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Climate Change

Ministry of Environment addresses climate change that causes economic and environmental impacts on developing regions.
The table below presents some major examples of such cooperation projects.

Name of Measures (Budgets) International Research Network for Low Carbon Societies
Outline This is a network of researchers supporting scientific policy making, policymakers, business people and other related stakeholders. Through policy dialogues, various workshops and annual meetings, the network conducts close talks and shares knowledge on necessary core topics to bring about a low-carbon society, and by reflecting results into policies, aims to support the transition to a low-carbon and resilient society.
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Countries throughout the world
Progress and achievements The International Research Network for Low Carbon Societies (LCS-RNet) was established when Japan, which chaired the G8 in 2008, advocated the necessity of activities to link policies and research, and participating countries agreed to this proposal. Activities began in 2009, with the Secretariat located in Japan (Institute for Global Environmental Strategies: IGES).

LCS-RNet is a research exchange network for countries around the world to share scientific knowledge needed to create a low-carbon society and to come up with new ideas to achieve this. At the same time, it supports timely policy implementation directly linking policy with research and provides a platform for dialogue between researchers and policymakers.

LCS-RNet was approved at the G8 Environment Ministers Meeting held in Syracuse, Italy in April 2007, and it is expected that knowledge from the network will be reflected at the top level in environmental policies worldwide. The results will also be used as inputs in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and related international institutions. Researchers will use results from the network to contribute proactively to drafting low-carbon and green-growth strategies in their respective countries.

At the Seventh LCS-RNet Annual Meeting held in Paris, France in June 2015, about 80 participants from 15 countries, 3 international organizations, and one aid agency attended. At the Meeting, discussions were held from researchers’ perspectives on how financial and monetary policies can contribute to the transition to a low-carbon society, focusing on horizontal links between the energy system transition, the development of low-carbon cities and regions resilient to climate change, as well as low-carbon issues and their development processes. The content of the two-day discussions was compiled in a statement by the academic community. The statement was distributed at “Our Common Future under Climate Change”, an event held in Paris in July 2015, and submitted to the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy of France as input for COP21.
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Last updated December, 2015