This is the old website of UNU-ISP, which is now part of the new UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS). Please visit the new UNU-IAS website at

26 May 2011

Launch of a new project on Climatic and Ecological Changes in Asian Agriculture

Osamu Saito, UNU-ISP

United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP) has launched a new project on climatic and ecological changes in Asian agriculture as a part of the Environment Research and Technology Development Fund of the Ministry of the Environment, Japan.

Professor Kazuhiko Takeuchi, Director of UNU-ISP and Deputy Executive Director of the Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science of Tokyo University (IR3S), will act as the principal researcher to investigate the topic of “Strategy to enhance resilience to climate and ecosystem changes utilizing traditional bio-production systems in rural Asia”.

The development of sustainable agricultural production with improved agricultural productivity that also deals with the impact of climatic and ecological changes remains an essential task in climate change adaptation policies and biodiversity policies.

This project aims to examine the influence of climatic and ecological changes on agriculture in Asia and the vulnerability of social economy quantitatively and qualitatively through econometric and statistical models and research conducted in agricultural communities. In identifying the merits of applying organic methods to both commercial large-scale production and traditional production, this project will attempt to suggest strategies for strengthening social resilience and promote sustainable development of agricultural communities in the Asian region. The findings of this project are expected to contribute to the framework of adaption measures agreed upon at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 16th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP16) and REDD+, the Fifth Assessment Report of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the Aichi Biodiversity Targets adopted at the Convention on Biological Diversity tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 10), the SATOYAMA Initiative, and biodiversity policies of such organizations as the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

Title of Research Project:

Strategy to enhance resilience to climate and ecosystem changes utilizing traditional bio-production systems in rural Asia

Research Period:

From FY2011 to FY2013.

Research points and organizational structure

  • Research on adaption to climatic and ecological changes of biological production systems (The University of Tokyo)
  • Research on methods to strengthen resilience through traditional knowledge and skills (United Nations University)
  • Research on biological production systems in harmony with biodiversity protection (Research Institute for Humanity and Nature)