Japanese Funds-in-Trust http://jfit-for-science.asia Tue, 07 May 2019 08:11:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 The Philippines’ Albay Biosphere Reserve hosts the 12th Southeast Asian Biosphere Reserves Network meeting http://jfit-for-science.asia/the-12th-southeast-asian-biosphere-reserves-network-seabrnet-meeting-strengthening-networks-for-sustainable-management-of-biosphere-reserve/ http://jfit-for-science.asia/the-12th-southeast-asian-biosphere-reserves-network-seabrnet-meeting-strengthening-networks-for-sustainable-management-of-biosphere-reserve/#comments Mon, 04 Feb 2019 09:25:24 +0000 http://jfit-for-science.asia/?p=3397 Participants of the 12th Southeast Asian Biosphere Reserves Network meeting

Participants of the 12th Southeast Asian Biosphere Reserves Network meeting

Against the backdrop of the spectacular Mount Mayon volcano, more than 140 delegates from across Asia and the Pacific gathered for in the 12th Southeast Asian Biosphere Reserves Network (SeaBRnet) meeting on 26 – 28 March 2019 in Legazpi City, Luzon Island – capital city of Albay Province, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and home to a population of 1.4 million.

Under the theme “Strengthening Networks for Sustainable Management of Biosphere Reserves”, the discussions in Albay sought to maximize the active networking within the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) community across Asia and the Pacific, particularly through direct exchange and collaboration among Biosphere Reserves across the region.

As part of the SeaBRnet meeting programme, an interactive field visit is included where participants were given the opportunity to explore and observe the implementation of the host’s Biosphere Reserve. In Albay, two parallel field visits were organized for the participants. The first field visit was conducted to observe conservation, tourism development, education to the sites of mountain hiking trails, an underground river, coastal and marine protected areas. The second one was offered to learn about the promotion of sustainable local economies within the Biosphere Reserve by visiting the Albay Farmer’s Bounty Village, a 15-hectare experimental site dedicated to testing and promotion of local agriculture products, currently being developed by the Provincial Government of Albay.

Organized as an annual planning and information-sharing event, SeaBRnet brings together Biosphere Reserves managers, stakeholders and MAB National Committees from across Southeast Asia. It also provides an opportunity to convene discussions on issues and challenges in managing BRs. In Legazpi, the representatives of Albay Biosphere Reserve and Wudalianchi Biosphere Reserve in China met to discuss the possible establishment a formal partnership between the two sites. Representing the private sectors, the AEON Foundation of Japan and Asia Pulp & Paper Group of Indonesia participated in the discussions, showcasing their partnership with the National Japan Biosphere Reserves Network (JBRN) and Indonesian BRs, respectively.

The meeting also included a special session for the Asia and the Pacific Biosphere Reserves Network (APBRN) which brings together representatives from the region’s four subregional MAB networks: SeaBRNet, SACAM, EABRN and PacMAB. Three guidelines related to the management of  Biosphere Reserve were launched at the session:  Sustainability Science; Eco-labelling and Certification; and Legal Aspects of Biosphere Reserve Zonation. The three guidelines were at the request of APBRN members in 2014 and the publications were made possible through the support of Japan Funds-in-Trust.

Finally, a specific focus was placed on youth engagement with the MAB Programme, with sessions dedicated to the upcoming 2nd Global MAB Youth Forum to be hosted by the Changbaishan Biosphere Reserve in China in September 2019, and the MAB Young Scientists Awards.

The meeting and associated events were hosted by the Provincial Government of Albay with the Philippines National Commission for UNESCO, facilitated by the SeaBRnet Secretariat at UNESCO Office Jakarta and supported by Japan Funds-in-Trust (JFIT). In a significant testimony to the strong commitment from the regional MAB community enjoyed by the network, the meeting was closed with the offer from Rinjani Lombok Biosphere Reserve in West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia, to host the network’s 13th meeting in 2020.

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The 26th IHP Regional Steering Committee Meeting for Asia and the Pacific http://jfit-for-science.asia/the-26th-ihp-regional-steering-committee-meeting-for-asia-and-the-pacific/ http://jfit-for-science.asia/the-26th-ihp-regional-steering-committee-meeting-for-asia-and-the-pacific/#comments Wed, 05 Dec 2018 07:28:00 +0000 http://jfit-for-science.asia/?p=3229  

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Background and updates

Having served Southeast Asia and the Pacific for 25 years, the IHP Asia and the Pacific Regional Steering Committee (RSC) met for the first time as a full regional body with representation from 20 countries spanning the full range of the region during 3-5 November 2018. The meeting held in associated with the Catalogue of Hydrologic Analysis (CHA) Workshop.

With broad regional support, the development of the Catalogue of Hydrologic Analysis – a series of publications through which contributors to UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme aim to share data, knowledge and experiences in key water science and management fields – was formally initiated prior to the formal opening of the 26th IHP Regional Steering Committee for Asia and the Pacific.

Focusing on hazard 26 RSC - Copymapping, a dedicated workshop held on 3 November saw presentations on approaches and methods from eleven countries, generating lively exchange and interaction. Coordinated by the Secretary of the RSC, Dr. Yasuto Tachikawa of Japan, the workshop took the first steps towards defining the scope, structure and content of the Catalogue of Hydrologic Analysis – as well as devised a work plan for the further development of this regional collaborative, which builds upon a previous collaborative effort of the RSC, the Catalogue of Rivers series ( http://hywr.kuciv.kyoto-u.ac.jp/ihp/riverCatalogue).

Chaired by Dr. Ignasius Sutapa of Indonesia and hosted by China and the Chinese IHP National Committee represented by Dr. Cai Jianyuan, the formal meeting of the RSC held on 4 November gathered representatives from 20 countries including new members from Afghanistan, Iran and Nepal – as well as the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, representing its Pacific Island member states. Also in attendance were six UNESCO water category 2 centres and chairs from the region as well as from Europe.

On 5 November, the Shanghai Hydrologic Administration hosted a field visit to the Songpu Bridge Hydrologic Monitoring Station at Ye Xie Town, Song Jiang District, in the city of Shanghai. The visit allowed participating delegates an insight into the techniques, procedures and equipment employed in the monitoring of water resources in one of the largest urban areas of the world.Field Trip RSC

With 26 presentations from country delegations, centres and chairs, the Shanghai meeting was among the largest and most comprehensive meetings of the RSC to date. Delegations showed considerable interest in hosting upcoming meetings of the Committee. The 27th meeting will be hosted by Myanmar in November 2019, with subsequent meetings to be held in Vietnam, Malaysia and Iran.

Date and Venue

The 26th meeting of the RSC was held during 3-5 November 2018 at the Ocean Hotel in Central Shanghai, China.


Newsflash and photo gallery of the event could be found here.


Day 1: 3 November 2018

 Time                                                                     Agenda Item Resource Person  /  PIC                                                                                                                                                                                             
-15.00  Registration
15.00 – 19.00 Catalogue of Hydrologic Analysis (CHA) workshop. Download all presentations:[general] [Australia] [China] [Indonesia] [Japan] [Korea] [Malaysia] [Myanmar] [Nepal] [New Zealand] [Pacific] [Vietnam] Yasuto Tachikawa, Kyoto University
Hans Dencker Thulstrup, UNESCO Jakarta

Day 2: 4 November 2018

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08:30-09:00 Registration
09:00-09:10 Welcome Remarks Ignasius Sutapa, RSC Chairperson

Cai Jianyuan, Director of Hydrology Department, Ministry of Water Resources, China

Zhou Jianguo, Deputy Director of Water Affairs Bureau, China

09:10-09:25 Opening Remarks Yasuto Tachikawa, Secretary IHP-RSC SEAP

Hans Dencker Thulstrup, UNESCO Jakarta

09:25-09:30 Adoption of the Agenda Ignasius Sutapa, RSC Chairperson
09:30-10:00 Group photo & coffee break
10:00-10:15 Secretariat report RSC AP Secretariat [download]
10:15-10:30 Report from the 23rd IHP Council Prof. Farhad Yekeh Yazdandoost, IGC Vice-Chair
10:30-10:45 Updates from IHP AP region- Nomination of IHP-IX experts from AP region- Nomination of Task Force on Publication on Water and Climate Change Ignasius Sutapa, RSC ChairpersonYasuto Tachikawa, Secretary IHP-RSC SEAP
10:45-12:30 Country reports (5min/country) IHP delegates IHP delegates:[Afghanistan] [Australia] [China] [Indonesia] [Iran] [Japan] [Korea] [Lao PDR] [Malaysia] [Mongolia] [Myanmar] [Nepal] [New Zealand] [Pacific] [Philippine] [Thailand] [Timor Leste] [Vietnam]
12:30-14:00 Lunch break
14:00-14:15 Updates from water Chairs and water-related Centres under the Auspices of UNESCO in Asia and the Pacific IHP delegates:[APCE] [HTCKL] [ICHARM] [ICWRGC] [IWSSM] [RCUWM] [WENDI]
14:15-14:45 Catalogue of Hydrologic Analysis(CHA): a report from workshop and next steps Yasuto Tachikawa, Secretary IHP-RSC AP

Hans Dencker Thulstrup, UNESCO Jakarta

14:45-15:15 Report from the 8th World WaterForum 2018 RSC Secretariat and IHP delegates
15:15-15:30 Coffee break
15:30-15:35 Presentation by the proposed host country of the 27th RSC meeting and associated conference (2019) IHP delegates, RSC Secretariat
15:35-15:40 Identification of potential host for the 28th RSC meeting and associated conference (2020) IHP delegates, RSC Secretariat
15:40-16:00 Election of the Secretary IHP RSC Ignasius Sutapa, RSC Chairperson
16:00-16:30 Any other issues IHP delegates
16:30-16:45 Adoption of Resolutions IHP delegates
16:45-17:00 Closing of the Meeting Ignasius Sutapa, RSC Chairperson

Day 3: 5 November 2018

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07.30-12.00 Field visit to hydrological monitoring station                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Organizer
12.00 – onwards Afternoon Departure of participants (FRIEND delegates to Beijing) Organizer
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Japanese Funds-in-Trust for Scientific Programmes Annual Review Meeting http://jfit-for-science.asia/japanese-funds-in-trust-for-scientific-programmes-annual-review-meeting/ http://jfit-for-science.asia/japanese-funds-in-trust-for-scientific-programmes-annual-review-meeting/#comments Wed, 03 Oct 2018 02:35:58 +0000 http://jfit-for-science.asia/?p=3184 New project proposals, progress, and outcomes of Japanese Funds-in-Trust (JFIT) projects were discussed between Government of Japan and UNESCO.


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Annual Review Meeting at UNESCO Jakarta Office

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Visit for LIPI Oceanography Research Center


Visit for Tsunami Early Warning System in BMKG


Visit for IOTIC Office

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Discussion in Annual Review Meeting


Discussion in JFIT Annual Review Meeting


Visit for APCE

On 24 September 2018, representatives from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan (MEXT) and UNESCO held the Annual Review Meeting of “Japanese Funds-in-Trust (JFIT) for Scientific Programmes on Global Challenges in Asia and the Pacific Region”. The meeting reviewed the progress and outcome of seven projects, and discussed new project proposals in three areas of focus.

Highlights of the discussion included, continuous effort on enhancing synergies, fostering cooperation among science network, UNESCO, and other UN agencies, utilizing JFIT legacy. Participants reaffirmed the catalytic role of JFIT in contribution towards SDGs and 2030 Agenda.

Concluded by Mr. Shahbaz Khan, Director and Representative of UNESCO Jakarta, and Ms. Eri Hata, Assistant Director-General for International Affairs of MEXT/ Assistant Secretary-General of the Japanese National Commission for UNESCO, participants from MEXT, UNESCO Jakarta, IOC/WESTPAC Secretariat, and the relevant divisions from UNESCO Headquarters agreed to keep working closely for further project development.

Site Visit for UNESCO Scientific Partner Organizations

Representatives from MEXT visited three UNESCO scientific partner institutions around Jakarta on the next day. First, in Asia Pacific Center for Ecohydrology (APCE), Mr. Iignasius D.A. Sutapa (Executive Director) provided introduction of the activities and short visit of mini ecohydrology demo-site. Second, the group visited Oceanography Research Centre of Indonesian institute of sciences (LIPI), and Mr. Dirhamsyah (Director) introduced current strategy and research activities of the laboratories. Finally, in Indian Ocean Tsunami Information Center (IOTIC) in Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics (BMKG), the visitors saw Tsunami early warning systems and relevant training materials with explanation from Mr Ardito Kodijat (Head of Indian Ocean Tsunami Information Centre, IOC-UNESCO) from UNESCO Jakarta.

What is JFIT for Scientific Programmes

UNESCO has enjoyed a long-standing and solid cooperation with the Government of Japan through the JFIT since 1969. Among the various series of JFIT covering all the fields of UNESCO, MEXT has been supporting the Natural Sciences activities in Asia and the Pacific region for more than 40 years. UNESCO Jakarta hosts the annual review meeting as a manager of this JFIT.

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UNESCO has enjoyed a long-standing and solid cooperation with the GoJ through the JFIT since 1969. Among the various series of JFIT covering all the fields of UNESCO, MEXT has been supporting the Natural Sciences activities in Asia and the Pacific region for more than 40 years.

On 14 June 2018, the Annual Review Meeting of the Japanese Funds-in-Trust for Scientific Programmes on Global Challenges in Asia and the Pacific Region was held in UNESCO Headquarter in Paris. Participants from MEXT, the Permanent Delegation of Japan to UNESCO, and the Embassy of Japan, UNESCO Jakarta, IOC/WESTPAC Secretariat, and the relevant divisions from UNESCO Headquarters took part in the meeting.

