Proceedings - Hangzhou International Congress

Culture: An enabler for environmental sustainability

Culture enables environmental sustainability at various levels: through the intrinsic links between cultural diversity and biodiversity, through its influence on consumption patterns, and through its contribution to sustainable environmental management practices as a result of local and traditional knowledge. How does culture foster environmental sustainability?

Keynote address 2C: Culture and Nature: two sides ofthe same coin

Case study 1: Culture and Bio‐diversity

Case study 2: Traditional knowledge in Disaster Risk Management

  • Rohit Jigyasu, UNESCO Chair Professor at the Research Center for Disaster Mitigation, Urban Cultural Heritage, Ritsumeikan University
    PDF Presentation - in English -  

Case study 3: Conservation and other ecological practicesin architecture and urban planning

Panel Discussion 2C
How does culture enable environmental sustainability?

  • Rohit Jigyasu (Moderator), UNESCO Chair Professor at the Research Center for Disaster Mitigation of Urban Cultural Heritage, Ritsumeikan University


  • Sidney Bartley, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youth and Culture for Jamaica
    Transcript - in English - 
  • Amareswar Galla, Professor of World Heritage and Sustainable Development at Split University and Executive Director of the International Institute for the Inclusive Museum
  • Aroha Te Pareake Mead, Chair ofthe IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP)
  • Lisa Prosper, Director of the Willowbank Centre for Cultural Landscape
    PDF Presentation - in English- & PPT Presentation 
  • Tan Dun, Musician and Composer, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador
    Transcript (PDF) - in English - 
  • Henriette Walter, Professor of Linguistics, President of the International Society for Functional Linguistics and member of the International Council of French Language
    PDF Presentation - in French -  
  • Yang Guorong, Professor, Director of Modern Chinese Thought and Culture Institute of East China Normal University
    PDF Presentation - in Chinese - 



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