Last updated: January 12, 2022

RCE Greater Sendai

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Rce details
Date of RCE acknowledgement:
June, 2005
Description of RCE and Geographic Region:

RCE Greater Sendai strives to practice ESD adapted to the distinctive characteristics of the rural city of Osaki, the coastal city of Kesennuma and the metropolitan city of Sendai. These three municipalities have unique elements that add to the diversity of the RCE's work. Sendai is a bustling hub of activity, with roughly one million inhabitants, at the centre of the Tohoku district, 300km from Tokyo. The city of Kesennuma lies approximately 80km northeast of Sendai and is famous for its fishing port and for being Japan's first Slow Food City. The city of Osaki, approximately 50km north of Sendai, is known for its abundant rice production.

Goals and Objectives:


Developing ESD/SDGs activity by networking with each regional network as follows:

  • Specific activities include promoting nature conservation; reduction of wastes and environmental education in the urban area of Sendai; wetland conservation and regional development based on wet-paddy rice agriculture in Osaki city, named a GIAHS site;  
  • integrated, systematic environmental education at all levels of schools, protection of the marine environment and eco-tourism in Kesennuma City, which were damaged by the earthquake on 11 March, 2011. In addition, a local knowledge base has been created to provide ESD actors with the latest scientific information, learning materials and good practices.


  • The objective of RCE Greater Sendai is to practice ESD based on regional characteristics by starting from environmental education aiming at a recycling-based society, and later expanding the scope to wider ESD issues. 
Organisation Hosting RCE Secretariat:

Miyagi University of Education

Key Partners:

Name of organisation: Miyagi University of Education
Role: Centre of RCE network
Contact name: Takaaki Koganezawa, Tomonori Ichinose
Contact email: t-koga,

Name of organisation: FEEL Sendai
Role: Centre of ESD activity in Sendai area
Contact name: Ayaka Satou
Contact email:

Name of organisation: Board of education in Kesennuma city
Role: Centre of ESD activity in Kesennuma area
Contact name: Hirohumi Onodera
Contact email:

Name of organisation: GIAHS promotion Division, Osaki city
Role: Centre of ESD activity in Osaki area
Contact name: Naoki Takahasi
Contact email:

Name of organisation: NPO MIZUMORI no SATO
Role: Centre of ESD activity in Shiroishi Shichigasyuku area
Contact name: Setuo Kaitou
Contact email:

Current Activities:
  • FEEL Sendai - Youth college for ESD, SDGs (10 students)
  • Kesennuma city - UNESCO school teachers meeting

Kesennuma meeting with school teachers and members of the regional community (Photo credit: RCE Greater Sendai)

Upcoming Activities:
  • Miyagi University of Education - Tohoku region Miyagi Pref. UNESCO School meeting on 16th November, 2018
  • FEEL Sendai - Environmental Forum in Sendai on 2nd December, 2018
  • Kesennuma city - ESD circle table meeting for School and regional community on 2nd November, 2018
  • Osaki city - Meeting about GIAHS (Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems) in Osaki city in January 2019

Igune school in Sendai area (Photo credit: RCE Greater Sendai)

  • Each region has many UNESCO schools
  • Kesennnuma area is a slow food city
  • Miyagi University of Education is a UNESCO school and hub of UNESCO schools in the Tohoku district
  • Osaki city is certificated as a GIAHS (Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems) area
  • RCE Greater Sendai is a member of ESD-J

This program is for primary students to learn about traditional life styles - harvesting rice and making rice cake 'mochituki' (Photo credit: RCE Greater Sendai)

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Contact Details
Main RCE Contact:
Takaaki Koganezawa
Secondary RCE Contact:
Tomonori Ichinose
RCE Youth Coordinator(s):
Setuo Kaitou
General RCE email:
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