Opened by Mr. Shahbaz Khan (Director and Representative of UNESCO Jakarta), Mr. Koji Kitayama (Minister and Deputy Permanent Delegate of Japan to UNESCO), and Ms. Eri Hata (Assistant Director-General for International Affairs of MEXT/ Assistant Secretary-General of the Japanese National Commission for UNESCO), the meeting reviewed the progress of ongoing projects and discussed on post-2019 direction.

The discussion focused on the post-2019 JFIT strategy, highlighting the contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 2030 Agenda, Science Policy Interface, and the creation of synergies among different programmes. UNESCO Jakarta and colleagues continues discussion with MEXT towards the Annual Review Meeting (Part 2), planned to be held in September 2018.


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First Regional Training Course on UNESCO Global Geoparks for National Commissions for UNESCO in Oki Islands, Japan 27-30 May 2018 http://jfit-for-science.asia/first-regional-training-course-on-unesco-global-geoparks-for-national-commissions-for-unesco-in-oki-islands-japan-27-30-may-2018/ http://jfit-for-science.asia/first-regional-training-course-on-unesco-global-geoparks-for-national-commissions-for-unesco-in-oki-islands-japan-27-30-may-2018/#comments Thu, 07 Jun 2018 04:12:23 +0000 http://jfit-for-science.asia/?p=3140 Group Photo UGGp Training

Group Photo UGGp Training

UNESCO Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, Office Jakarta in collaboration with Japanese Geoparks Network and as local host, Oki Islands UNESCO Global Geopark Promotion Committee organized the “Regional training course on UNESCO Global Geoparks- perspectives for National Commission for UNESCO in the Asia and the Pacific region-”, 27-30 May 2018 in Oki Island, Japan. The four-days training course was attended by 23 international participants from National Commissions and National focal points for UNESCO Global Geoparks from 13 countries (list), 25 Japanese participants from all nine Japanese UNESCO Global Geoparks, Japanese Geoparks Network, Japanese Geopark Committee and Japanese National Commission from UNESCO and four Science Officers from UNESCO Apia, Bangkok, Jakarta and Hanoi offices. Among the 59 participants, 34% were female.

After the development of the open online introduction course on UNESCO Global Geopark (http://connect-asia.org/connect-asia-e-learning-platform/), this training course was the second activity under the project “Geoparks for Enhanced Multidimensional Sustainability in the Asia and Pacific Region (GEMS)” supported by the Japanese Funds-in-Trust (JFIT). GEMS aims to raise the capacity of Asia and the Pacific region to establish new UNESCO Global Geoparks and to improve existing ones. Indeed, in 2018, only seven countries out of the 49 in the region have a UNESCO Global Geopark however the potential of the region is very high especially as UNESCO Global Geoparks are model for local sustainable development allying the celebration of Earth Heritage and the sustainment of local communities.

The training course was opened by the Director of UNESCO Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, Prof. Shahbaz Khan, the Secretary General of the Japanese National Commission for UNESCO, Mr. Kazuaki Kawabata and the Vice-President of the Japanese Geoparks Network, Mr. Ryuzaburo Furukawa.  The training course was the occasions for international and Japanese participants to be introduced or deepen their understanding on the UNESCO Global Geopark’s concept with lectures from Prof. Zouros, President of Global Geopark Network, Prof. McKeever, from UNESCO HQ and Prof. Nakada, President of Japanese Geoparks Committee. Through workshop sessions, participants identified local challenges and discussed solutions to local challenges in establishing or improving UNESCO Global Geoparks such as funding issues, awareness raising, technical and geological aspects, community engagements and livelihoods or education challenges. Participants also discussed and exchanged on the roles of the different partners and stakeholders to be engaged and Dr. Mahito Watanabe and Dr. Anton Setyo Nugroho explained the journey in Japan and in Indonesia for UNESCO Global Geoparks to receive national government support. Finally, all participating countries presented initial roadmap for their local content on how to advance the establishment or improvement of UNESCO Global Geoparks.

Field Trip Picture

Field Trip Picture

On 29 May 2018, the participants visited the amazing features of Oki Islands UNESCO Global Geoparks in Ninoshima Island and could understand better what a UNESCO Global Geopark should offer and how local communities need to be involved.

The main conclusion of the training course was that UNESCO Global Geoparks need a strong local champion and strategic planning and advocacy in order to mobilise institutions and establish supporting institutional framework. This conclusion is similar to Sustainability Science approach application for UNESCO designated sites management as also aiming for participatory and inclusive local sustainable development. 

For further details please contact: a.sugiura@unesco.org

Agenda of the UGGp Training in Oki Island, Japan 27-30 May 2018
Day and Date Time Location Activity
Saturday, 26-May- 2018 09:30 Izumo Airport Participants departure from Izumo Airport
10:00 Oki Airport Participants arrive in Oki Airport
12:55 Itami Airport Participants departure from Itami Airport
13:45 Oki Airport Participants arrive in Oki Airport
14:00 Okinoshima Town Pre-tour
19:00 Hotel Ice Breaking Party
21:00 Opening Remarks: Oki Islands Geopark Promotional Committee Chairman
Welcoming Address: Shimane Prefecture, Vice-Governor
Oki Folk Song Performance
Sunday, 27-May-2018 9:00-9:30 Oki Cultural Center Remarks from Organizers
(Prof. Shahbaz Khan, Director, UNESCO Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, Jakarta Office)
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)
(Mr. Kazuaki Kawabata, Director-General for International Affairs
Japan Geoparks Network
(Mr. Ryuzaburo Furukawa, Vice President)
9:30-10:10 Global Geoparks Network
(Prof. Nickolaos Zouros, President GGN)
10:10-10:30 Break
10:30-11:10 UNESCO Global Geoparks
(Prof. Patrick McKeever, Chief of Section, UNESCO)
11:10-11:40 Asia Pacific Geoparks Network
(Mr. Yuan Zheng, CGN)
11:40-13:20 Lunch
13:20-13:50 Geopark Activities in Japan
(Dr. Mahito Watanabe, JGC)
13:50-14:20 JGC, Geoparks and Geosites
(Prof. Setsuya Nakada, President, JGC)
14:20-15:30 Workshop
15:30-15:50 Break
15:50-16:10 Educational Activities and Research Support
(Ms. Devona Lauritzen, Mt. Apoi UGGp)
16:10-16:40 On Conservation
(Dr. Ko Takenouchi, Itoigawa UGGp)
19:00~ Hotel
Monday, 28-May-2018 9:00-9:15 Oki Cultural Center Reflection on previous day
(Dr. Ai Sugiura, UNESCO Jakarta)
9:20-9:40 Local Sustainable Development and Management
(Mr. Yukihiro Matsuura, San’in Kaigan UGGp)
9:40-10:00 Education utilizing geoparks, ESD, SDGs
(Dr. Katsuhiko Asahi, Izu Peninsula UGGp)
10:00-10:20 Island Geoparks
(Ms. Jagoda Woloszyn, Oki Islands UGGp)
10:20 – 10:50 Networking, Gender, and Capacity Development Activity
(Ms. Kana Furusawa, JGN)
10:50 – 11:10 Break
11:10-11:20 Workshop (Share impressions of Geoparks)
11:20-12:30 Lunch
12:30-14:00 Workshop (What can be accomplished through Geoparks? What are the goals of Geoparks?)
Candle Island Sightseeing Cruise option
Tuesday, 29-May-2018 08:30 Saigo Port Departure from Saigo Port
10:05 Beppu Port Arrival at Beppu Port
10:30 – 17:00 Nishinoshima Town Sightseeing Cruise, Trekking, Shell Painting Activity
Farewell with paper streamers
17:15 Beppu Port Departure from Beppu Port
18:30 Saigo Port Arrival at Saigo Port
Wednesday, 30-May-2018 09:00 – 16:30 Oki Cultural Center Recap from day two
(Dr. Ai Sugiura, UNESCO Jakarta)
Role of Natcom for Geopark
(Ms. Eri Hata, ADG for International Affairs, MEXT/Secretary-General for Japanese Natcom for UNESCO)
Workshop (Brainstorm solutions for real/possible problems faced by each region in carrying out Geopark activities)
Closing Ceremony
(Ms. Eri Hata, Assistant Director-General for International Affairs, MEXT)
(Mr. Kazuhiro Nobe, Oki Islands UGGp Office Head/JGN)
18:30 – 21:00 Hotel Farewell party
Thursday, 31-May-2018 10:25 – 12:15 Oki Airport-Izumo Airport-Itami Airport Flights to Itami
10:25 – 13:45 Oki Airport-Izumo Airport- Haneda Airport Flights to Haneda
14:20 – 15:05 Oki Airport-Itami Airport Flights to Itami

