Learning for Biocultural Diversity: UNESCO’s Biosphere Reserves

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  • DATE / TIME:
    2016•05•11    14:30 - 18:00

    On 11 May 2016, UNU-IAS Operating Unit Ishikawa/Kanazawa (OUIK) will hold an international symposium “Learning for Biocultural Diversity: UNESCO’s Biosphere Reserves” and launch the second publication in a series on biocultural diversity, “Mount Hakusan Biosphere Reserve: Creating a new path for communities and nature” (co-authored by the Mount Hakusan Biosphere Reserve Council).

    Since the 1970s, the international community has established mechanisms for conservation and evaluation of biodiversity and cultural resources at the local level. Among them are frameworks such as the World Heritage sites, Ramsar Convention sites, Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System sites (GIAHs), UNESCO Global Geoparks, UNESCO Creative Cities and UNESCO Biosphere Reserves, which foster protection of natural and cultural resources and promote sustainable community management.

    OUIK’s activities on biocultural diversity include collection and analysis of local conservation practices and sharing of creative and successful models with the wider international community through discussions at various UN forums.

    As part of a multi-level dialogue, OUIK will invite Dr. Noëline Raondry Rakotoarisoa (Chief of Section on MAB Networking, Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences, UNESCO) to discuss collaboration and enhanced information sharing on local conservation activities and their impact on the global movement. The dialogue will touch upon a proposed network of biosphere reserves, which aims at conserving ecosystem and biodiversity at 669 sites in 120 countries around the world. The symposium will also be an opportunity to exchange feedback on OUIK’s new publication. During a workshop that will follow, participants will further discuss the management role of the Japan Biosphere Reserve Network and its future contribution to international collaborative work on biocultural diversity conservation.



    PART I (open to public)   Learning for Biocultural Diversity: UNESCO’s Biosphere Reserves

    14:30–14:35 Opening remarks
    Kazuhiko Takemoto (Director, UNU-IAS)


    14:40–15:20 Keynote speech   “Message for Japan’s MAB (Man and the Biosphere): Potentials of Working with a Global Network” (Tentative)
    Noëline Raondry Rakotoarisoa (Chief, section on MAB networking, Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences, UNESCO)

    15:20–15:35 Summary Report 1   “Linking with a Global Network: Participation and Dissemination in the 4th World Congress of Biosphere Reserves”
    Shinsuke Nakamura (Management working group member, Japan Biosphere Reserves Network / Coordinator, Mount Hakusan Biosphere Reserve Council)

    15:35–15:50 Summary Report 2   “An Approach for Mutual Leaning through a Global Network: The Aim of OUIK’s Booklet of Mount Hakusan Biosphere Reserve”
    Yoshihiko Iida (Research Associate, UNU-IAS OUIK)

    15:50–16:10 Discussion
    Moderator: Mr. Tsunao Watanabe (Director, UNU-IAS OUIK)

    16:10–16:15 Closing

    PART II  (closed session)   The Expected Roles of Japan’s Biosphere Reserves in a Global Network

    16:30–18:00   Discussion
    Moderator: Dr. Yoshihiko Iida (Research Associate, UNU-IAS OUIK)

    Participants: Dr. Noëline Raondry Rakotoarisoa (Chief, section on MAB networking, Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences, UNESCO), Management staff of BR sites in Japan, etc.



    To register for this event, please visit the OUIK website, or send your name, affiliation and contact details to unu-iasouik@unu.edu.


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