The concept of a new “commons” has gained increasing prominence in recent years in the interdisciplinary scientific community. The Japan Satoyama Satoumi Assessment — a study of the interaction between humans and satoyama-satoumi ecosystems in Japan, conducted from 2007–2010 — suggests a new commons as a key to the success of a more integrated and holistic approach to ecosystem management. The new commons could be understood as a system of co-management of ecosystem services and biodiversity on private and public land, and as a single system to produce a bundle of ecosystem services for direct and indirect use by society.
This seminar will introduce the key findings from recent work on the new commons and explore ways and means of governing the new commons.
The speaker will be Prof. Anantha Duraiappah, Executive Director of the UNU International Human Dimensions Programme. Prof. Tohru Nakashizuka of the Graduate School of Life Sciences, Tohoku University, will contribute as a discussant.
For more information, or to register to attend, see the event announcement on the UNU-IAS website.
UNU-IAS, Yokohama, Japan