"The World and Japan" Database (Project Leader: TANAKA Akihiko)
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National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS); Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia (IASA), The University of Tokyo

[Title] Japan's Commitments for the implementation of "Kobe Call for Action for Biodiversity" (G8 Environment Ministers Meeting)

[Place] Kobe
[Date] May 26, 2008
[Source] Ministry of the Environment
[Full text]

Japan commits to implement Kobe Call for Action for Biodiversity, through activities, for example, such as follows;

1. SATOYAMA Initiative

- To collect and disseminate information on traditional and local knowledge on, and practices for living in balance and harmony with nature such as Satoyama, a country landscape in Japan and similar ecosystems in Asia and all over the world.

- To develop and propose models of society coexisting with nature in harmony, through holding international workshops and expert meetings.

2. Coral reef Marine Protected Area Networks in East Asia

- To promote conservation of coral reefs and related ecosystems through developing of Coral Reef MPA Networks in East Asia under International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI) framework.

- To hold "International Coral Reef Marine Protected Area Network Meeting" to discuss ways in which East Asian countries can enhance development of Coral Reef MPA Networks.

3. Kobe Biodiversity Dialogue

- To hold a global forum, "Kobe Biodiversity Dialogue" in order to promote information exchange, dialogue, discussion, and collaboration among various stakeholders including governments, business sector, NGOs, researchers, and international organizations.

4. Global Biodiversity Monitoring Networking Initiative

- To promote international collaboration in biodiversity monitoring activities by which impacts of climate change could also be monitored through remote sensing and observation on the ground.

- To enhance coordination, collaboration, and information sharing among existing monitoring networks and activities such as Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) and International Long Term Ecological Research (ILTER), through holding workshops and expert meetings to network such activities.