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Monday, 30 January 2012, 10:00-17:30 (Registration opens at 9:30)

Environment Research & Technology Development Fund of the Ministry of the Environment, Japan
"Ecosystem Services Assessment of Satoyama, Satochi, and Satoumi to Identify a New Commons for a Nature-Harmonious Society"


International Symposium

Ecosystem Services from Satoyama, Satochi, and Satoumi Landscapes: Strategies for a Nature-Harmonious Society


Venue: Elizabeth Rose Conference Hall, 5F, UNU Headquarters, Tokyo

Organized by: United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS)
National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES)
Yokohama National University
The University of Tokyo
Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN)

Co-organized by: Ministry of the Environment, Japan

*Live webcasting of this event will be available here.


Symposium Description
Language: English and Japanese (simultaneous interpretation)

Japanese society has been facing new challenges to rebuild a nature-harmonious society under rapidly changing global contexts so as to sustainably reap the full rewards of natural resources without losing biodiversity. In particular, the enormous damages following the Great East Japan Earthquake, which occurred on 11 March 2011, have forced behavioural and policy changes in natural resource use, and also have requisitely driven us to rethink the relationship between humans and nature. These changes have raised a pressing question about how to overcome the damages and re-develop a pathway for using and managing ecosystem services and biodiversity while increasing or sustaining the productivity of human activities including agriculture, forestry, and fishery.

The three-year research project of “Ecosystem Services Assessment of Satoyama, Satochi, and Satoumi to Identify a New Commons for a Nature-Harmonious Society,” supported by the Environment Research and Technology Development Fund of the Ministry of the Environment, Japan (E-0902), has been undertaken since 2009. This research is intended to assess the ecosystem services derived from satoyama, satochi, and satoumi landscapes (socio-ecological production landscapes in Japan) and to propose modalities in managing biodiversity and ecosystem services as a new commons to finally provide policy options for realizing a nature-harmonious society.

The objectives of the symposium are to present the findings of this research project and to discuss modalities in which the ecosystem services from those landscapes can be used and managed on a sustainable basis under today’s globalized and changing world. In addition to the key research findings, this symposium will present international perspectives and insights on the ecosystem services from the Japanese landscapes. It will also look at the implications of the recent disaster and its impacts on the ecosystem services to explore policy options for a nature-harmonious society.

The symposium will also serve as the second advisory board meeting of the research project for the fiscal year of 2011.

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Programme

10:00 – 10:10 Opening Remarks
Kazuhiko Takemoto― Programme Director, UNU-IAS
Tsunao Watanabe ― Director General, Nature Conservation Bureau, Ministry of the Environment
Masataka Watanabe ― Visiting Professor, UNU-IAS/ Professor, Keio University

Session 1: Keynote Lecture and Presentations
Session Chair: Koji Nakamura― Professor, Deputy President (Regional Collaboration), and Director of Institute of Nature and Environmental Technology, Kanazawa University / Visiting Professor, UNU-IAS

10:10 – 11:10 Keynote Lecture 1: Valuing Ecosystem Services: Satoyama and Satoumi Landscapes
Anantha Kumar Duraiappah ―Executive Director, International Human Dimension Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP)
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11:10 – 11:25 Long-term Trends and Future Risks of Satoyama and Satoumi Landscapes
Hiroyuki Matsuda ― Professor, Graduate School of Environment and Information Science, Yokohama National University
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11:25 – 11:40 Integrated Assessment of Multi-Functionality and Biodiversity of Satoyama and Satochi Landscapes
Toshiya Okuro ― Associate Professor, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo
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11:40 – 12:00 Cultural Values of Satoyama and Satoumi Landscapes and a New Commons
Takakazu Yumoto ― Professor, RIHN
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Tomoya Akimichi ― Professor, RIHN
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12:00– 12:30 Integrated Assessment System for Evaluating Ecosystem Services from Satoyama and Satoumi Landscapes
Masataka Watanabe ― Visiting Professor, UNU-IAS/ Professor, Keio University
Shiro Takeda ― Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Kanto Gakuen University
Tomohiro Okadera ― Researcher, Center for Regional Environmental Research, NIES
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12:30 – 13:30 Lunch Break

Session 2: Keynote Lecture and Special Forum
Session Chair: Ryohei Kada ― Professor, RIHN/ Visiting Professor, Yokohama National University

13:30– 14:30 Keynote Lecture 2: Governance of Social-Ecological Systems in an Interlinked World
Eduardo S. Brondizio ―Professor and Chair, Department of Anthropology, Indiana University – Bloomington
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14:30– 15:50 Special Forum “Great East Japan Earthquake’s Impacts and Revitalization of the Ecosystem Services from Satoyama and Satoumi Landscapes”

"Tsunami Disasters and Coastal Zone Protections"
Tomoya Shibayama― Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Director, Composed Crisis Research Institute, Waseda University
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"Fallout Radionuclide Damages in Satoyama by Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Accident and Future Prospects"
Yuichi Onda ― Professor, Department of Integrative Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Tsukuba
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"Tsunami Disasters and Rebuilding of Fishing Communities and Coastal Fisheries"
Tomoya Akimichi ― Professor, RIHN
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"New Sanriku Fukko (Reconstruction) National Park (Tentative) in Harmony with Satoyama and Satoumi Landscapes"
Tsunao Watanabe ― Director General, Nature Conservation Bureau, Ministry of the Environment
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15:50 – 16:10 Coffee Break
Session 3: Roundtable Discussion and Comments
16:10 – 17:15

Roundtable Discussion: A Pathway for a Nature-Harmonious Society
Moderator: Masataka Watanabe ― Visiting Professor, UNU-IAS/ Professor, Keio University

  • Tomoya Akimichi ― Professor, RIHN
  • Eduardo S. Brondizio ―Professor and Chair, Department of Anthropology, Indiana University – Bloomington
  • Anantha Kumar Duraiappah ―Executive Director, IHDP
  • Ryohei Kada ― Professor, RIHN/ Visiting Professor, Yokohama National University Download PPT
  • Koji Nakamura ― Professor, Deputy President (Regional Collaboration), and Director of Institute of Nature and Environmental Technology, Kanazawa University / Visiting Professor, UNU-IAS
  • Hiroyuki Matsuda ― Professor, Graduate School of Environment and Information Science, Yokohama National University
  • Kazuhiko Takeuchi ― Vice Rector, UNU/ Professor, Graduate School of Agricultural & Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo/ Visiting Professor, UNU-IAS
  • Tsunao Watanabe ― Director General, Nature Conservation Bureau, Ministry of the Environment
  • Takakazu Yumoto ― Professor, RIHN
17:15– 17:30 Comments
Kanemi Ban― Professor, Graduate School of Economics, Osaka University
Yukihiro Morimoto―Professor, Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies and Graduate School of Agriculture, Kyoto University
17:30 Closing

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