2018•07•24 YokohamaOn 19 July 2018, UNU-IAS co-hosted a thematic session at the Tenth International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific (ISAP 2018) Sustainable Production Landscapes and Seascapes for Biodiversity, Human Livelihoods and Well-being, focusing on key messages from the IPBES Regional Assessment for Asia and the Pacific released in March and case studies related to sustainable landscape management.
UNU-IAS Senior Visiting Professor and Chair of the IGES Board of Directors Kazuhiko Takeuchi opened the session with an explanation of “Sustainable Regional Management through the Satoyama Initiative”, a global effort (led in part by UNU-IAS) to preserve and harness the cultural and natural heritage and resources of landscapes and seascapes. This was followed by a panel session with speakers from around Asia, moderated by IGES Natural Resources and Ecosystem Services Area Programme Director Henry Scheyvens. First, a framing presentation on the Satoyama Initiative was given by the Coordinator of the UNU-IAS International Satoyama Initiative project, Eiji Tanaka.
The panelists gave presentations on their work:
Noriko Moriwake (IGES IPBES Technical Support Unit for the Asia-Pacific Regional Assessment): “Regional assessment report on biodiversity and ecosystem services for Asia and the Pacific”
Sacha Amaruzaman (Centre for Global Food and Resources, Faculty of Professions, The University of Adelaide): “Strengthening smallholders’ resilience while improving ecosystem services”
Takayuki Nishimaki (Agriculture Promotion Office, Agriculture Policy Division, Department of Industry and Tourism, Sado City Government): “Marking the tenth anniversary of the reintroduction of Japanese Crested Ibis (Nipponia Nippon) – Sado Island’s iconic bird once gone extinct in Japan: Wisdom and challenges to pass on the prosperous and biodiverse Sado Island to future generations”
They closed the session by commenting on the need for transformative actions that ensure human well-being in harmony with nature using an integrated landscape approach, in order to contribute to the accomplishment of global sustainability goals including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Aichi Biodiversity Targets.
ISAP is an annual two-day forum that brings together frontline experts and stakeholders from international organizations, governments, businesses and NGOs to discuss sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific, co-organized by UNU-IAS and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES).