Restoration of marine resources and ecosystem; Mori wa Umi no Koibito


The NPO “Mori wa Umi no Koibito” (The Forest is longing for the sea, the sea is longing for the Forest), aims to promote the natural ecological link between forests and the ocean.
The group is engaged in three areas including environmental education, forest management and nature conservation around Kesennuma area in Miyagi prefecture. Their slogan is “let’s rise human links from the nature links”.
The group plants trees in the upper area of Okawa river believing that conservation of the forests in the upper area is necessary to conserve the river whose rich water sheds into the sea aiding the growth and development of oysters.
After the Great East Japan Earthquake, the NPO is trying to restart oyster cultivation and monitoring impacts to the ecosystem. It is partnering with the local government, fishermen, researchers, enterprises and young generations to achieve their goals. It is also engaged in community development that utilizes natural environment without building protection walls.

Points about the partnership

The activity has been developed so that it can be easily understood that conserving the forest results in conserving the sea.


Based on efforts at ‘co-action’ (cooperative action) by diverse actors


The Great East Japan Earthquake


NPO Mori wa Umi no Koibito


Community groups, citizen’s groups, enterprises