UNESCO Jakarta website: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/jakarta/about-this-office/single-view/news/first_regional_training_course_on_unesco_global_geoparks_for/

UNESCO Jakarta twitter: https://twitter.com/unescojakarta/status/1004188415351377920

UNESCO Jakarta Facebook: 


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The 11th Southeast Asian Biosphere Reserves Network (SeaBRnet) Meeting: “Biosphere Reserves: Exploring Local Solutions for Global Sustainability http://jfit-for-science.asia/the-11th-southeast-asian-biosphere-reserves-network-seabrnet-meeting-biosphere-reserves-exploring-local-solutions-for-global-sustainability/ http://jfit-for-science.asia/the-11th-southeast-asian-biosphere-reserves-network-seabrnet-meeting-biosphere-reserves-exploring-local-solutions-for-global-sustainability/#comments Wed, 16 May 2018 08:11:23 +0000 http://jfit-for-science.asia/?p=3103  Including a special session of the Asia-Pacific Biosphere Reserve Network

Chiang Mai, Thailand, 21-25 May 2018


Theme and key sessions

Under the theme “Biosphere Reserves: Exploring Local Solutions for Global Sustainability”, the 11th Southeast Asian Biosphere Reserves Network (SeaBRnet) meeting will be held in Chiang Mai, Thailand during 21-25 May 2018, and will include a special session of the Asia-Pacific Biosphere Reserve Network (APBRN). The meetings are hosted by Thailand National MAB Committee through the Thailand Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, facilitated by the SeaBRnet Secretariat at UNESCO Office Jakarta and UNESCO Office Bangkok, and supported by Japan Funds-in-Trust (JFIT), the Government of Thailand, and UNESCO.

The 11th SeaBRnet meeting gathers representatives from the MAB community in Southeast Asia, including MAB National Committees and Biosphere Reserve managers. They will be joined by representatives of the South and Central Asia MAB Network (SACAM), the East Asian Biosphere Reserve Network (EABRN) and the Pacific Man and Biosphere (PacMAB) programme.

11th SeaBRnet Meeting, Thailand 2018

The programme will include exchanges of experience and opinion among the members of SeaBRnet and its sister networks, as well as discussions on interaction among UNESCO programmes, implementation of Lima Action Plan, and the strategic contributions of MAB and its networks in Asia and the Pacific towards the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). With a particular focus on the potential of biosphere reserves to contribute towards the SDGs, the overall objective of the meeting is to explore, devise and share local solutions for global sustainability.

In response to a request from members of the Asia-Pacific Biosphere Reserve Network (APBRN), special attention will be given to the biosphere reserve nomination process and the promotion of biosphere reserves as efficient tools for sustainable economic and social development across the region. These discussions will be brought to the fore during a special session of the APBRN during which three guidelines documents will be reviewed, resulting from studies coordinated by the UNESCO Office Jakarta with the support of Japan Funds-in-Trust (JFIT) in the context of the project Biosphere Reserves Interconnected in Diverse Global Environments for Sustainability in Asia and the Pacific (BRIDGES in AP).

The studies include a framework for biosphere reserve management informed by sustainability science, guidelines for applying eco-labelling in biosphere reserves, and a comparative study on legal aspects of biosphere reserve zonation. Each draft document has been developed through the mobilization of MAB expert networks in the region. The special session will present preliminary draft editions of the three documents, and will solicit inputs and discussion towards their finalization. The session will also seek expressions of interest from participating biosphere reserves in trialling the implementation of the recommendations made.

The programme also includes a dedicated MAB Communication Workshop that will equip participants with enhanced tools through which to communicate and share biosphere reserve experiences and achievements. The workshop will demonstrate how to develop powerful stories for local biosphere reserves based on common MAB themes and values. Participants will get the opportunity to explore what MAB values mean, how they can be applied to the local context, and how to use the story framework to convey the message of BR values to stakeholders as part of the global communication strategy under the Lima Action Plan.

The meeting will include a one-day field visit to the adjacent Mae Sa Kog Ma Biosphere Reserve, including optional stops at the Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden, Ban Pong Krai and Eat Pa Dara Pirom, or Doi Pui Mong Village and Wat Pra That Doi Suthep. The field visit will allow participants to observe and provide advice on the implementation of the biosphere reserve concept in practice.


The 11th SeaBRnet meeting and special APBRN session will gather representatives from MAB National Committees, Biosphere Reserves managers and key stakeholders, experts and practitioners in Southeast Asia and the wider Asia and the Pacific to:

  • Explore, devise and advance local solutions for global sustainability and the SDGs  through the sharing of local and regional experiences in from participating Biosphere Reserves in order to;
  • Promote and advance the Biosphere Reserve concept as an efficient tool for sustainable economic and social development through discussion of key issues related to Biosphere Reserve management, local economies, nomination and zonation;
  • Share knowledge on the creation of powerful stories for local biosphere reserves and use it as a tool to communicate with stakeholders and the public.


Participants are expected to attend the workshop, including international and local participants. Invitees include representatives from the following organizations:

  • MAB National Committees
  • Biosphere Reserve managers
  • MAB related key stakeholders
  • IHP
  • PacMAB
  • Japan Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT)
  • University of Tokyo
  • Western Sydney University
  • Representatives of the private sector

Contact Information

Mr. Hans Dencker Thulstrup

Senior Programme Specialist on Water and Environmental Sciences

email : h.thulstrup[at]unesco.org


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Within the framework of Man and Biosphere (MAB) Programme, the Japan Funds-in-Trust  (JFIT) project “Biosphere Reserves Interconnected in Diverse Global Environments for Sustainability in Asia and the Pacific (BRIDGES) in AP” aims to promote sustainability science and sustainable economic and  social  development  across  the  region  by  strengthening  Biosphere  Reserves  (BR) as a tool for promoting sustainability science. BRIDGES will define and develop a suitable sustainability science-informed approach to BR management with the purpose of improving BR management in Asia and the Pacific, and to encourage the establishment of new BRs in the region with Sustainability Science principles.


