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    Japanese Center for International Studies in Ecology

Miyawaki, a professor emeritus at Yokohama National University, has spent his life promoting the benefits of native forests—more readily restored when land is damaged and more effective at fighting climate change than forests dominated by imported species. Now 87, he has planted 40 million trees in 15 countries, including new woodlands in his native Japan. The trees, it seems, are much better shields against a tsunami than concrete barriers.