1st Asian conference on biocultural diversity
Ishikawa Prefecture has been making extensive efforts to conserve biodiversity and contribute its perspectives from the local level to international discussions. These efforts include the prefecture’s hosting of the closing event for the International Year of Biodiversity in 2010 and the global launch of the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity, both of which raised international recognition on the concepts of Satoyama and Satoumi. Ishikawa Prefecture’s natural and cultural resources have been highly appraised and became the first Global Important Agricultural Heritage System (GIAHS) in a developed country in 2011. Furthermore, the prefecture is trying to establish synergies among internationally designated sites and intangible heritage within the prefecture, including the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in the Mt. Hakusan region, the UNESCO Intangible Heritage Aenokoto, and the GIAHS site on Noto Peninsula.
The United Nations University has been supporting the prefecture’s initiatives through policy-oriented research and international collaboration. As a result of joint research on the linkage between urban culture and rural natural capital, collaboration was established with the UNESCO-SCBD Joint Programme on ‘linking biological diversity and cultural diversity’. Ishikawa Prefecture not only nurtures biological diversity, but also traditional cultural heritage, and is committed to passing these on to the next generation and collaborating with other Asian countries. The international conference on biocultural diversity will be good opportunity for Ishikawa Prefecture, the United Nation’s University and the UNESCO-SCBD Joint Programme to exchange knowledge about biocultural diversity in an Asian context and will also constitute an important milestone towards promoting a comprehensive and sustainable conservation strategy for both biological and cultural diversity.
金沢は人口46万人の中核市でありながら、自然と文化に恵まれた都市です。金沢やその近郊へ国内外からの多くの観光客が集まるようになった昨今の状況を踏まえ、生物多様性と文化多様性のつながりを考えながら「文化的景観」をキーワードに人の生活と自然の営みが両立できる持続的な都市の未来を考えたいと思います。世界農 ...Read more
OUIK promoted the Ishikawa Declaration as an outcome of the 1st Asian Conference of BCD at COP 13, held in Mexico. First, UNU-IAS Senior Visiting Prof ...Read more
It documents discussions and article contributions by speakers who participated in the OUIK Noto Satoumi Lecture Series held in 2015. This lecture series highlighted the Noto Satoumi Movement, which emphasizes local, traditional wisdom of living with the sea, and led in part to the Noto Peninsula’s designation as a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System (GIAHS) in 2011.
The Noto Satoumi Movement aims to establish the Noto region of Ishikawa Prefecture as a leading center for satoumi research and conservation efforts on the Sea of Japan, as well as to promote a deeper awareness both in and outside of Japan of the concept of Satoumi, the charm of Noto’s satoumi and its related livelihoods, and the importance of satoumi conservation. The booklet is vailable from here
Aim: To achieve the local sustainable development in harmony with nature, perspectives such as the conservation of biodiversity, succession of cultura ...Read more
The official web-site on 1st Asian Biocultural Diversity Conference has been launched by Ishiksawa Prefecture. Registration for oral and poster presen ...Read more