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Monday, 18 March 2013, 11:00 - 12:30

The New Commons: Matching the Mis-Matches

Anantha Duraiappah
Executive Director, UN University International Human Dimensions Programme (IHDP)

Tohru Nakashizuka
Professor, Graduate School of Life Sciences at Tohoku University

Venue: 5F Meeting Room, International Organizations Center
Pacifico-Yokohama, 1-1-1 Minato Mirai
Nishi-ku, Yokohama

Event Description

The concept of a new “commons” has gained increasing prominence in recent years in the interdisciplinary scientific community. The Japan Satoyama Satoumi Assessment (JSSA) – a study of the interaction between humans and satoyama-satoumi ecosystems in Japan, conducted from 2007-2010 – suggests a new “commons” as a key to the success of a more integrated and holistic approach to ecosystem management. The new commons could be understood as a system of co-management of ecosystem services and biodiversity on private and public land, and as a single system to produce a bundle of ecosystem services for direct and indirect use by society.

This seminar will introduce the key findings from recent work on the new commons and explore ways and means of governing the new commons.

11:00 - 11:10 Opening Remarks and Introduction
11:10 - 11:50 The New Commons: Matching the Mis-Matches
Anantha Duraiappah (Executive Director, UNU-IHDP)
11:50 - 12:00 Comments from Discussant
Tohru Nakashizuka (Professor, Graduate School of Life Sciences, Tohoku University)
12:00 - 12:30 Q&A
Moderator: Kazu Takemoto (Senior Fellow and Programme Director, UNU-IAS; Director, UNU-IAS Operating Unit Ishikawa/Kanazawa)

Video and Audio Podcasts

Opening Remarks and Introduction
Govindan Parayil, UN University Vice-Rector and UNU-IAS Director

 [Archived Video3 minutes]; 

The New Commons: Matching the Mis-Matches
Anantha Duraiappah (Executive Director, UNU-IHDP)

 [Archived Video51 minutes];  [Archived Audio51 minutes]

Comments from Discussant
  [ Archived Video 
13 minutes];  [ Archived Audio13 minutes] 

  [ Archived Video 
33 minutes];  [ Archived Audio33 minutes]

Speakers' Biographies

Prof. Anantha Duraiappah is the Executive Director of the United Nations University-International Human Dimensions Programme (UNU-IHDP). He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Texas at Austin, and is an experienced environmental-development economist whose work largely focuses on the equity of access and use of ecosystem services. He is the founding director and continues to be the director of the Inclusive Wealth Report. In his previous post as Chief of the Ecosystem Services and Economics Unit of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), Prof. Duraiappah helped to initiate the Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and since then has played a pivotal role in its recent launch. He additionally served on the scientific committee of DIVERSITAS, one of the Earth System Science Partnership (ESSP) partners. He has authored books on environment and development, as well as articles in several internationally recognized journals. Prof. Duraiappah continues to successfully incorporate his expertise in science-policy interaction, economics, development and ecosystem services into his work at UNU-IHDP.

Prof. Tohru Nakashizuka was born in Niigata Prefecture in 1956, graduated from Chiba University in 1978, and received his PhD from Osaka City University. He started to work for the Forestry and Forest Research Institute of the Forest Agency Japan in 1985, and moved to the Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences in 1992. He then became a professor at the Center of Ecological Research at Kyoto University, in 1995, and moved to the Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN), when it was founded in 2001. After leading projects at RIHN for five years, he became a professor in the Graduate School of Life Sciences at Tohoku University, in 2006. He won the Award of The Japanese Forest Society in 2003, the Konosuke Matsushita Memorial Award of Flower Exposition in 2004, and the Midori Scientific Award from the Cabinet Office of the Government of Japan in 2007.

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