UNU-IAS Hosts ISAP 2018 Session on Sustainable Landscape & Seascape Management

  • 2018•08•21

    On 19 July 2018, UNU-IAS co-hosted a thematic session at the Tenth International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific (ISAP 2018). ISA{ is an annual two-day forum that brings together front-line experts and stakeholders from international organisations, governments, businesses and NGOs to discuss sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific, co-organised by UNU-IAS and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES).

    The focus of the session, Sustainable Production Landscapes and Seascapes for Biodiversity, Human Livelihoods and Well-being, was on key messages from the IPBES Regional Assessment for Asia and the Pacific, released in March, and case studies related to sustainable landscape management.

    Dr Kazuhiko Takeuchi, UNU-IAS Senior Visiting Professor and Chair of the IGES Board of Directors, opened the session with an explanation of Sustainable Regional Management through the Satoyama Initiative, a global effort (led in part by UNU-IAS) to preserve and harness the cultural and natural heritage and resources of landscapes and seascapes. This was followed by a panel session with speakers from around Asia, moderated by IGES Natural Resources and Ecosystem Services Area Programme Director Henry Scheyvens, which included  a framing presentation on the Satoyama Initiative given by the Coordinator of the UNU-IAS International Satoyama Initiative project, Eiji Tanaka.

    The session closed with commentary on the need for transformative actions that ensure human well-being in harmony with nature using an integrated landscape approach, in order to contribute to the achieving global sustainability goals, including the Sustainable Development Goals and Aichi Biodiversity Targets.

    For more, see the news story on the UNU-IAS website.