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Workshop on Building Resilience with Common Capital

Managing Shared Resources, Meeting the Challenges of a Rapidly Modernizing World under Climate and Ecosystem Change


Date: 23 - 25 January 2012

Location: The Elizabeth Rose Hall, UNU Headquarters


Contact: Miri Nakahara, UNU-ISP:

*This is a closed event intended for invitees.

Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN), DIVERSITAS, International Human Dimension Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP) and United Nations University-Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP) will organize a workshop on 23-25 January 2012 on “Building Resilience with Common Capital: Managing Shared Resources, Meeting the challenges of a rapidly modernizing world under climate and ecosystem change”, funded by APN, Hyogo Prefectural Government and UNU-ISP.

Traditional rural production landscapes, Satoyama in a Japanese term, can be characterized as a mosaic of different ecosystem types. The Japan Satoyama Satoumi Assessment (JSSA) shows how Satoyama landscapeshave been rapidly declining due to various factors induced by changes in the way of management. The loss of collective management of satoyama and satoumi landscape may be termeda loss of the “commons”. This is the first workshop of a series of workshops which explore ways and means of enhancing resilience of communities to climate and ecosystems change by establishing new shared governance and management systems “new commons” where various actors and stakeholders can participate in working towards a low carbon, resource circulating, nature-harmonious society.


The participants are invited experts representing countries in the region that have strong expertize in the management of Satoyama type landscape systems and experts from global/regional organizations that have relevant programs associated with such systems.


National and local governments and private institutions in the Asia-Pacific region will utilize the outputs of this activity as guidance to develop new sustainable ecosystem and rural landscape management policies and measures. Such policies and measures include regulatory approaches such as designation of protected areas, participatory approaches of the community and incentive approaches, which will vary according to the natural and socio-economic conditions of each country.

Based on the case studies viewed in the present project recommendations to foster activities under the “New Commons Framework” will be presented to governments and enterprises with a view to environmental protection and sustainable growth of local and national economies.