OUIK holds international symposium “Learning for Biocultural Diversity: UNESCO’s Biosphere Reserves”, on 11 May 2016, to memorize the second booklet launching of the series on biocultural diversity “Mount Hakusan Biosphere Reserve: Creating a new path for communities and nature” coproduced with local management body, the Mount Hakusan Biosphere Reserve Council.
In order to conserve and evaluate biodiversity and cultural resources at local level, international organization such as UNESCO and several Multilateral Environmental Agreements has established global networks since 1970s; World Heritage sites, Ramsar Convention sites, Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System sites, UNESCO Global Geoparks, UNESCO Creative Cities and UNESCO Biosphere Reserves. These are international frameworks supporting for sustainable community management using natural and cultural resources.
OUIK’s activities on biocultural diversity aim at collecting and analyzing the local site’s practical experiences to contribute international discussions within UN process, targeting to provide creative solution model of global issues from local level.
As a part of multi level dialogue, OUIK invites Dr. Noëline Raondry Rakotoarisoa, chief of section on MAB networking, Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences, UNESCO, to discuss on collaboration and mutual learning between local activities and global movement through a case of global network of biosphere reserves, which aims at conserving ecosystem and biodiversity covering 669sites in 120 countries in the world. Ideas on OUIK’s booklet as a mutual learning tools will be exchanged. In the following workshop, the role of management staff of Japan Biosphere Reserve Network will be discussed for biocltural diversity conservation contributing to future international collaborative work.
International Symposium (Open 14:00/ 14:30-16:15) Public Open / Translation[JPN/ENG]
Learning for Biocultural Diversity: UNESCO’s Biosphere Reserves
14:30-35 Opening remarks Dr. Kazuhiko Takemoto (Director, UNU-IAS)
14:40-15:20 Keynote Speech
“Message for Japan’s MAB(Man and the Biosphere): Potentials of working with global network ” (Tentative)
Dr. Noëline Raondry Rakotoarisoa (Chief, section on MAB networking, Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences, UNESCO)
15:20-35 Summary Report 1
“Linking with global network: Participation and dissemination in the 4th World Congress of Biosphere Reserves”
Mr. Shinsuke Nakamura (Management working group member, Japan Biosphere Reserves Network / Coordinator, Mount Hakusan Biosphere Reserve Council)
15:35-50 Summary Report 2
“An approach for mutual leaning through global network: The aim of OUIK’s booklet of Mount Hakusan Biosphere Reserve”
Dr. Yoshihiko Iida (Research Associate, UNU-IAS OUIK)
Moderator: Mr. Tsunao Watanabe (Director, UNU-IAS OUIK)
16:10 -15 Closing
International Workshop (16:30-18:00) Closed session
The expected roles of Japan’s Biosphere Reserves in global network
Moderator: Dr. Yoshihiko Iida (Research Associate, UNU-IAS OUIK)
Participants: Dr. Noëline Raondry Rakotoarisoa (Chief, section on MAB networking, Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences, UNESCO), Management staff of BR sites in Japan, etc.
Received a PhD in Ecological Sciences from the Université Paul Sabatier in Toulouse, France. Researcher and lecturer on plant ecology at the Universities of Mahajanga and Antananarivo in Madagascar, during which she worked as coordinator of the Mananara Nord Biosphere Reserve from 1994 to 1999. Thereafter, worked in UNESCO field offices in Africa after joining the UNDP. Assumed current post from 2011 at UNESCO Headquarters.