAN

On Wednesday, May 13, 2009, JRRN hosted the Third JRRN Mini-Seminar, the “Endemism of Asia Revealed by Environmental Flows.” ARRN Technical Committee Member Dr. Shirakawa gave a lecture, and the JRRN Secretary explained the “Reference Guideline for Restoration by Eco-Compatible Approach in River Basin ver.1” There was an active exchange of opinions with participants.

Dr. Shirakawa gave a lecture concerning the concept of environmental flow and their setting methods, as well as relations between rivers and civilization in Asia, using the keywords: change and disturbance, and explained the concept that helps to address river environmental restoration. The JRRN Secretariat explained the process involved in the writing of the guideline and its basic ideas, and reported on the collection of case examples of river restoration, which was carried out in parallel with the writing of the guideline.

In an exchange of opinions after the lecture, some asked questions about the definition of the term “environmental flow” and its historical background, while others gave precious opinions concerning the future development of the “Guideline.” The discussion was meaningful for future efforts for river environmental restoration.

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