Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Workshop: Experiences and Lessons of Dynamic Conservation and Sustainable Development from Asian GIAHS Pilot Sites organized by UNU-IAS on 28 May 2013

Tuesday, 28 May 2013, 13:00 – 17:00 (Registration opens at 12:30)

UNU-IAS OUIK “Sustainable Primary Industries (SPI)” Project
International GIAHS Workshop 

Experiences and Lessons of Dynamic Conservation and Sustainable Development from Asian GIAHS Pilot Sites

Venue: Large Meeting Room, Kanazawa Bunka Hall, 3F, Kanazawa, Japan

Organized by: UNU-IAS Operating Unit Ishikawa/Kanazawa (OUIK)
Co-Organized by: United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP)
Supported by: Ishikawa Prefecture (TBD), Kanazawa University (TBD),
Noto’s Satoyama and Satoumi Noto Regional GIAHS Executive Committee (TBD)

Event Description
Event language: English and Japanese (simultaneous interpretation)

Through thousands of years of farming, China, Korea and Japan have developed diverse agro-ecosystems and related cultures. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has designated six pilot sites in China and two in Japan as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage systems (GIAHS) sites for dynamic conservation and adaptive management. In addition, more sites in China and Japan are under consideration for GIAHS designations, and a Korean site is also planning to apply. However, traditional agriculture is also facing threats such as globalization and conventional farming. There is an urgent need to strengthen conservation and the sustainable use of biodiversity and natural resources of satoyama and satoumi landscapes.

This workshop will bring together experts from China, Korea and Japan, as well as local residents, to share experiences and lessons learned regarding biodiversity conservation and rural development from participants’ respective GIAHS sites. Japanese stakeholders from a wide range of sectors will also be invited to exchange opinions with the experts on what aspects of Noto’s satoyama and satoumi landscapes should be given conservation priority, and which aspects should be utilized to develop new businesses that are both ecologically and economically sustainable.

Download the event flyer here.


13:00 - 13:15Opening RemarksKazuhiko Takemoto (Director, UNU-IAS OUIK)
Part I. Development of GIAHS in Asia
13:15 - 13:35Traditional Agriculture in Asia and Its FutureKazuhiko Takeuchi (Senior Vice-Rector, UNU)
13:35 - 13:55Development of GIAHS in China
Qingwen Min (Professor, Chinese Academy of Sciences-IGSNRR)
13:55 - 14:15Development of GIAHS in KoreaSang-Bum Kim (Researcher, Department of Agricultural Environment, National Academy of Agricultural Science, Rural Development Administration, Korea)
Yong-Kwang Shin (Professor, Korea National College of Agriculture & Fisheries)
14:15 - 14:35Development of GIAHS in JapanAkira Nagata (Senior Programme Coordinator, UNU-ISP)
14:35 - 15:00Coffee Break
Part II. Challenges of Local Conservation Activities and the Potential when Combined with GIAHS
15:00 - 15:15Multi-functions and Value of Hani Terraced Paddy Fields as Distinctive Cultural LandscapeYuanmei Jiao (Professor, Yunnan Normal University)
15:15 - 15:30Jeju Batdam (Black stone fences) Agricultural System Application for GIAHS
Wonhee Kanoelani You (Director, E Overseas Education Study Abroad Center of Jeju University)
15:30 - 15:45Terraced Paddy Field Conservation Initiatives of "Noto’s Satoyama and Satoumi": From "Owner System" to "Rice Branding and Marketing"Bixia Chen (Research Associate, UNU-IAS OUIK)
Part III. Discussion
15:45 - 16:45Future Collaboration among Asian Countries
Chair: Koji Nakamura (Associate Professor, UNU-IAS/Professor, Kanazawa University)
16:45 - 17:00Closing Remarks

Registration is free and open to the public. For further information, please contact UNU-IAS OUIK at unu-iasouik[at] or 076-224-2266.

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