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Japan Environment Quarterly (JEQ)
Volume 4 | December 2013

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Outcomes from the Fourth Global Conference of the International Partnership for the SATOYAMA Initiative (IPSI)



Deputy Director, Global Biodiversity Strategy Office, Nature Conservation Bureau

The Venue

The Fourth Global Conference of the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI-4) took place in Fukui City, Fukui Prefecture from September 12th to 14th. Satoyama is a Japanese term for a mosaic of different ecosystem types such as secondary forest and agricultural land.Satoyama-like ecosystem exists around the world. A general IPSI assembly and a public forum were held under the theme "Implementing ISPI strategies towards realizing biodiversity conservation and a human lifestyle of prosperity".

The general assembly was attended by approximately 120 members, and Senior Vice-Minister of the Environment Tanaka and Fukui Governor Nishikawa headed the opening speeches. A 5-year "IPSI Action Plan" to was agreed upon.

Approximately 140 members attended the public forum, where Director-General Hoshino of the Nature Conservation Bureau welcomed the attendees.

Also, Fukui Prefecture officially appointed the week from September 8th to 14th as "SATOYAMA International Conference 2013 in Fukui", and organized various events associated with Satoyama. At the general IPSI meeting, participants enjoyed a visit to the Satoyama of Fukui Prefecture for the first time, and a vibrant discussion discussing topics such as Fukui Prefecture's efforts was carried out. All in all, the week proved to be a success with positive reviews from both Japanese and visiting participants.

FIVE Perspectives in the Approach *Resource use within the carrying capacity and resilience of the environment. *Cyclic use of natural resources. *Recognition of the value and importance of local traditions and culture. *Multi-stakeholder participation and collaboration. *Contributions to socio-economies./ Approach *Consolidate wisdom on securing diverse ecosystem services and values. *Integrate traditional ecological knowledge and modern science to promote innovations. *Explore new forms of co-management systems./ Vision *Realizing society in harmony with nature

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The First Japan-UNEP Policy Dialogue

International Strategy Division, Global Environment Bureau

Mr. Steiner, Executive Director of UNEP and Dr. Yatsu, Vice-Minister of the Environment

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) was established in 1972 as an organization to put into effect the Declaration on the Human Environment and the Action Plan for Human Environment which were adopted in the same year's Stockholm Conference on Human Environment, and carries out general coordination regarding environmental conservation within the UN system.

Japan has actively supported the UNEP's activities. For example, UNEP International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC) which operates in Osaka is mainly supported by the government of Japan. Japan also became a member of the bureau of the UNEP Governing Council in February 2013.

On October 8th, the first UNEP policy dialogue was held in Tokyo to discuss further strengthening of collaboration between Japan and the UNEP. Mr. Steiner, Executive Director, and other delegates attended from UNEP, and Mr. Ryutaro Yatsu, Vice-Minister of the Environment, and other officials attended from Japan.

During the policy dialogue, discussions were held over collaboration and cooperation in new action fields such as improving and strengthening IETC activities, along with its relationship with "Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC)". They also discussed strengthening "Global Adaptation Network (GAN)" which promotes adaptation to climate change, based on the successful activities of "Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN)". It was also agreed that the actions of UNEP Regional Office for Asia Pacific would also be strengthened to tackle air pollution issues in Asia.

United Nations Environment Assembly of the UNEP (UNEA)

President :

Mr. Hassan Hilal (Sudan)

Vice Presidents :

Mr. Ryutaro Yatsu (Japan)
Ms. Idunn Eidheim (Norway)
Mr. Manuel Pulgar-Vidal Otaróla (Peru)


Ms. Beata Jaczewska (Poland)


In 2013, the UNEP Governing Council consisting of 58 members was renamed as UNEA, consisting of all countries.

