Operating Unit Ishikawa/Kanazawa

OUIK conducts research on the sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystem services

OUIK Headquarters

The UNU-IAS Operating Unit Ishikawa/Kanazawa (OUIK) provides local and regional input to the global sustainable development and biodiversity agendas and advances their local implementation. The unit engages and informs stakeholders including academic institutions, businesses, and municipalities through policy dialogue, public outreach and capacity development. Established in 2008, OUIK is supported by the governments of Ishikawa Prefecture and Kanazawa City in Japan.

OUIK research develops science-based and policy-relevant knowledge drawn from traditional rural landscapes in Japan known as satoyama and satoumi — where rich biodiversity supports people and their well-being — and their contribution to local culture, economy and education. The unit is also developing a sustainable model for urban nature through conservation that reflects links between biological and cultural diversity.

For more information, please visit the OUIK website.

Traditional Japanese garden clean-up

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