Connecting Local Stakeholders through ESD

  • DATE / TIME:
    2014•11•12    09:00 - 11:30

    On 12 November 2014, the UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), the Ministry of the Environment of Japan, and the Global Environmental Outreach Centre (GEOC) will co-organize the international conference Connecting Local Stakeholders through Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). This conference will be held as one of the side events organized by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan during the UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development.

    In order to further roll out ESD activities at the community level, increased utilization of local facilities and resources — including zoos, museums, community centres and parks — has been envisaged by experts and practitioners. This conference will discuss how partnerships can be enhanced with local resources, which can play a significant role as a field and/or means of ESD activities, in close collaboration with two existing hubs: the Regional Centres of Expertise facilitated by UNU-IAS, and the Environmental Partnership Office managed by the Ministry of the Environment of Japan.

    The conference will feature presentations, case reports and a panel discussion by experts who have engaged in ESD activities and environmental education. Paticipants will discuss the challenges and future directions of partnerships among local stakeholders, with a focus on the Tohoku region of Japan. This conference aims to propose an advanced model for local collaboration on ESD that showcases and connects various ESD activities by leveraging existing community facilities.

    Japanese–English simultaneous interpretation will be provided.


    To register, please email with your full name, date of birth, email address, mailing address, phone number, and affiliation.


    9:00   Opening Remarks

    9:03   Briefing by the Coordinator

    Yukihiko Oikawa (Researcher, Research Center for Education in International Understanding, Miyagi University of Education / Senior Advisor, SEEDS Asia)

    9:10   Presentations by Resource Persons

    • Yoshiyuki Nagata (Associate Professor, University of the Sacred Heart)
    • Abel Atiti (Research Fellow, UNU-IAS)

    9:30   Case Reports

    • Chiemi Saito (Professor, Environmental Education Center, Miyagi University of Education)
    • Toshikatsu Ouchi (Director, Yagiyama Zoological Park)
    • Koji Kobayashi (Administrative Chief, Miyagi Environmental Life Out-reach Network)
    • Kyoji Takubo (Artist)
    • Takeharu Shumiya (The Nature Conservation Society of Japan / Japanese Coordinating Committee for MAB)
    • Tomoko Hoshino (Executive Director, Environmental Partnership Council)

    10:25   Panel Discussion

    11:30   Closing

    Moderator: Tsunao Watanabe (Senior Programme Coordinator, UNU-IAS)

  • Conference Room 135
    Nagoya Congress Center
    1-1 Atsuta Nishimachi, Atsuta-ku
    Nagoya, Aichi 456-0036