The meeting brought together leading biosphere reserve and sustainability science experts from across Asia and the Pacific for two days of knowledge exchange and discussion with the purpose of formulating guidance that will allow for biosphere reserve managers to benefit from the approaches and methodologies in the management of their sites. The resulting publication will serve to improve biosphere reserve management through the application of sustainability science concepts and approaches, and also to encourage the establishment of new BRs in Asia and Pacific region.

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A total of 25 participants (10 female) attended this meeting, which comprised of biosphere reserve managers, sustainability science experts, and members of Man and Biosphere (MAB) Programme National Committees (as well as the former Secretary of the MAB Programme) and biosphere reserve managers from Australia, Indonesia, Japan,  Kazakhstan, Malaysia, People’s Republic of China (via Skype), Republic of Korea, and Vietnam, as well as local and national Japanese stakeholders. The local and national stakeholders comprised of representatives from the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), AEON Environmental Foundation, Kanzawa University, United Nations University (UNU), Minakami Town, and University of Tokyo students.


The meeting resulted in the development of an initial draft framework emphasizing the importance of policy integration, legal recognition, professional development, periodic reviews, partnerships, collaboration, networking, and the integration of existing MAB-related frameworks such as the new MAB Strategy (2016-2025), the Lima Action Plan, as well as the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals into the final document.

A final draft of the framework will be presented during the upcoming 11th South East Asia Biosphere Reserve Network (SeaBRnet) meeting hosted by the Government of Thailand in Chiang Mai, Thailand 21-25 May 2017. During this meeting, a special session of the Asia-Pacific Biosphere Reserve Network (APBRN) will be convened. Based on the feedback received from this session, the standard framework is expected to be finalized by July 2018 in time for the MAB International Coordinating Council session to be held in Palembang, Indonesia, during 23-27 July 2018.

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The 25th IHP Regional Steering Committee Meeting for Southeast Asia and the Pacific http://jfit-for-science.asia/25th-rsc-meeting-and-unesco-jastip-symposium/ http://jfit-for-science.asia/25th-rsc-meeting-and-unesco-jastip-symposium/#comments Mon, 18 Dec 2017 02:17:24 +0000 http://jfit-for-science.asia/?p=2841 in conjunction with

UNESCO-JASTIP Joint Symposium on Intra-Regional Water Security and Disaster Management

Manila, the Philippines, 13-16 November 2017

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Download the Symposium Proceeding


Faced with numerous water security challenges over the past decades, Asia and the Pacific has consistently engaged actively with UNESCO’s water science programmes, beginning with the International Hydrology Decade (1965-1974) and continuing through International Hydrological Programmes (IHP) from 1975 to the present day. The active engagement in these programmes by the region’s water science community has enabled it to make a significant contribution towards the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals today.

This commitment to the active implementation of IHP programmes in Asia and the Pacific led to the establishment of the Regional Steering Committee for Southeast Asia and the Pacific (RSC-SEAP) in 1993. Over a quarter century, this body has contributed vastly to the development and implementation of UNESCO’s water programmes in the region. Its meetings have served as a unique and crucial information-sharing platform, and have helped direct UNESCO’s regional water programmes towards solving key issues relating to water scarcity, water-related disasters and water education.

RSC MeetingSupported by its Secretariat based at the UNESCO Office Jakarta and with contributions from its participating member states, the RSC has coordinated and implemented a wide range of initiatives, including research studies, technical projects, workshops, training courses and annual symposia, bringing together many specialists involved in water-related activities.

Within the framework of UNESCO IHP-VIII Strategic Plan (2014-2021) on “Water Security: Responses to Local and Global Challenges, UNESCO Office Jakarta in collaboration with local partners organized the 2017’s RSC meeting in Manila, the Philippines. The event marked the 25th anniversary of the RSC-SEAP. Following an established tradition of associating meetings of the RSC with academic exchanges and events, the 25th RSC-SEAP meeting was organized in conjunction with UNESCO-JASTIP (Japan-ASEAN Science, Technology and Innovation Platform) Joint Symposium on Intra-Regional Water Security and Disaster Management.


The main objective of the RSC meeting was to report, evaluate, and review activities carried out within the framework of IHP in different countries of the region. The UNESCO-JASTIP Symposium featured a range of exciting scientific lectures and discussions as well as networking opportunities with experts, researchers and practitioners from the UNESCO-IHP and JASTIP networks. Scheduled in between these two events, a one-day field visit to Laguna Lake near Manila provided an opportunity to review and discuss local water management practices, including a visit to a hydropower facility.Symposium

Date and Venue

The series of linked events took place from 13 to 16 November 2017 at Seda Vertis North Hotel in Quezon City in the Philippines.


Newsflash and photo gallery of the event could be found here.

Participant and Agenda

Approximately 100 water professionals, experts, practitioners, policymakers, and researchers from countries across the region took part in the event. The detailed agenda is presented below.

13 November 2017:  The 25th IHP-Regional Steering Committee South East Asia Pacific Meeting

Agenda item
Resource Person/PIC
Welcome Remarks
  • Guillermo Tabios, RSC Chairperson & Organizer
  • Philippines National Commission for UNESCO
Opening Remarks
  • Yasuto Tachikawa, Secretary IHP-RSC SEAP
  • Hans Dencker Thulstrup, UNESCO
Adoption of the Agenda
Guillermo Tabios, Chairperson
Group Photo & Coffee break
Secretariat report
RSC SEAP Secretariat [download]
Report of IGC Bureau
Yasuto Tachikawa, IGC Vice-Chair [download]
Country Reports (5min/country)
IHP delegates: [Australia] [China] [Fiji] [India] [Indonesia] [Japan] [Malaysia] [Mongolia] [Myanmar] [New Zealand] [Pakistan] [Philippines] [RO Korea] [Thailand] [Vietnam]
Lunch break
Updates from the centres under the auspices of UNESCO in the Asia Pacific Region
UNESCO Category 2 Water Centres: [APCE] [HTCKL] [ICWRGC] [ICHARM]
27th IHP Training Course
Yasuto Tachikawa
Updates on Catalogue of Hydrologic Analysis modules (followed by discussion)
Kenichiro Kobayashi, Takahiro Sayama, Yasuto Tachikawa [download]
Discussion on possible RSC Statutes and membership
RSC Secretariat
Coffee break
Presentation by the foreseen host for the 26th RSC meeting and associated conference
China delegateRSC Secretariat
Potential host for the 27th RSC meeting and associated conference
IHP delegates, RSC SEAP Secretariat
Election of RSC Chair
IHP delegates
Any other issues
IHP delegates
Adoption of Resolutions
IHP delegates
Closing of the Meeting
Guillermo Tabios, RSC Chairperson


