UNU-IAS will organise a symposium to discuss nature-based solutions to environmental challenges from global and local perspectives, focusing on biodiversity restoration and urban climate policy. The event will examine the outcomes of the 2022 UN Climate Change Conference (COP27) and the 2022 UN Biodiversity Conference (COP 15), as well as sustainability efforts in Kanazawa City, Japan to highlight the benefits of urban nature. It will also discuss the challenges and opportunities for youth and adults to join forces and work together for a more sustainable future.
Participation & Registration
Participation is open, but please register in advance. This event will be held in the Main Conference Room of the Kanazawa Culture Hall in Kanazawa, Japan.
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This event will be held in English and Japanese with simultaneous interpretation provided.
13:30 Opening Remarks
- Tsunao Watanabe (Senior Programme Coordinator, UNU-IAS)
13:35 Greetings from Kanazawa City
13:40 Keynote Presentation 1
- Kazuhiko Takeuchi (Director, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies): Global Agenda and Local Implementation
14:00 Keynote Presentation 2
- Thomas Elmqvist (Professor, Stockholm Resilience Center ): New Trends in Urban Ecosystem Services
14:35–15:55 Panelist Presentations & Discussion
Moderator: Tsunao Watanabe
- Himangana Gupta (Research Fellow and Academic Associate, UNU-IAS): COPs Review and Nature-based Solutions
- Juan Pastor-Ivars (Research Associate, UNU-IAS): SUN Project and Urban Nature Benefits
- Motofumi Marui (Professor, Kanazawa Institute of Technology): Heat Island Mitigation through Urban Nature
- Mana Saza (Director, SWiTCH Association of Sustainability): Action by Japanese Youth to Create a Wave for Sustainability in Japan
15:55 Closing Remarks
- Koji Nakamura (Professor Emeritus, Kanazawa University)
Please refer to the event flyer for further details.