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Official report of International Forum Series to Commemorate One-Year Anniversary of the 1st Asian Conference on Biocultural Diversity[Electronic Version]

After one year since the 1st Asian Conference on Biocultural Diversity, a series of 2 inernational forums were held to explore the measurements to further promote the Ishikawa Declaration with international initiatives and East Asian partner. 


International Forum Series 1 (4/10/2017)

Biocultural diversity & satoyama: Effort towards societies in harmony with nature around the world.


International Forum Series 2 (15/10/2017)

Preserving Biocultural Diversity for Future Generations:Partnarship of East Aisan Countries. 

OUIK Biocultural Diversity Series #3 Noto Satoumi Movement-Passing on wisdom of living with the sea

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

Abstract Book of 1st Asian Conference on Biocultural Diversity Thematic meetings and Poster Presentations [Electronic Version]

Abstract Book of 1st Asian Conference on Biocultural Diversity Thematic meetings and Poster Presentations

Policies and Actions on Biocultural Diversity for Sustainable Communities

ISBN: 978-92-808-4572-3 [Electronic Version]

*Note: the ISBN and the page number are different from printing version.

UNU-IAS OUIK Biocultural Series#2 Mount Hakusan Biosphere Reserve -Creating a new path for communities and nature-

Japanese / English

Ishikawa-Kanazawa Biocultural Region



Biocultural Walking workshop introduced in Future Earth Blog

In April 2018, OUIK hosted Biocultural walking workshop proposed by Stockholm Resilience Center and IR3S, the University of Tokyo. Prominent international researchers from different continents joined the workshop to experience how biocultural resources could be understood, elaborated and promoted under the current changes occurring urban and rural areas in Japan.

Here is observation by  Viveca Mellegård, Stockholm Resilience Center.  「Reinvigorating creative solutions to save people and planet: A walking workshop through biocultural landscapes in western Japan」


Reporting of the Ishikawa Declaration at CBD COP14

14th CBD COP has been held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt from 17th -29th November 2018.  

UNU-IAS OUIK reported progress of the Ishikawa Declaration, which is approved by the 1st Asian Conference on Buicultural Diversity, at Nature and Culture Summit .

cop14-3Active dialogue t integrated conservation and local nature and culture as well as to promote rights of indigenous people and local community over the natural resource was exchanges. at the summit.

Mr. Tsunao Watanabe, Director of OUIK presented outcomes from Ishikawa international Cooperation Programm focusing on the capacity building of practitioners for GIAHS promotion, new commons for Japanese garden project by Biocultural Diversity initiative in Kanazawa city.

Presentation materials are available from here.

Establishment of locally initiated international cooperation program based on Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS)

On November 20, 2017, Ishikawa Prefecture, Kanazawa University, Ishikawa Prefectural University, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), JICA Hokuriku Branch Office, and the United Nations University Institute for Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) signed a memorandum on ‘International Cooperation Through GIAHS in Ishikawa Prefecture”

‘Noto’s Satoyama and Satoumi’ which stretches over nine municipalities in Noto Peninsula of Ishikawa Prefecture was designated as one of the Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) in 2011 together with Sado Island. They were the first designations from developed countries. Since then, United Nations University has been carrying out various activities together with Ishikawa Prefecture, nine municipalities, and local people of the region. At the GIAHS International Coference 2013 , it was suggested to strengthen the cooperation between the GIAHS in developed countries and those in developing countries by Noto Communiqué. In the following year, 2014, Ishikawa Prefecture established a training program thorough which participants can learn about conservation and utilization of Noto’s Satoyama and Satoumi and its regional development. It has accepted trainees from six different countries so far, including Bhutan, Indonesia, and Laos.

This program has just taken a step further. An international cooperation program was established to bring about mutual-leaning: to enable trainees from developing countries to learn ‘sustainable regional development’ in Noto’s Satoyama and Satoumi on site; and also to enable people in Noto region to realize the global values of sustainability thorough their contribution to this training program. FAO, JICA Hokuriku Branch Office, Kanazawa University, Ishikawa Prefectural University, Ishikawa Prefecture, and UNU-IAS have joined the program as implementing bodies.



Launch of official website for 1st Asian Biocultural Diversity Conference

【国際シンポジウム】新しい都市の未来 -文化、生物多様性、風景の交流

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