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International Workshop

Ecosystem Services of Traditional Agriculture and Forestry in Mountainous Areas


Date: 11 October 2013

Time: 9:30-15:45

Registration will start at 9:00

Location: Reception Hall, UNU Headquarters 2F Map »

Organizers: UNU-ISP

Co-Organizers: Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research(APN)

Languages: English only (no simultaneous interpretation provided)


Evonne Yiu, UNU-ISP

A workshop on “Ecosystem Services of Traditional Agriculture and Forestry in Mountainous Areas” will be held at the United Nations University on 11 Oct 2013, as part of the programme of the “Project Workshop on REDD+* for forest communities: learning from forest conservation in Laos and Thailand.” 

Many traditional agro-ecosystems in fragile mountain ecosystems embrace biodiversity and multiple ecosystem services (erosion prevention, hazard regulation, etc) for production of nutritional food and protection of rural livelihoods.  However, the neglect on the ecosystem services of agriculture resulted in development and expansion of industrial agriculture with a narrow focus on commodity production over past few decades. The industrialization of agriculture with intensive use of inputs has increased food production, but reduced agrobiodiversity and compromised the ability of agro-ecosystems to regulate natural hazard, prevent erosion and mitigate climate change.

This workshop will include a keynote speech by the Senior-Vice Rector of UNU Professor Kazuhiko Takeuchi and bring together experts from China, Japan, India, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand to review co-benefits of carbon and biodiversity in traditional mountain agriculture and forestry and discuss potential approaches, including REDD+ to enhance ecosystem services and sustainability of mountain agriculture in future. The workshop is open to public but only on invitation basis for the first ten applications with prior registration (through email).

Prior to the workshop, foreign experts and participants from Laos PDR, Thailand, Myanmar and China as well as Japan will also participate in a project meeting and field study visit to the Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems(GIAHS) site of the “Chagusaba integrated tea-grass system” in Shizuoka Prefecture on 9 to 10 Oct 2013( both events are not open to public).


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Draft Programme


Opening Session

  • Opening Remarks:
    Opening Remarks, APN to be confirmed

Kyenote Presentaion I:

  • Ecosystem Services of Traditional Agriculture and Forestry
    Prof. Kazuhiko Takeuchi, Senior Vice Rector, UNU

Keynote Presentation II:

  • The global developments of REDD+ and policies of the Forestry Agency in Japan (Tentative)
    Mr. Satoshi Akahori, International Forestry Cooperation Office, Forestry Agency Japan

Session I. Carbon and Biodiversity Benefits of Shifting Agriculture Landscape

  • Assessment of a shifting agriculture landscape in Thailand
    Dr. Narit Yimyam, Highland Research and Training Center, Chiang Mai University
  • PAssessment of a shifting agriculture landscape in transition in Laos
    Mr. Oroth Sentaheuanghong, Deputy Director, Agricultural Land Use Planning Center, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Laos
  • Assessment of a shifting agriculture landscape in Myanmar
    Mr. Zaw Win Myint, Forest Research Institute
11:30-11:50 Coffee Break

Session II. Carbon and Biodiversity Benefits of Sedentary Agriculture Landscape

  • Assessment of a sedentary agriculture landscape in India
    Prof. K.G Saxena, Jawaharlal Nehru University
  • Assessment of a sedentary agriculture landscape in China
     Dr. Li Jiang, Yunnan Academy of Forestry
  • Assessment of integrated tea-grass agriculture in Shizuoka, Japan
    Prof. Hidehiro Inagaki, Shizuoka University
12:50-13:40 Lunch Break

Session III. Methodological Challenges in REDD+ Implementation

  • Potential of remote sensing in MRV
    Dr. Ram Avtar, Research Associate, UNU-ISP
  • Role of local communities in MRV
    Jintanta Kawasaki, Researcher, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
  • Estimation of opportunity costs
    Mr. Dede Prabowo, Director, Atlantis Investment Research Corporation

Session IV. Panel Discussion:

Challenges and Approaches to maintain and enhance ecosystem services of agriculture, and co-benefits of carbon stocks and biodiversity


Chair: Mr. Luohui Liang, Academic Programme Officer, UNU-ISP

Closing remarks

  • Mr. Akira Nagata, Senior Programme Coordinator, UNU-ISP