15 November 2017: UNESCO-JASTIP Joint Symposium on Intra-Regional Water Security and Disaster Management

 8:00 – 8:30 am
8:30 – 10:20
Opening Ceremony
National Anthem
Welcome Addresses
Dr. Guillermo Tabios III
Chairperson, UNESCO-IHP RSC, Chair, Local Organizing Committee, UNESCO-JASTIP Joint Symposium
Prof. Kaoru Takara
Coordinator JASTIP-WP4 Symposium, Former Chairperson UNESCO-IHP RSC
Dr. Hans Dencker Thulstrup
Senior Program Specialist, Water and Environmental Sciences UNESCO Office – Jakarta
Prof. Yoshinori Honkura
Professor Emeritus of the Tokyo Institute of Technology), representative of Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST).
Special Commemorative Addresses on the Occasion of the 25th Anniversary of IHP Regional Steering Committee Meeting for South East Asia and the Pacific
Prof. Kuniyoshi Takeuchi 
Professor Emeritus, Yamanashi University INCLUDING MESSAGE of Prof Yutaka Takahashi
(Professor Emeritus, University of Tokyo) [download]
Prof. Soontak Lee 
Distinguished Professor, Yeungnam University,
Daegu, Republic of Korea [download]
Musical Number
Opening of Joint Symposium
Lila Ramos Shahani
Secretary General, Philippine National Commission for UNESCO
10:20 – 10:30
Group Photo & coffee Break
All Participants and Guests
10:30 – 12:30
1st Technical Session: River basin management and water governance
Prof. Hidayat Pawitan and Dr. Eugene Herrera
Ian White, Jicai Zeng, Jinzhong Yang, Jian Yu, Xin Ma
Challenges to Water Security: Hetao Irrigation District, Yellow River Inner Mongolia [download]
Dennis Jamieson
Implementing change:  low-cost, high impact approaches to meet water quality targets identified through an IWRM process [download]
Vikas Chandra Goyal
IWRM at Watershed Scale Helps District Government for Water Security [download]
Eva Mia Siska, Takahiro Sayama, Kaoru Takara
Understanding potential conflicts among sectors due spatial and seasonal water use and availability in Bali, Indonesia [download]
Shahbaz Khan, Ai Sugiura, Asma Younas, Umair Rabbani, Raza Shah
Multilevel stakeholders’ engagement for strategic strengthening of flood warning and management capacity in Pakistan [download]
Karlina, Takahiro Sayama, Kaoru Takara
ENSO impact to the hydrological drought in Lombok Island, Indonesia [download]
Maria Cristina V. David, Guillermo Q. Tabios III
Optimization of the net revenue of rice production in Pampanga [download]
Ulrich Looser
Facilitator Between Data Providers And Data Users [download]
12:30 – 1:30 pm
Lunch Break
1:30 –  3:45
Inclusive of coffee break
2nd Technical Session: SD6 and Ecohydrology
Prof. Ian White and Dr. Hans Thulstrup
Gregorio l. Ortiz III, Jhoanna Rhodette I, Pedrasa
Distributed Data Validation and Reconstruction for Water Distribution Monitoring Systems [download]
Amie Lou G. Cisneros
Environmental Flow Assessment of Manolo Fortich Hydro – Electric Power System [download]
Ma. Brida lea d. Diola, Beatrice M. Buenvenida, Mark Anthony J. Labid, Imee Bren O. Villalba
Analysis of Pollutant Uptake and Runoff Storage of Bioswale with Potential Vegetation [download]
Maria Yustiningsih, Ludgardis Ledheng, Vinsensia Sila, Finsensius Oetpah, Ignasius Sutapa
Ecohydrology Blended Curriculum for Water Security: Case Study of Perceptual Changes  in Middle School Level  in North Central Timor District [download]
Ignasius D.A. Sutapa, Eni Maftuah, Astried Sunaryani, Hidayat Pawitan
Ecohydrology Approach as New Way to Support Agriculture and Water Resources Management in Peatland Area – Central Kalimantan [download]
Eugene C. Herrera
Hydrodynamic Investigation of Laguna Lake, the Philippines for Water Security and Flood Risk Management of Metro Manila [download]
Roel Espiritu
Maynilad Resiliency Initiatives [download]
Yolanda B. Gomez
Building Climate-Resilient Water Utilities for Water Security [download]
Muhammad Ashraf
Drinking Water Security in Pakistan: Issues and Options [download]
3:45 –  5:30
3rd Technical Session: Disaster Preparedness, Recovery and Governance
Prof. Yasuto Tachikawa and Prof. Wang Jun
Tetsuya IKEDA
International Flood Initiative ‒ Recent Progress in Asian countries [download]
Yoshiyuki Imamura, Syota Sasaki
Assessing flood risks globally using an improved country-based index [download]
Kensuke Otsuyama and Norio Maki
Adaptive Strategies for Community Recovery and Identification of Pre-Disaster Activities: A Case Study of Villages in Hinthada, Ayeyarwady Region, Myanmar [download]
Hisayuki Kubota, Yukihiro Takahashi, Mitsuteru Sato, Kozo Yamashita, Jun-Ichi Hamada
Development of Extreme Weather Monitoring and Information Sharing System in Metro Manila [download]  
Ezra d. Osorio, Frederick Jaysol M. Tandoc, Maria Antonia N. Tanchuling, Ma. Brida Lea D. Diola
Assessment of Disaster Waste Management in NCR
Siti Hafsah Zulkarnain, Muhamad Ali Muhammad Yuzir, Muhammad Najib Razali
Development of Floods Economic Valuation Model for Residential Properties [download]
Dinner with cultural show


