The Outline

1st Asian Conference on Biocultural Diversity
October 27 (Thurs.) ~ 29 (Sat.), 2016
Aenokaze Hotel, Wakura-onsen, Nanano, Ishikawa
UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization,), Secretariat of Convention on Biological Diversity, United Nations University, Ishikawa Prefectural Government, Nanao City
Kanazawa City, Wajima City, Suzu City, Hakui City, Hakusan City, Shika Town, Houdatsushimizu Town, Nakanoto Town, Anamizu Town, Noto Town
Agency for Cultural Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Ministry of the Environment


Objectives of the Conference


The aim of this conference is to establish an “Asian Biocultural Model” for the sustainable use of biocultural resources for community development. In Asia, many local communities have been making use of resources provided by the ecosystems for their distinct local cultures. It is essential that such local natural resources are regarded as assets to be protected and preserved, and furthermore, utilized appropriately and wisely for the vitalization of communities.

The 1st Asian Conference

This will be the 1st Asian Conference on Biocultural Diversity in which researchers, practitioners and policy makers will assess the relationship between biological and cultural diversity as well as their conservation and use on a local level. Discussions on these assessments will be focused on implementation methods and policies based on the results of the 1st European Conference.

The 1st European Conference for the Implementation of the UNESCO-SCBD Joint Program on the Links between Cultural and Biological Diversity was held in Florence, Italy in 2014. Discussions by researchers and practitioners who have been involved in biocultural diversity activities emphasized the importance of biological and cultural diversity for our welfare, and the Florence Declaration on the Links between Cultural and Biological Diversity, which advocates mutual coordination in policymaking on various levels, was adopted.

Satoyama and Satoumi

Satoyama is a term applied to a mosaic of socio-ecological systems such as villages, farmlands, forests, grasslands, bamboo groves, and irrigation ponds that have been formed and maintained through long-term human influence.
Satoumi is a term applied to coastal areas which have a strong connection with peoples' livelihoods; an area where people lead their lives by acquiring the diverse riches of the sea.

Satoyama Initiatives International Partnership (IPSI) and Joint Program on the Links between Biological and Cultural Diversity have been launched under the leadership of the Japanese government and by UNESCO-SCBD respectively. Since the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP10) held in 2010, the importance of preserving the Japanese Satoyama and Satoumi lifestyle has been internationally recognized, and Noto’s Satoyama and Satoumi was later designated as a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System (GIAHS) in 2011.

Ishikawa Prefecture

The site of this conference, Ishikawa Prefecture, is filled with great nature and traditional culture, and has many internationally recognized biocultural resources. In addition to Noto’s Satoyama and Satoumi, it has Mt. Hakusan, which is designated as a Biosphere Reserve Site in the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere (MAB) program, and “Aenokoto,” which has been designated as an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO.

Ishikawa Prefecture has been integral with biocultural diversity conservation and GIAHS initiatives, and through this it has been able to continue utilizing and preserving Satoyama and Satoumi. It is in this environment the conference will be held to discuss the conservation and utilization of biocultural diversity resources for the sustainable regional development in Asia.

*To “What is biocultural diversity?”
*To Thematic Meeting