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Thursday, 21 March 2013, 13:00 – 16:30 (Registration opens at 12:30)

UNU-IAS OUIK “Satoyama and Satoumi” Project Public Symposium
The New Commons: Governing Satoyama-Satoumi Landscapes
for Human Well-Being

Venue: Large Meeting Room, Kanazawa Bunka Hall, 3F, Kanazawa, Japan

Organized by: UNU-IAS Operating Unit Ishikawa/Kanazawa (OUIK)

Co-organized by: Institute of Nature and Environmental Technology of Kanazawa University
Satoyama-Satoumi Project of Kanazawa University

Supported by: Ishikawa Prefectural Government
Noto’s Satoyama and Satoumi Noto Regional GIAHS Executive Committee

Event Description 

Event language: English and Japanese (simultaneous interpretation)

Satoyama and satoumi landscapes feature a mosaic composition of different ecosystem types that have been managed to produce bundles of ecosystem services for human well-being. “Noto’s Satoyama and Satoumi“ was designated as a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) site in June 2011, reflecting the collective strengths of this region, including biodiversity, spectacular scenery, traditional agricultural, forestry and fishing technologies, and farming-related cultural and religious festivals that have been locally nurtured and sustained through history. This designation represents the high value and international importance associated with these landscapes, which needs to be passed on to future generations through dynamic conservation efforts. However, local communities face challenges to continuously manage these landscapes due to various factors including a rapidly aging population, depopulation, and abandonment of cultivation practices. This crisis of locally-adapted management practices in satoyama and satoumi landscapes can be considered as a demise of the “commons.”

The symposium will convene a variety of stakeholders including experts from Japan and abroad to discuss an innovative way towards sustainable use and management of satoyama and satoumi landscapes in Ishikawa.

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13:00 - 13:10 Opening Remarks 

Kazuhiko Takemoto (Director, UNU-IAS OUIK)

13:10 - 13:50 Keynote Lecture 1: The New Commons – Matching the Mis-Matches

Anantha Kumar Duraiappah (Executive Director, UN University International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (UNU-IHDP))

13:50 - 14:10 Keynote Lecture 2: Significance of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services for Human Well-Being

Tohru Nakashizuka (Professor, Graduate School of Life Sciences, Tohoku University)
14:10 - 14:30 Keynote Lecture 3: Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services Assessment for Human Well-Being in Ishikawa

Koji Nakamura (Professor, Deputy President and Director of Institute of Nature and Environmental Technology, Kanazawa University/Visiting Professor, UNU-IAS)

14:30 - 14:50 Coffee Break
14:50 - 16:30 Panel Discussion: Governing Satoyama-Satoumi Landscapes in Ishikawa – Emerging Challenges and Opportunities

Moderator: Kazuhiko Takemoto

· Yoshinari Ohtsumi (Vice-Chair, The Wajima Chamber of Commerce and Industry / President, Ohtsumi Marine Products)
· Shinjiro Imura (President, Kanazawa Agriculture / President, Kanazawa Daichi Co. Ltd. / President, Asian Agriculture)
· Satoyama Creation Office, Environmental Department, Ishikawa Prefectural Government (TBC)
· Anantha Kumar Duraiappah
· Tohru Nakashizuka
· Koji Nakamura

16:30 Adjourn

Registration is free and open to the public. For further information, please contact UNU-IAS OUIK at 
unu-iasouik[at] or 076-224-2266.
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