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Biodiversity is life. Biodiversity is our life.


The United Nations declared 2010 to be the International Year of Biodiversity. It is a celebration of life on earth and of the value of biodiversity for our lives. People all over the world are working to safeguard this irreplaceable natural wealth and reduce biodiversity loss.

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UNU-IAS and Biodiversity

The United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) works at the intersection of environment and society to meet the challenges of sustainability through advanced research, policy advice, and capacity development and training. In particular over the years, UNU-IAS has developed expertise on issues of the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity.

UNU-IAS has a long history of close collaboration with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), primarily through the research and programme work of the Biodiplomacy Initiative, a flagship UNU-IAS research programme. Other programmes with particularly strong linkages include Global Marine Governance, Traditional Knowledge Initiative, Ecosystem Services Assessment, Satoyama Initiative, and UNU-IAS Operating Unit Ishikawa/Kanazawa. UNU-IAS has provided substantive inputs over its years and its staff act as experts in various areas of the CBD process. UNU-IAS has a wealth of bioscience policy research to help policy-makers focus on the urgent challenges ahead, and is convening and facilitating consultations and issue-based dialogues with various stakeholders at multiple levels and spheres.

Relevant areas of work include, but are not limited to, in no particular order:

  • Climate Change and Biodiversity
  • Access to and use of Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing (ABS)
  • Polar Issues
  • National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs)
  • Biotechnology/Biosafety
  • Ecosystem approach in Oceans and Coasts
  • Conservation, Sustainable use, and Benefit Sharing of Marine Genetic Resources
  • Climate Change and Oceans
  • Traditional Marine Management
  • Traditional Knowledge and Water Management
  • Traditional Knowledge and Natural Resources
  • Japan Sub-global Assessment on Satoyama and Satoumi
  • Millennium Ecosystem Services Assessment (MA) Sub-global Follow-up
  • Ecosystem Services Assessment and New Commons
  • Satoyama Initiative
  • Traditional Knowledge in Satoyama/Satoumi
  • Ecosystem Services of Urban Landscapes

Given UNU-IAS’ longstanding biodiversity work and with Japan to host the Tenth Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 10), to be held in October 2010 in Aichi, Nagoya, the Institute looks forward to actively engage and contribute through numerous official side events and publish several policy-relevant reports, as well as draw media attention to capture key COP 10 related UNU-IAS dialogues.

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