Biodiversity Day: Ride & Celebrate


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  • DATE / TIME:
    2023•05•21    13:00 - 17:00

    To mark the International Day for Biological Diversity, UNU-IAS will hold a special event to celebrate the biological and cultural diversity of traditional Japanese gardens. The event will take place in Kanazawa City in Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. It will include a tea ceremony, garden maintenance activities, and a presentation by urban nature expert Juan Pastor-Ivars (Research Associate, UNU-IAS). Participants will use electric bicycles to move around the city. The event will be organised by the UNU-IAS Operating Unit Ishikawa/Kanazawa (UNU-IAS OUIK).


    To participate in this event, please register by 10 May. Please note that if the number of applicants exceeds capacity, participants will be selected through a draw.

    The event will be live-streamed on the UNU-IAS OUIK Facebook page.

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    Please refer to the event flyer for programme details.


    Urban greenery promotes biodiversity by providing a home and feeding/breeding ground for living creatures. Kanazawa’s gardens are also an important aspect of local culture as a setting for traditional activities such as crafts making and tea ceremonies, contributing to the preservation of cultural landscapes.

    UNU-IAS OUIK has been conducting research on urban nature conservation in Kanazawa city. As part of this effort, it has organised garden cleaning workshops to develop a new type of maintenance system for Japanese gardens. These cleaning activities can be enjoyed as a form of eco-tourism that benefits both the garden’s custodians and visitors.

  • Event Flyer — Biodiversity Day: Ride and Celebrate

    (4.6 MB PDF)