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Tsunao Watanabe

Director, Operating Unit Ishikawa/Kanazawa,
United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability

Mr.Tsunao Watanabe graduated from the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of Tokyo with a major in landscape architecture in 1978. After serving as Director of the Biodiversity Policy Division and Councilor for Nature Conservation in the Ministry of the Environment of Japan, he was appointed as Director-General of the Nature Conservation Bureau in January 2011. He played a pivotal role in the success of the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP10) in 2010 in Nagoya City, Aichi Prefecture. He has also been engaged in research as a Senior Research Fellow of the Japan Wildlife Research Center since October 2012. He has been Director of the Operating Unit Ishikawa/Kanazawa (OUIK) since January 2014.

Tsunao Watanabe

Mikiko Nagai

Office manager, Operating Unit Ishikawa/kanazawa,
United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability

BA in French Studies from Sophia University (Tokyo), MA in International Development from the National Graduate Institute of Policy Studies (Tokyo). She has been consistently working within the field of international environmental cooperation, including as the officer in charge of environmental management at the JICA Mongolia office, programme associate at the Global Environment Information Center (GEIC) of the United Nations University, and coordinator of a JICA-JST (Japan Science and Technology Agency) funded IMPAC-T Project (Integrated Study on Hydro-Meteorological Prediction and Adaptation to Climate Change in Thailand). Since 2014, she has been working as the office manager of the UNU-IAS Operating Unit Ishikawa/Kanazawa, where she is responsible for overall operations, including research and policy integration.

Mikiko Nagai

Yoshihiko Iida

Research Associate (Ph.D.), Operating Unit Ishikawa/kanazawa,
United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability

Dr.Iida holds Ph.D. and master degree on landscape ecology and planning at the Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Kyoto University, Japan. He also received the degree of Bachelor of Business Administration from Yokohama National University and the degree of Bachelor of Science (Geography) from Tokyo Metropolitan University. He has a working experience in Central Aviation Control and Weather Unit, Japan Ground Self Defense Forces, as weather sergeant during 1995-2003. After joining OUIK in 2014, his current research and practical activities are focused on natural resource management and multiple scale assessment of the relationship between nature and society including mountainous, urban and coastal areas.

飯Yoshihiko Iida

Evonne Yiu

Research Associate, Operating Unit Ishikawa/kanazawa,
United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability

Born in Singapore, Evonne first came to Japan as an Okinawa Prefectural Scholar 13 years ago. She has lived in Japan for a total of nine years, in between she also served in the Public Service of Singapore. Her experience with UNU began from her internship at OUIK in 2011, where she now works as a research associate after graduating from the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Public Policy in 2012. Her work in OUIK focuses on research and conservation of Noto’s Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) and the effective and sustainable use of Noto’s Satoyama and Satoumi resources, and she is currently also pursuing her doctoral degree in Global Agricultural Sciences as a PhD candidate with the University of Tokyo Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

Evonne Yiu

Arita Norie

Administrative Programme Associate, Operating Unit Ishikawa/kanazawa,
United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability

In graduate school, conducted research focused on environmental management in the organizations (especially businesses) and engaged herself in the ISO 14001 advisory services (assisting the preparation of ISO 14001 manuals, etc.) at a division of an accounting firm for four years. After that, she worked for KPMG Tax Corporation and devoted herself to international taxation, mainly transfer pricing taxation, for about eight years. She is currently participating in OUIK’s activities from an administrative perspective.

Arita Norie

Juan Pastor Ivars

Research Associate, Operating Unit Ishikawa/kanazawa,
United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability

From Denia, Spain, a city bathed in the light of the Mediterranean. He moved to the ancient capital of Kyoto in 2009 where he deepened his understanding of traditional Japanese culture.
His main areas of interests are “space” and “nature”. He holds an MA in architecture with a focus on building from Polytechnic University of Valencia, and an MA in architecture with a focus on landscape architecture from the University of Technology of Kyoto through a Monbukagakusho scholarship. He was a JSPS fellow at Kyoto University and received a doctorate in architecture from the Polytechnic University of Valencia with a focus on Japanese gardens. His doctoral thesis was on “Ma and Oku, Ogawa Jihei and Japanese Garden of the 19th Century”. Professionally, he has worked for six years in a public government organization in Spain as an architect, urban planner and legislator; has undertaken diverse internships in architecture studios, including the Kengo Kuma firm; and provided part-time assistance for three years at Kyoto Gakuen University in Kameoka, focusing on the topic of “Nature and City”. At OUIK, he will draw on his knowledge from the fields of architecture, urbanism and landscape ecology, as well as his experience as a researcher, designer and academic, to work towards his vision of “nature reclaiming the city”

Evonne Yiu

Satomi Kubo

administrative assistant, Operating Unit Ishikawa/kanazawa,
United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability

Satomi joined UNU-IAS as an administrative assistant for OUIK.
Before joining UNU-IAS, she worked at an international logistics and transportation company in Tokyo
as an export clerk and arranged overseas shipments for seven years, and also experienced accounting
and administration as an assistant. Prior to that, she worked at Narita airport as a ground staff of JAL.
Satomi holds a BA in faculty of foreign studies from Kansai Gaidai University .
She was born and lived in Kanazawa till she graduated from high school. Having been back to hometown after years of separation, now she renewed her awareness of the greatness of its nature and culture.

Evonne Yiu

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Mami Harada

Master’s course first grade, Kyoto University Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies
(Internship: Sep.-Dec. 2015)

During the internship period, I reviewed the action plans of Noto Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS). It was a really rewarding experience to develop the tentative plan I presented as a basis through discussions with the members of the promotion council and Ishikawa Prefecture. In order to present the plan, I studied the promotion system of Noto GIAHS and compared it with other GIAHS regions through documents and field surveys.

Mami Harada

Kasumi Kato

Master’s course first grade, Kyoto University Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies
(Internship: Sep.-Dec. 2015)

During my internship research, I focused on Satoyama of Satoyama-Satoumi. I gathered information by actively participating in relevant promotion activities. Based on the information, I proposed plans for the promotion of the future use and management of Ishikawa Forest Park. After the MISIA forest observing event within the park, I created the MISIA Forest Guidebook, which explains in clear terms the relationships between creatures living in the forest, and their relationships with Satoyama, so that elementary school children could easily understand, and outlined the highlights of three routes through the forest.

有Kasumi Kato

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