Biocultural Diversity in Ishikawa: From Discovery to Coordination

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  • DATE / TIME:
    2015•01•29    13:00 - 17:00

    On 29 January 2015, UNU-IAS Operating Unit Ishikawa/Kanazawa (OUIK) will organize an international symposium entitled Biocultural Diversity in Ishikawa: From Discovery to Coordination – How Can Local Governments Utilize Global Networks?

    The keynote speaker at this symposium, Dr. Ana Persic, is officer in charge of a joint programme of UNESCO and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity on “Links between biological and cultural diversity”. OUIK has also invited representatives from local governments to discuss how to promote coordination among different types of registered agricultural heritage sites to achieve a more strategic and comprehensive approach under the overarching theme of “Biocultural Diversity in Ishikawa Prefecture”. This is a pre-event for the upcoming international symposium on “Bio-Cultural Region of Ishikawa and Kanazawa”, which will coincide with the UNESCO Creative City Network Meeting in Kanazawa, scheduled for May 2015.

    English–Japanese simultaneous interpretation will be provided at this event.

    Download the event flyer.


    Registration is free and open to the public. To register, please email or fax UNU-IAS OUIK with the subject line “International Symposium Jan 29” and include your name and contact information. Registration will close when capacity is reached.

    Fax: 076-224-2271


    13:00 Opening Remarks
    Tsunao Watanabe (Director, UNU-IAS OUIK)

    13:10–14:00 Keynote Lecture
    “UNESCO-SCBD Joint Programme on Biocultural Diversity” (TBC)
    Ana Persic (Science Specialist, UNESCO Office in New York)

    14:00–14:20 Presentation 1
    “Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System, Noto’s Satoyama Satoumi”
    Yoshiro Shimizu (Deputy Director of the Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery Division, Hakui City)

    12:20–14:40 Presentation 2
    “Hakusan UNESCO Eco park and Hakusan Tedorigawa Geopark”
    Takashi Yamaguchi (Hakusan Tedorigawa Geopark Promotion Council)

    14:40–15:00 Presentation 3
    “Creative City Kanazawa: Nurtured by Nature”
    Mamoru Harino (Head of the Nature Conservation Group, Environmental Policy Department, Environment Division, Kanazawa City)

    15:00–15:20 Presentation 4
    “Biocultural Diversity and International Frameworks: A Historical Perspective”
    Toshinori Tanaka (Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Frontier Science, The University of Tokyo)

    15:20–15:40 Coffee Break

    15:40–16:50 Panel Discussion
    Moderator: Tsunao Watanabe


    • Ana Persic
    • Yoshiro Shimizu
    • Takashi Yamaguchi
    • Mamoru Harino
    • Asami Shikida (Professor, Hokkaido University; Visiting Professor, UNU-IAS)
    • Toshinori Tanaka

    16:50–17:00 Closing Remarks
    Koji Nakamura (Specially Appointed Professor, Kanazawa University; Visiting Professor, UNU-IAS)


    This event will be organized by the UNU-IAS Operating Unit Ishikawa/Kanazawa (OUIK), co-organized by Ishikawa Prefectural Government and Kanazawa City Government, and supported by the Regional GIAHS Executive Committee, Mt. Hakusan Biosphere Reserve Council, and Hakusan Tedorigawa Geopark Promotion Council.


    OUIK has collaborated with Ishikawa Prefecture to promote Ishikawa’s natural resource conservation efforts at the international level, contributing significantly to the designation of Noto’s satoyama and satoumi as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Sites (GIAHS) in 2011. Recognition of the rich natural and cultural diversity of Ishikawa also includes the Hakusan Biosphere Reserve site of the UNESCO Man And the Biosphere programme, Ae no koto intangible cultural heritage designated by UNESCO, and the Katanokamoike Ramsar site. Each of these registered sites is managed by the respective local governments and stakeholders.

  • 29 January 2015 OUIK Flyer

    (551.5 KB PDF)

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