An International Workshop for government officials of the Asia Pacific Region on the use of IPBES assessment reports

UNESCO and the Ministry of the Environment of Japan (MOEJ) organized an International Workshop for government officials of the Asia Pacific Region on the use of IPBES assessment reports for regional and national policy development. The workshop was organised on the 22nd of July in the Japanese Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) in Tokyo Japan back to back to the IPBES Regional Dialogue meeting for the AP region (20-21st July) aimingat promote active review from national governments and experts on the content and scope of the draft regional assessment report.

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© UNESCO/J.Chaves-Chaparro. From left to right: Ms Juliana Chaves-chaparro, UNESCO Project Officer; Ms. Ingunn Storro and Ms. Anne Larigauderie, IPBES secretariat; Ms. Fumiko Nakao, Ministry of the environment Japan; Prof. Kazuhiko Takeuchi, Director Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science at UTIAS and President of IGES; Dr. Yoshihisa Shirayama, Executive Director JAMSTEC at a press conference in Tokyo.

The MOEJ-UNESCO workshop started with some presentations in JAMSTEC premises with the assistance of thirteen Asia Pacific member states focal points. The presentations showed the case of Japan in the prediction/assessment of natural capital and ecosystem services (Prof. Takeuchi - IGES Director) and the formulation of local biodiversity strategies and action plans (Aichi prefecture). UNESCO provided the international perspective on bio cultural diversity and on its translation into national and local policies.

The group discussion was complemented with a field visit to a traditional Satoyama (a highlybio culturally diverse landscape) in Isumi-city (Chiba prefecture) to analyse the physical result of the interactions between humans and nature and the formulation of local strategies to ensure their sustainability.

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© UNESCO/J.Chaves-Chaparro. Field visit to Isumi-City, AP governmental officials, MOEJ and UNESCO representatives.

 

This workshop is part of the Japanesse funded project in support of the implementation of the IPBES works program 2014-2018.

PFor more information please contact the project officer: j.chaves-chaparro(at)unesco.org

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