Nature-Positive Solutions: Kanazawa’s Model for Climate Action and Sustainable Urban Nature


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  • DATE / TIME:
    2023•03•05    13:30 - 16:00

    UNU-IAS will organise a symposium to discuss nature-based solutions to environmental challenges from global and local perspectives, focusing on biodiversity restoration and urban climate policy. The event will examine the outcomes of the 2022 UN Climate Change Conference (COP27) and the 2022 UN Biodiversity Conference (COP 15), as well as sustainability efforts in Kanazawa City, Japan to highlight the benefits of urban nature. It will also discuss the challenges and opportunities for youth and adults to join forces and work together for a more sustainable future.

    Participation & Registration

    Participation is open, but please register in advance. This event will be held in the Main Conference Room of the Kanazawa Culture Hall in Kanazawa, Japan.

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    This event will be held in English and Japanese with simultaneous interpretation provided.


    13:30 Opening Remarks

    13:35 Greetings from Kanazawa City

    13:40 Keynote Presentation 1

    • Kazuhiko Takeuchi (Director, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies): Global Agenda and Local Implementation

    14:00 Keynote Presentation 2

    • Thomas Elmqvist (Professor, Stockholm Resilience Center ): New Trends in Urban Ecosystem Services

    14:20–14:35 Break

    14:35–15:55 Panelist Presentations & Discussion

    Moderator: Tsunao Watanabe

    • Himangana Gupta (Research Fellow and Academic Associate, UNU-IAS): COPs Review and Nature-based Solutions
    • Juan Pastor-Ivars (Research Associate, UNU-IAS): SUN Project and Urban Nature Benefits
    • Motofumi Marui (Professor, Kanazawa Institute of Technology): Heat Island Mitigation through Urban Nature
    • Mana Saza (Director, SWiTCH Association of Sustainability): Action by Japanese Youth to Create a Wave for Sustainability in Japan

    15:55 Closing Remarks

    • Koji Nakamura (Professor Emeritus, Kanazawa University)


    Please refer to the event flyer for further details.



  • Event Flyer — Nature-positive Solutions: Kanazawa’s Model for Climate Action and Sustainable Urban Nature

    (1.3 MB PDF)

  • Kanazawa Bunka Hall
    Takaokamachi 15−1
    Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture