UNU Press to Host an Interactive Seminar on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

  • 2012•04•06     Tokyo

    EVENT: UNU Interactive Seminar on Global Issues #15

    THEME: Assessing Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Reflections on Satoyama-Satoumi

    DATE: Wednesday, 11 April 2012, 3:00 – 5:00 PM

    VENUE: United Nations University Headquarters, Tokyo

    ORGANIZER: United Nations University Press

    • In this seminar, Prof. Kazuhiko Takeuchi (UNU Vice-Rector) and Prof. Koji Nakamura (Professor, Kanazawa University) — co-editors of the recently published UNU Press book Satoyama-Satoumi Ecosystems and Human Well-Being: Socio-Ecological Production Landscapes of Japan — will discuss the role of scientific assessments in biodiversity and ecosystem services.
    • In particular, the speakers will explain how the Japan Satoyama/Satoumi Assessment (JSSA) employed traditional Japanese land management practices to develop scientifically credible and policy-relevant information on the significance of ecosystem services and their contributions to human well-being. They will show how the JSSA provided policymakers with important information on possible future trends in ecosystem services as well as a scientific basis for using the satoyama and satoumi concepts in local, national and international contexts.
    • They also will highlight the recent International Science Workshop on Assessments for the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), and explain why the IPBES is set to become the pre-eminent and authoritative source of international assessment in the area of biodiversity and ecosystem services.
    • Following the presentations will be discussant comments by Prof. Kazuhiro Kogure (Vice Director of the Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute and the Ocean Alliance, University of Tokyo). The seminar will conclude with a general discussion among the speakers and audience, followed by a reception.

    Media representatives are cordially invited to attend. For more information, or to register to attend, please see http://unu.edu/events/2012/isgi-xv.html.