UNU-IAS to Host “Ecosystem Services and a Nature-Harmonious Society” Symposium

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  • 2012•01•16     Tokyo

    EVENT: International Symposium on “Ecosystem Services from Satoyama, Satochi and Satoumi Landscapes: Strategies for a Nature-Harmonious Society”

    DATE: Monday, 30 January 2012, 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM

    VENUE: United Nations University Headquarters, Tokyo

    ORGANIZERS: United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS), National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES), Yokohama National University, The University of Tokyo, and
    Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN)

    CO-ORGANIZER: Ministry of the Environment, Japan (MOEJ)


    • Japanese society faces new challenges in rebuilding a nature-harmonious society in rapidly changing global contexts. In particular, the changes following the Great East Japan Earthquake have raised a pressing question about how to overcome the damage and re-develop a pathway for managing ecosystem services and biodiversity while increasing the productivity of human activities.
    • The research project on Ecosystem Services Assessment of Satoyama, Satochi and Satoumi to Identify New Commons for Nature-Harmonious Society, supported by the MOEJ, seeks to provide national policy options for rebuilding a nature-harmonious society. This symposium will present the project’s research findings and discuss modalities in which the ecosystem services from Japanese landscapes can be used and managed on a sustainable basis in today’s globalized and changing world.
    • The symposium will include two keynote lectures, several presentations by representatives of the organizers, a special forum on the Great East Japan Earthquake’s impacts and rehabilitation efforts, and a roundtable discussion on a pathway for a nature-harmonious society.
    • Simultaneous Japanese–English interpretation will be provided. For more information and a programme, see http://www.ias.unu.edu/sub_page.aspx?catID=8&ddlID=1973.
    • For those unable to attend, the symposium will be webcast.

    Media representatives are cordially invited to attend. To reserve your space, please contact Yukie Shibata, UNU-IAS (tel: 045-221-2315; e-mail: shibata@ias.unu.edu).