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Efforts in Various Areas

Environmental Education

Backed by its expertise and experience, Ministry of the Environment is working on human resource development including the development of teaching materials for environmental education.

Name of Measures Environmental Leadership Initiatives for Asian Sustainability (ELIAS)
Outline The Ministry of the Environment has been working on the following three projects to embody the efforts to develop environmental leaders through partnership among industry, academia, government and civil society under the ELIAS:
  • Developing and disseminating model higher education programs
  • Establishing a "multi stakeholder consortium for developing environmental leaders," a framework of cooperation among all stakeholders from industry, academia, government and civil society for the purpose of developing environmental leaders
  • Developing a network of higher education institutions in the Asia-Pacific region committed to developing environmental leaders (Promotion of Sustainability in Postgraduate Education and Research Network (ProSPER.Net)
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Asia and Oceania
Progress and achievements1. Developing and disseminating model higher education programs
The Ministry of the Environment started the "Project on Model Higher Education Programs for Developing Environmental Leaders in Asia" so that Japanese higher education institutions would develop environmental leaders specified in the Environmental Leadership Vision in cooperation with Japanese companies, government and nonprofit organizations, as well as higher education institutions in Asia. After public solicitation for universities considering such programs, the Ministry selected six universities (Ibaraki University, University of Tokyo, Keio University, Chubu University, Shinshu University and Kochi University) in FY 2008, and five universities (Iwate University, Tohoku University, Sophia (Jochi) University, University of Shiga Prefecture and Osaka Prefecture University) in FY 2009. This is a three-year project for each university.

2. Establishing a "multi stakeholder consortium for developing environmental leaders"

In collaboration with the “Environmental Consortium for Leadership Development” established in March 2011, the Ministry of the Environment is developing and promoting educational programs for environmental leaders’ development in higher education institutions and companies, and working on the promotion of voluntary development of environmental leaders in companies (operation of an award system, etc.).

3. Developing a network of higher education institutions in the Asia-Pacific region committed to developing environmental leaders

In June 2008, the Ministry of the Environment, in cooperation with the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS), started a network of higher education institutions committed to integrating sustainability in their postgraduate education and research programs, which is called "ProSPER.Net (Promotion of Sustainability in Postgraduate Education and Research Network)." As of January 2017, the network boasts a roster of 37 participating higher education institutions from Japan, China, Republic of Korea, ASEAN countries, India, Australia, and other countries.
Division in charge Office for Promotion of Environmental Education, Environment and Economy Division, Environmental Policy Bureau
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Last updated March, 2017