International Symposium on Agri-cultural Systems

  • DATE / TIME:
    2015•03•03    10:00 - 17:00

    On 3 March 2015, UNU-IAS and the Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S) of the University of Tokyo will organize the International Symposium on Agri-Cultural Systems: from the Perspectives of Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems.

    While agriculture in Japan is modernized, the country’s traditional agriculture and farming methods, rural culture, and rural landscapes and related biodiversity have been well conserved as integrated “agri-cultural systems”; some of which are recognized and designated as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

    This symposium will report on the research findings and outcomes of the project Developing a Comprehensive Assessment Method for Ingenious “Agri-Cultural” Systems in Japan (ACS). Invited experts from Japan, China and the Republic of Korea will also share their research on agri-cultural systems.


    UNU-IAS and the University of Tokyo have been collaborating on a joint research project on Developing a Comprehensive Assessment Method for Ingenious “Agri-Cultural” Systems in Japan (ACS), a 3-year project funded by the Japan Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF) from 2012. The research findings were utilized in the national selection of Japan’s GIAHS candidate sites in October 2014.

    Simultaneous Japanese–English translation will be provided at this event.


    10:00–10:20 Opening Remarks
    Kazuhiko Takemoto (Director, UNU-IAS)

    Guest of Honour Speech
    Masayuki Yamashita (Director, MAFF Policy Research Institute)

    10:20–11:00 Keynote Speech “Multi-varietied, small scale farming and Japanese culture”
    Masanori Aoyagi (Commissioner for Cultural Affairs)

    11:00–11:30 Presentation I ”Comprehensive Assessment of Agri-Cultural Systems and GIAHS”
    Kazuhiko Takeuchi (Senior Vice-Rector, UNU; Director, IR3S)

    11:30–11:50 Presentation II “Typology and Sustainability of Agri-Cultural System in Japan”
    Mototsugu Ochiai (Senior Research Associate, Rural Development Planning Commission)

    11:50–12:10 Presentation III “Classification of Approaches and Characteristics of Activities for the Conservation on Agri-cultural Systems”
    Mitsuyasu Yabe (Professor, Kyushu University)

    12:10–12:30 Presentation IV “Measuring Traditional Knowledge and Management in Rural Areas: Participatory Learning and Action”
    Tsuyoshi Hamano (Associate Professor, Organization for the Promotion of Project Research, Shimane University)

    12:30–14:00 Lunch Break

    14:00–14:20 International Case Study I “Agri-Cultural Heritage Systems in China”
    Qingwen Min (Professor, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences)

    14:20–14:40 International Case Study II “Development of Agricultural and Fisheries Heritage Systems in Korea”
    Won-kuen Yoon (Chairman, Korea Rural Heritage Association; Professor, Hyupsung University)

    14:40–15:00 International Case Study III “Adoption and Future Tasks of Nationally Important Agricultural Heritage System for Agricultural and Rural Resources Conservation”
    Sangbum Kim (Researcher, National Academy of Agricultural Science, Rural Development Administration)

    15:00–15:30 Break

    15:30–15:50 Japan Case Study I “Valuable Abandoned Farmlands as Green Infra-structure”
    Junko Morimoto (Associate Professor, Hokkaido University)

    15:50–16:10 Japan Case Study II “Mainstreaming Ecosystem Services from Agriculture”
    Kentaro Yoshida (Professor, Nagasaki University)

    16:10–16:50 Panel Discussion

    16:50–17:00 Closing Remarks
    Koji Nakamura (Japan Chairman, The East Asia Research Association for Agricultural Heritage Systems (ERAHS); Specially-Appointed Professor, Kanazawa University)


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    UNU-IAS and the Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S) of The University of Tokyo


    MAFF Policy Research Institute; Global Environment Outreach Centre (GEOC); Rural Development and Planning Commission; Kyushu University; Center for Community-based Health Research and Education, Shimane University


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