16 November 2017: UNESCO-JASTIP Joint Symposium on Intra-Regional Water Security and Disaster Management

9:00 – 9:15
Recap of Day 1 Proceedings and Opening of Day 2
Dr. Ai Sugiura
Programme Specialist UNESCO Office – Jakarta
9:15 – 10:15
4th Technical Session: Flood
Prof. Kaoru Takara and Asst. Prof. Richmark Macuha
Wang Jun
Flood Control and Channel Development in The Middle and Lower Yangtze River [download]
Guillermo Q. Tabios III
Alternative Flood Mitigation Plans For Cagayan De Oro River [download]
Kenichiro Kobayashi
Mekong River Inundation Simulation Using K-Super Computer [download]
Takahiro Sayama, Apip, Luki Subehi, Kodai Yamamoto, Kaoru Takara
Rainfall Runoff-Inundation Simulation for Basin-wide Flood Hazard Mapping at the Batanghari River in Sumatra, Indonesia [download]
10:15 -10:30
Coffee Break
10:30 – 11:30
5th Technical Session: Climate change and resilience
Dr. Roberto Soriano and Dr. Natt Leelawat
Sohaib Baig, Takahiro Sayama, Kaoru Takara
Impact of Climate Change on Stream Flows in Hunza River Basin [download]
Yasuto Tachikawa, Patinya Hanittinan, Kazuaki Yorozu, Yutaka Ichikawa
Future Change Analysis of Extreme Floods at The Indochinese Peninsula Using Large Ensemble Climate Simulation Data [download]
Teuku Faisal Fathani
Strengthening the resilience by reducing risk from sediment-related disasters [download]
Trung La, Mai Nguyen, Sameh Kantoush, Tetsuya Sumi, Binh Doan
Evaluation on the Impacts of Hydropower Development on Salinity Intrusion Into Vietnamese Mekong Delta [download]
11:30 – 1:00 pm
6th Technical Session: Earthquakes, geological and coastal hazards
Prof. Tabios and Dr. Kenichiro Kobayashi
Saima Riaz, Kaoru Takara, Kyoji Sassa
An Integrated Model Simulating the Initiation and Motion of Earthquake and Rain Induced Landslide in Pakistan [download]
Lindung Zalbuin Mase, Suched Likitlersuang, Tetsuo Tobita
A Study of Liquefaction Potential in Chiang Rai Province, Northern Thailand [download]
Khamarrul Azahari Razak
Geohazard Risk Assessment in a Tectonically Active Region in Malaysia [download]
Natt Leelawat, Anawat Suppasri, Mongkonkorn Srivichai,  Titaya Sararit, Jing Tang, Panon Latcharote,  Wisaruta Veerasai, Thaworn Charoendee, Fumihiko Imamura
Looking Through Disaster Management of Thailand: a Focus on Earthquake and Tsunami [download]
Ronaldyn E. Dabu
Investigation of Tide Data Processing and Utilization by Namria – Application to Astronomic Tide Synthesis of South Harbor Port of Manila [download]
1:00 – 2:00 pm
Lunch Break
2:00 – 3:30
6th Technical Session: Earthquakes, geologic and coastal hazards (continued)
Prof. Tabios and Dr. Kenichiro Kobayashi
Eric C. Cruz, Jeane B. Camelo, Laurenz Luigi B. Cruz
Disaster Mitigation Implications of Study of Manila Coastal Flooding due to Recent Typhoons [download]
Imee Bren O. Villalba, Eric C. Cruz
Storm Surge Simulation of Typhoon Haiyan (2013) and Typhoon Agnes (1984) In San Pedro Bay Using the Advanced Circulation (ADCIRC) Model [download]
Marjorie Turiano, Eric Cruz
Comparative Analysis of Parametric Cyclone Models for Surface Wind and Sea Level Pressure Modeling  for Storm Surge Simulations [download]
3:30 – 4:30
Inclusive of coffee break
7th Technical Session: Winds and Building Structures
Dr. Eric Cruz and Asst. Prof. Imee Villalba
Ryuichi Inoue, Kazuyoshi Nishijima
Modeling of wind flow around tree for CFD simulation: Preliminary investigation by wind tunnel experiment with tree model [download]
Richmark N. Macuha
Flood Vulnerability Assessment of Public School Buildings in Metro Manila, Philippines [download]
Norio Maki
Tools for Effective Response: Space Design for Emergency Operation [download]
4:30 – 4:45
Message from a representative of the next host country
Closing Remarks
UNESCO-JASTIP Joint Symposium Committee
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Final Dissemination Workshop for UNESCO Biotechnology School in Asia
co-hosted by UNESCO, the Regional Centre for Biotechnology and APCTT

Faridabad, India, 15-16 October 2017

The UNESCO-JAPAN International Post-Graduate University Course in Microbiology (1973 to 2003) and the UNESCO-JAPAN Postgraduate Inter-University Course in Biotechnology (2004 to 2007) were successful and long-running human resource development programmes. These two courses trained 459 young researchers from Asian countries who are now playing active and leading roles in biotechnology research and education in the region, contributing both to the development of their own country and consequently Asia, and to the establishment of a stronger biotechnology network spanning the region. Now, more than 30 years after the initial Course’s inception, biotechnology-focused human resource development in Southeast Asia has come to a turning point, meriting a review and redesign in response to the evolving needs of the region and new global challenges such as food security, energy issues, environmental conservation, infectious diseases and climate change.

With the support of the Japan Funds-in-Trust, UNESCO has been implementing with the International Center for Biotechnology, Osaka University the UNESCO Biotechnology School in Asia programme from 2012 to 2017. This international Master-degree programme in biotechnology was developed for three cohorts for individuals from less-developed countries in Southeast Asia-Pacific region. The purposes of the programme, as a UNESCO-sponsored course, are to foster talented individuals to become biotechnology leaders and policymakers in their home countries, and to increase the ability of the host countries in the region to accept and educate students from less-developed countries. This UNESCO-sponsored Master-degree programme integrated advanced research training with pre-existing or newly launched Master Courses in universities of Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam. Bachelor-degree holders were cross-placed in the more-advanced countries to receive Master-level training and research experience. The programme also contributed to the advanced countries’ capacity for educating Master students with different educational backgrounds and for administering an international and cooperative educational programme.

This programme also incorporated sustainability science and research practices to foster an integrated understanding of sustainability among the scientists throughout Asia and introduces a new form of institutional partnerships among participating countries (Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Lao PDR, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam). In 2014, the third and last cohort (8 participants from Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Mongolia, Philippine, Thailand and Vietnam) started their MSc Programme in 2014, and a total of 32 students enrolled (among them more than 20 women) in the course of the three cohorts of this programme.

Now coming to an end to this programme, there is a need to reflect back on the lessons learnt and on what is left to be achieved in the region in terms of Strengthening science, technology and innovation systems and policies, nationally and regionally (Strategic Objective 4, 37/C4) and Promoting international scientific cooperation on critical challenges to sustainable development (Strategic Objective 5, 37/C4). Moreover, there is a need to liaise the outputs of this programme with the wider UN family and programmes on Biotechnology promotion at academic, training, research and knowledge transfer level in Asia and the Pacific region through each co-hosts’ networks namely UNESCO, the Regional Centre for Biotechnology under the auspices of UNESCO and the Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology on UNESCAP as well as ASEAN working group on Biotechnology.

Regional Centre for Biotechnology (RCB) is an academic institution established by the Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India with regional and global partnerships synergizing with the programmes of UNESCO as a Category II Centre. The primary focus of RCB is to provide world class education, training and conduct innovative research at the interface of multiple disciplines to create high quality human resource in disciplinary and interdisciplinary areas of biotechnology in a globally competitive research milieu.

APCTT is a Regional Institution of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) servicing the Asia-Pacific region. Technology transfer is increasingly important for the Asia Pacific. The changing business environment, including the globalization of technologies and the shift in emphasis from manufacturing to a knowledge-based economy sets up new challenges for the competitiveness of countries and companies. It has provided tremendous opportunities for technological leapfrogging by developing countries as they seek to address growing social, economic and environmental challenges. The activities of APCTT are focused on three specific areas of activity: Science Technology and Innovation, Technology Transfer and Technology Intelligence. Our emphasis is on technologies such as renewable energy, biotechnology and nanotechnology which have high growth potential and can address the collective challenges of the region.

