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Tuesday, 28 May 2013, 13:00 – 17:00 (Registration opens at 12:30)

UNU-IAS OUIK “Sustainable Primary Industries (SPI)” Project
International GIAHS Workshop

Experiences and Lessons of Dynamic Conservation and Sustainable Development from Asian GIAHS Pilot Sites

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

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

Co-Organized by: United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP),
Sustainability Science Consortium (SSC)

Supported by: Ishikawa Prefecture (TBD), Kanazawa University (TBD),
Noto’s Satoyama and Satoumi Noto Regional GIAHS Executive Committee (TBD),

Event Description

Event language: English and Japanese (simultaneous interpretation)

Through thousands of years of farming, China, Korea and Japan have developed diverse agro-ecosystems and related cultures. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has designated six pilot sites in China and two in Japan as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage systems (GIAHS) sites for dynamic conservation and adaptive management. In addition, more sites in China and Japan are under consideration for GIAHS designations, and a Korean site is also planning to apply. However, traditional agriculture is also facing threats such as globalization and conventional farming. There is an urgent need to strengthen conservation and the sustainable use of biodiversity and natural resources of satoyama and satoumi landscapes.

This workshop will bring together experts from China, Korea and Japan, as well as local residents, to share experiences and lessons learned regarding biodiversity conservation and rural development from participants’ respective GIAHS sites. Japanese stakeholders from a wide range of sectors will also be invited to exchange opinions with the experts on what aspects of Noto’s satoyama and satoumi landscapes should be given conservation priority, and which aspects should be utilized to develop new businesses that are both ecologically and economically sustainable.

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13:00 - 13:15 Opening Remarks
Kazuhiko Takemoto (Director, UNU-IAS OUIK)

Part I. Development of GIAHS in Asia

13:15 - 13:35 Traditional Agriculture in Asia and Its Future
Kazuhiko Takeuchi (Senior Vice-Rector, UNU)
13:35 - 13:55 Development of GIAHS in China
Qingwen Min (Professor, Chinese Academy of Sciences-IGSNRR)
13:55 - 14:15 Development of GIAHS in Korea
Sang-Bum Kim (Researcher, Department of Agricultural Environment, National Academy of Agricultural Science, Rural Development Administration, Korea)
Yong-Kwang Shin (Professor, Korea National College of Agriculture & Fisheries)
14:15 - 14:35 Development of GIAHS in Japan
Akira Nagata (Senior Programme Coordinator, UNU-ISP)
14:35 - 15:00 Coffee Break

Part II. Challenges of Local Conservation Activities and the Potential when Combined with GIAHS

15:00 - 15:15 Multi-functions and Value of Hani Terraced Paddy Fields as Distinctive Cultural Landscape
Yuanmei Jiao (Professor, Yunnan Normal University)
15:15 - 15:30 Jeju Batdam (Black stone fences) Agricultural System Application for GIAHS
Wonhee Kanoelani You (Director, E Study Abroad Center of Jeju University)
15:30 - 15:45 Terraced Paddy Field Conservation Initiatives of "Noto’s Satoyama and Satoumi": From "Owner System" to "Rice Branding and Marketing"
Bixia Chen (Research Associate, UNU-IAS OUIK)

Part III. Discussion

15:45 - 16:45 Future Collaboration among Asian Countries
Chair: Koji Nakamura (Associate Professor, UNU-IAS/Professor, Kanazawa University)
16:45 - 17:00 Closing Remarks

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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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