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Headquarter (Nairobi)

Executive Director
Mr. Achim Schteiner

Regional Offices

Asia and Pacific
North America
(Washington DC)
West Asia
Latin America & Caribbean
(Panama City)

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Seminar Held on Introducing Low Carbon Cities in Asia-Pacific
Japan's Support to Realize "Leapfrog" Low Carbon Development in Asia-Pacific



Researcher, International Cooperation Office, Global Environment Bureau

Member's photo to let Cities in Asia-Pacific "Leapfrog" Low Carbon Development

Seventeen Environmentally Sustainable Cities (ESC) feasibility studies using Japan's Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM) have been conducted. Kick off meetings were held in noted project sites, Surabaya, Indonesia, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and Iskandar, Malaysia in July. Similar meetings were also held for other projects. ESC feasibility studies using JCM aimed at developing a low carbon society as "Whole City" or "Whole Region" base and combined feasibility studies where fields studied were in water purification, sanitation, waste management and transportation systems. The studies were supported by the Japanese central government and the Intercity Relationship/Cooperation between local municipalities in Japan and participating countries.

A seminar introducing "Low Carbon Cities in Asia-Pacific" was held at Pacifico Yokohama on 22 October 2013, was attended by officials from participating municipalities and regions where we are conducting ESC feasibility studies using JCM.

Studies of Intercity Relationship/Cooperation in Kitakyushu and Surabaya, Osaka and Ho Chi Minh cities were introduced as the successful cases.

An active and insightful debate was held in the latter half of the seminar, where attendees shared the idea that cities in Asia-Pacific region must address issues of global climate change in addition to local environmental issues. They highlighted that it is important to approach the development of low carbon societies by receiving financial support from the Japanese government, with Intercity Relationship/Cooperation and community capacity building using JCM as the comprehensive manner.

The launch of the website shown below was announced in the seminar for further assistance to develop the Low Carbon Societies in Asia-Pacific.

The above web-site is currently only in Japanese. An English language site will be available soon.

17 ESC Feasibility Studies using JCM

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No. Country Area Projects
1 Bangladesh Dhaka Low carbon & safe water supplies in rural areas: CO2 free & green water supply project
2 Cambodia Phnom Penh City Quantification of GHG reduction effect of countermeasures in water supply sector and study of MRV methodology
3 Indonesia Jakarta Feasibility study of dissemination of Japanese standard digital tachometer and unification of regional standard for the traffic pollution countermeasures in ASEAN metropolis
Thailand Bangkok
4 Indonesia Jakarta Strategic promotion of recovery and destruction of fluorocarbons
Malaysia Iskandar and Penang
Thailand Bangkok
5 Indonesia Jakarta Feasibility study on financing scheme development project for promoting energy efficiency equipment installation
6 Indonesia Medan Eco-friendly water supply system in ASEAN countries: CO2 half water supply project
Malaysia Iskandar
Vietnam Ho Chi Minh
7 Indonesia North Sumatra province Project for leapfrog development in waste and wastewater management sector
8 Indonesia  Surabaya Technical assistance for designing a low-carbon city plan
9 Malaysia Iskandar The feasibility study for large-scale formation of greenhouse gas emission reduction projects
10 Malaysia Penang and Seberang Perai Project for developing a low carbon society through "Waste to Energy technology"
11 Mongolia Ulaanbaatar City Efficiency improvement of energy supply side and demand side
12 Myanmar Yangon Supporting low-carbon city through Joint Crediting Mechanism(JCM) project formulation
13 South-Pacific Island Countries Integration of GHG mitigation and adaptation measures
14 Vietnam Ho Chi Minh HCMC-Osaka city cooperation project towards development of a low carbon city
15 Vietnam Ho Chi Minh Wide scale project formulation feasibility study under JCM through diffusion of water saving equipment and energy saving equipment
16 Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City and Da Nang City Feasibility study on low carbon community development project by promoting and motor bikes
17 Vietnam Da Nang City Introduction, issue identification and evaluation of Japanese technologies of waste management and processing

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