APN International Seminar on Biodiversity and Human Dimensions: Promoting Harmonious Coexistence, 01 February 2009, Kobe, Hyogo Pref., Japan

Everywhere in the world, as a result of economical development and/or land-use change, biodiversity is diminishing. In order to curb this trend but, at the same time, protect biodiversity and sustain healthy ecosystems, efforts towards harmonious coexistence between biodiversity and human society need to be understood and promoted among civil-society.

Facing the fact that various changes particularly those caused by human activities, are directly responsible for the extinction of many species, the objective of this International Seminar, which is the 3rd in a series of International Seminars on Biodiversity, is to deepen our understanding on the importance of biodiversity and discuss the need for a more harmonious coexistence with nature and the benefits it provides.

In so doing, interesting practices in agriculture and forestry in the Hyogo Prefecture, as well as international efforts for promoting biodiversity-related policies, will also be introduced.

Organised by: Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN), Hyogo Prefectural Government

Co-organised by: DIVERSITAS in Western Pacific and Asia (DIWPA)

Supported by: Ministry of the Environment, JAPAN; Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Kansai Research Centre; Hyogo Environmental Advancement Association; and The Japanese Society of Environmental Education, Kansai Branch

Presentations given by the invited speakers (in pdf file):

Rodrigo U. Fuentes – Linking Science with Policy: ACB initiatives in ASEAN Region and for the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

Hisae Tokumaru – Towards the CBD/COP10 from the Kobe Declaration

Tohru Nakashizuka – Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

Hiroshi Mukai – Biodiversity of Coastal Marine Ecosystems: Interactions of Land and Sea

Ayumi Onuma – Developing a Local Community and Economy by Oriental White Storks

Pilai Poonswad – Foster Parenthood of Hornbills (birds of the Bucerotidae family) in Thailand

Kanehiro Kitayama – Joint Benefits of Logging and the Conservation of Biodiversity in Tropical Rain Forests

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