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UN International Day for Biodiversity

Symposium on Ecosystem Services, Communities and the Sanriku Reconstruction National Park


Date: 22 May 2013

Time: 14:00-17:00

Location: Elizabeth Rose Hall, UNU Headquarters  Map »

Organizers: Ministry of the Environment, Japan; Japan Committee for the UN Decade on Biodiversity; UNU-ISP; Global Environment Outreach Centre (GEOC).

Cooperation: Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD)

Supporters: Ecosystem Adaptability Center Tohoku University, Reconstruction Agency Japan(tbc), Ministry of Agriculture, Forests and Fisheries (tbc)

Language: Japanese (No interpretation will be provided.)

Contact: Yuki Nakano, UNU-ISP:

22 May is the UN International Day for Biological Diversity (IBD), many commemorative ceremonies are held all over the world on this day to increase awareness and understanding of biodiversity issues.

This symposium will serve as an opportunity to raise awareness of biodiversity through the presentations and discussions on the main theme of the biodiversity’s role to contribute to the recovery from the disaster. It also recognizes the May 2013 establishment of the Sanriku Reconstruction National Park in Japan, and the first Asia Parks Congress, to be held in Sendai, Japan in November 2013.


To register for this event, please click on the link below and complete the registration form by 5:00 p.m. on 21 May, 2013.

Draft Programme


Welcome Address


Keynote speech

  • Kazuhiko Takeuchi (Senior Vice-Rector, UNU, Director, UNU-ISP)
14:40-15:00 Break

Panel Discussion:


  • Shiro Wakui (Vice-Chairman, Japan Committee for UNDB, Professor, Tokyo City University)
  • Ann McDonald (Professor, Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Sophia University)
  • Makoto Kobayashi (Mayor, Hachinohe city)
  • Yoshihisa Shirayama (Executive Director, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology))
  • Toru Nakashizuka (Professor, Graduate School of Life Sciences, Tohoku University)
  • Satoshi Maekawa (WWF Japan)