Workshop Objectives
The main objective of this 1.5-day workshop is to report and formalise the lessons learnt on the institutional mechanisms required for the successful establishment of a regional platform of national consortia of biotechnology universities in the Asia and the Pacific region and identify the remaining gaps and challenges to deliver in the field of Biotechnology, SDG 17 : Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development, targets 17.6 to 17.9 in Asia and the Pacific region.

Expected Output

  • Formulation of a guideline on necessary mechanisms for multi-lateral research and scientist mobility in Asia and the Pacific region
  • Expert recommendations on the current hot-spots and priority challenges for biotechnology sector to achieve SDG 17.

Regional Centre for Biotechnology
NCR Biotech Science Cluster
3rd Milestone, Faridabad-Gurgaon Expressway
P.O. Box No. 3, Faridabad – 121 001
Haryana (NCR Delhi), India
E-mail: registrar[at]rcb.res.in
Phone: 91 129 2848800


DAY 1 – 15 October 2017
10:15 10:20 Welcome remarks MC
10:20 10:25 Opening remarks by Executive Director of Regional Centre for Biotechnology Dr. Sudhanshu Vrati (Director, RCB)
10:25 10:30 Opening remarks by Director and UNESCO Representative to India, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka Mr. Shigeru Aoyagi (Director and Representative, UNESCO)
10:30 10:35 Opening remarks by Head, Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT) of  the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia & the Pacific (ESCAP) Ms. Michiko Enomoto (Head, APCTT)
10:35 10:40 Introduction  to  the  workshop and expected outputs Dr. Ai Sugiura (UNESCO Office Jakarta) [Download]
10:40 10:55 Tea Break
10:55 11:25 RCB cluster initiatives, RCB facilities, DIALAB vis‐a‐vis the capacity to meet the regional requirements of skill needs for the regional countries in the biotechnology Dr. Sudhanshu Vrati (Director, RCB)
11:25 12:55 From Research to Innovation – Role of technology transfer and innovation to implement the SDGs Ms. Michiko Enomoto (Head, APCTT, ESCAP) [Download],
Dr. Krishnan Srinivasaraghavan (Coordinator, APCTT, ESCAP) [Download],
Dr. Satyabrata Sahu (Coordinator, APCTT, ESCAP) [Download]
13:00 14:00 LUNCH BREAK
14:00 14:15 Professor Manoj K. Dhar (FNAAS Genome Research Laboratory School of Biotechnology, University of Jammu)
14:15 14:30 Dr. AJAY PARIDA, Director (Institute of Life Sciences, (Dept. of Biotechnology, Govt. of India), Bhubaneswar, India) [Download]
14:30 14:45 Dr Prof. Vinod Pravin Sharma (Sr.Principal Scientist & Quality Manager, CSIR‐Indian. Institute of Toxicology Research, Lucknow, INDIA) [Download]
Achievements of the UNESCO Biotechnology School in Asia project

Programme partners from Indonesia, Japan, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam (15 min presentation by consortium)


DAY 2 – 16 October 2017
08:30 08:35 Opening MC
08:35 10:35 Discussion on necessary mechanisms for multi‐lateral research and scientist mobility in Asia and the Pacific region All participants with report from participating 10 confirmed countries (overview only from ASEAN WG Myanmar, Lao and Cambodia, Singapore)
10:35 10:50 Tea Break
10:50 12:50 Drafting session on guidelines form necessary mechanisms for multi‐ lateral research and scientist mobility in Asia and the Pacific region All participants
12:50 13:50 LUNCH BREAK
13:50 15:50 Drafting session on Expert recommendations on the current hot‐spots and priority challenges for biotechnology sector to achieve SDG 17 All participants
15:50 16:05 Coffee Break
16:05 16:15 Key Takeaways for the UNESCO Biotechnology School in Asia & its Programmes Dr. Ai Sugiura (UNESCO Office Jakarta) [Download]
16:15 16:25 Address by the Japanese Embassy in India H.E. Mr. Kenji Hiramatsu (Ambassador Extraordinary and Pleni potentiary)
16:25 16:35 Address by officials and Representatives
16:35 16:45 Address by officials and Representatives
16:45 16:55 Address by officials and Representatives
16:55 17:05 Closing remarks from RCB Dr. Sudhanshu Vrati (Director, RCB)
17:05 17:15 Closing remarks from UNESCO Mr. Shigeru Aoyagi (Director and Representative, UNESCO)
17:15 17:25 Closing remarks from APCTT, ESCAP Ms. Michiko Enomoto (Head of APCTT-ESCAPE)
17:25 17:35 Group Photo All Participants
19:00 21:00 Official Dinner All Participants


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in 14th Annual Meeting of Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS),
8 August 2017, Singapore

UNESCO International Hydrological Programme (IHP) has placed water security at the heart of its eighth phase (2014-2021) defining it as “the capacity of a population to safeguard access to adequate quantities of water of acceptable quality for sustaining human and ecosystem health on a watershed basis, and to ensure efficient protection of life and property against water related hazards — floods, landslides, land subsidence and droughts”.

Because water is ubiquitous, water and water security issues are strongly echoed in SDGs with water security related targets in nine out of seventeen goals aiming to :

  • Strengthen people resilience to water related disasters and climate extremes to combat poverty and hunger and secure a healthy life (Goal 1, 2 and 3)
  • Achieve sustainable and resilient water resource management and related ecosystems (Goal 6,14 and 15)
  • Achieve sustainable and resilient cities and human settlements and infrastructures linking with Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (Goal 9 and 11)
  • Combat climate change and its impacts by strengthening resilience, mitigation, adaptation impact reduction and early warning linking with UNFCC (Goal 13)

However, in Asia and the Pacific region, implementing and monitoring these goals and targets will require new technologies, global and regional cooperation along with comprehensive education and targeted capacity building. Hydroinformatics can provide customized tools for both education and capacity building and better understanding, knowledge, decision making, effective policy frameworks for building resilient and sustainable society.

This session will discuss the progress on hydroinformatics in the region, how it can contribute to build a water secure region, especially but not limited to the IHP regional network. Also with predicted increase in frequency and intensity of hydrological extremes, two major UN family initiatives, the International Flood Initiative and the International Drought Initiative will discuss their roles for achieving a water secure region and world.

Speaker’s Name Paper’s Title
Kenichiro KOBAYASHI Catalogues of Hydrologic Analysis for Hydro-Resilient Asia Pacific Region [Download]
Ali CHAVOSHIAN Development of a National Water Security Atlas to Support Sustainable Water Governance in Iran [Download]
Shahbaz KHAN UNESCO Water Security Initiatives for Enhanced Resilience and 2030 Agenda Delivery in Asia and the Pacific Region [Download]
Nor Hisham BIN MOHD GHAZALI Malaysia’s Water Security and the UN SDG Goals: Development of a National Water Balance Management System: Case Study of the Muda River Basin [Download]
Mamory MIYAMOTO New Strategy and Implementation Framework of International Flood Initiative [Download]


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