A biocultural region and a creative city: A sustainable city model
OUIK has collected information about the versatile urban functions of Kanazawa City, and disseminated the information through seminars and symposia. We organized the “City and Biological Diversity” research group, which focuses on the relationship between urban cultural elements such as architecture, food and handicrafts, and ecosystem services (natural blessings), and have carried out joint studies with people related to these elements.
OUIK is now proposing the idea of “biocultural region”
This idea grew out of our awareness of the need to consider the sustainability of both nature and culture. The values of Kanazawa City rely on the relationships between the nature that supports the culture and the culture that preserves the nature. Also, the city’s central area is supported by the nature and culture of peripheral areas including the Noto, Kaga and Hakusan regions, while the peripheral areas are influenced by the central area.
Kanazawa City is located closed to the sea and mountains. The city was developed according to the local geography, and crafts made of natural materials and a food culture based on abundant ingredients were promoted. Thus, the coexistence of urban culture and nature has been preserved. OUIK is identifying the values of the city and disseminating information about it as a sustainable city model to the rest of the world, where more than half of the population live in big cities.
UNESCO Creative Cities Network Meeting Kanazawa was held in May 2015. It was the first such meeting held in Japan. At the same time, OUIK held the international conference “The Ishikawa-Kanazawa Biocultural Region – A model for linkages between biological diversity and cultural prosperity” (May 28, 2015), and proposed the idea of biocultural regions.
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In April 2018, OUIK hosted Biocultural walking workshop proposed by Stockholm Resilience Center and IR3S, the University of Tokyo. Prominent internati ...Read more
国連大学サステイナビリティ高等研究所 いしかわ・かなざわオペレーティング・ユニット（OUIK) は今年で設立10周年を迎えます。OUIKは2008年の設立当初より里山里海の再評価と国際発信により、地域と国際コミュニティを繋いできました。2015年以降は、生物文化多様性というコンセプトのもと、都市と農 ...Read more
OUIK Biocultural Diversity Series #4 [Learning About the Satoyama and Satoumi of Hokuriku Region from Maps]
Map information compiled by various scales to learn about the link between anthropogenic activities and physical environment within Hokuriku Region.
6th workshop on Japanese garden and eco-system services has been organized at Shinrensha temple, Kanazawa city. The workshop report is available. ...Read more
On 24th June, a workshop of ‘Spiritual Road Walking and Garden Cleaning at Shinrensha Temple’ was held within Utatsuyama Temple Area in Kanazawa City, ...Read more
On 30 August 2017, OUIK and several organizations, including Junior Chamber Kanazawa (JC Kanazawa), Kanazawa Institute of Technology (KIT), and Hokuri ...Read more
This event is conducted in Japanese and participants are invited. For those interested, please refer Japanese page. ...Read more
Operating Unit Ishikawa/Kanazawa (OUIK) is assessing the urban impact of depopulation on the cultural landscape of Utatsu-Sanroku and Higashiyama-Higa ...Read more