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Sustainability Science and GIAHS twinning -Role of sustainability science for building a resilient and sustainable society-

日時 / Date : 2018/02/5 10:00-17:00
場所 / Place : Noto satoyama airport 4th floor, meeting room 41, 42


‛Ifugao Rice Terraces’ are designated as a World Cultural Heritage site of UNESCO (1995) and Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) of FAO (2005). The rice terraces are also called ‛Stairway to Heaven’ and are important heritage of humanity. In recent years, however, they are in danger due to young people moving away from farming, flow of young people to cities, and outrageous tourism development (from 2001 to 2012, it was inscribed in UNESCO’s World Heritage in Danger List).  ‛Noto’s Satoyama and Satoumi’ was designated as GIAHS in 2011, however, it is facing depopulation and aging population. Kanazawa University have been carrying out ‛Noto Satoyama Satoumi Meister Training Program’ to train young people who would lead the next generation of Noto in collaboration with local municipalities (from 2007 to 2016, 144 people graduated). Utilizing the know-how accumulated through the program, Kanazawa University have carried out ‛Ifugao Satoyama Meister Training Program (ISMTP)’ to sustainably develop Ifugao Rice Terraces. Being supported by JICA, the first program was carried out for three years (from Feb. 2014 to Feb. 2017) and 51 people had graduated. From Jun. 2017, ‛ISMTP Phase 2′ have started (three years until May 2019). Phase 2 has two objectives: 1. To strengthen ISMTP in Ifugao and make it self-operative, 2. To revitalize and sustainably develop both Ifugao and Noto together through ‛GIAHS Twinning’ between these two regions (mutual exchange based on Noto Communiqué from the 4th International Forum on GIAHS in 2013). This workshop and Noto Excursion are held as part of this project.


  1. One member from Ifugao State University (IFSU) and eight members from University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU) are taking part in this workshop. In the Philippines, sustainability of Ifugao Rice Terraces and Lake Laguna (located close to UPOU and facing population explosion and serious environmental pollution on the shore) are being questioned. In Japan, decline of regional communities due to aging population is becoming serious. In addition, both countries are facing the threat of intensive natural disasters (such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunami, and typhoons). This workshop aims to look at sustainability issues both in Noto and Ifugao from sustainability science to develop policy recommendations including human capacity development,
  2. Exploring possibility to collaborate and network among Kanazawa University, Ishikawa Prefectural University, UNU, Ifugao State University and UPOU for Sustainability science and application based on the current GIAHS twinning.
  3. Disseminating workshop outcomes by information technology

Organizer: Ifugao GIAHS Development Committee (Philipinne), Ifugao GIAHS Supporting Committee

Co-organizer: United Nations University Institute for Advanced Study of Sustainability, Operating Unit Ishikawa Kanazawa(UNU-IAS OUIK), Kanazawa University(Noto Satoyama Satoumi Research Program)



 Facilitator: Mikiko Nagai (UNU-IAS-OUIK)


 [Reporting on progress]

Koji Nakamura (Project manager of Ifugao Satoyama Meister Training Program, JICA Grass Root Program): Human capacity building for sustainable development of local communities by GIAHS Twinning between Noto and Ifugao


  [Keynote Speech]

 Osamu Saito (United Nations University Institute for the Advance Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS)): Role of sustainability science for building a resilient and sustainable society


[Activity Reporting Session 1: Collaboration between Region and Academic Organization, from the Perspective of Human Resource Development]

Kenji Kitamura (Noto Satoyama Satoumi Meister Training Program) : Preliminary reflections on the Noto Satoyama Satoumi Meister Training Program 

Yoshihiko Iida (UNU-IAS OUIK) : Establishment of local development model led by Asian rural society: Perspectives from thematic meetings of the 1st Asian Conference of Biocultural Diversity

Mitsuyo Toyoda (Niigata University) & Toshiaki Ito: Strengthening Local Governance in Rural Communities: Bottom-up Approaches to the Development of GIAHS in Sado, Japan


  [Activity Reporting Session 2: Activities of Local Practitioners]       

Yuki Hagino (Graduate from Noto Satoyama Meister Training Program) : Noto Mii Elementary School X Team Maruyama: ESD for NOTO

Masayuki Kurechi (Ramsar Network Japan (RNJ)): RiceBED (Rice Paddy Biodiversity Enhancing Decade) Project and its progress for 2020

12:15-13:15 ランチ Lunch


  [Activity Reporting Session 3: Reporting from Ifugao Meister Program in the Philippines]

Joane Serrano (University of the Philippines Open University (UPOU)): Communicating Sustainability: Narratives of Youth’s Involvement in Sustainable Development

Consuelo Habito (UPOU) : Strengthening Conservation and Sustainability of the Ifugao Rice Terraces through Academic and Community Partnerships

Aurora Lacaste (UPOU): Incorporating Philippine Biodiversity in Capstone Projects of Senior High School Students: A Step Towards Education for Sustainability

Luisa A. Gelisan (UPOU) : Use of Video Ethnography in Documenting Ifugao Culture and Farming Practices

Eulalie Dulnuan (Ifugao State University) :Promotion of eco-tourism for sustainable development of Ifugao Rice Terraces


[Activity Reporting Session 4: Connecting Ifugao and Noto]

Hiromi Shiraishi (Satoyama Promotion Office, Ishikawa Prefecture), Sachiko Hirose (Planning Division, Wajima City), Hiroaki Sugimori (Nature Harmonizing Office, Suzu City, graduate from Noto Satoyama Satoumi Meister Training Program), Hidetoshi Koshida (graduate from Noto Satoyama Satoumi Meister Training Program), Naoko Koshida (graduate from Noto Satoyama Satoumi Meister Training Program):  Reporting of Ifugao Visit (Group Presentation by those who visited Ifugao in 16-21 Jan. 2018)

Sakiko Kawabe (Center for Cultural Resource Studies, Kanazawa University, D2): Past and Future of Everyday Life Heritage Collections: Tracing the biographies of objects in the Noto Peninsula, Japan and Ifugao, Philippines

Sheryl Rose Reyes(UNU-IAS Academic Program D2)

Alvie Simonette Alip(UNU-IAS Academic Program D2)


[Overall Discussion]



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