IGES will launch its "International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific (ISAP)
Towards Copenhagen: A New Development Pathway to a Low-Carbon Sustainable Asia and the Pacific

20 May 2009

On 26-27 June 2009, in Hayama, Japan, the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES - Hayama, Kanagawa; Chair-Prof. Hironori Hamanaka) will organise the first International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific (ISAP2009) *1

Under the main theme of "low-carbon development in Asia and the Pacific," ISAP will invite front-line experts and representatives from businesses, international organisations, governments and NGOs in Asia, Europe and the US to have open presentations and discussions. Raising hot issues such as low-carbon economy, biodiversity, green consumption, REDD*2, biofuels, co-benefit approach and capacity development, the participants will conduct discussions based on IGES's latest research results to explore the solutions together with the audience.

The Opening Session on 26 June (Fri), moderated by Ms. Charmine Koda, an international journalist, will feature a panel discussion to introduce and discuss the initiatives towards a low-carbon economy taken by diverse countries including Japan. Panelists will include Dr. Shuzo Nishioka and researchers from member organisations of International Research Network for Low Carbon Societies (LCS-RNet). On the following day of 27 June (Sat.), there will be a session on "biodiversity" which has become a hot issue towards the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 10 CBD) to be held in 2010 (Nagoya, Japan). Panelists including Prof. Kazuhiko Takeuchi, Vice-Rector of the United Nations University and other eminent persons in this field will focus on challenges and international collaborations.

ISAP2009 will also hold Expert Workshops and relevant international Network Meetings*3in parallel with the Open Sessions.

*1 International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific (ISAP) is a two-day forum organised by IGES. Leading researchers and experts as well as representatives from governments, business, international organisations and NGOs from all over the world participate to discuss issues relating to sustainable development in the region from diverse perspectives. ISAP, held once a year with a timely theme, aims to share information, promote discussions and strengthen collaborations among stakeholders.
*2 REDD: Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries
*3 Asia-Pacific Regional Network of Policy Research Institutes for Environmental Management and Sustainable Development (NetRes), International Research Network for Low Carbon Societies (LCS-RNet), Asia-Europe Environment Forum of the Asia-Europe Foundation (ENVforum) and International Consortium for a Low-Carbon Society (ICLCS). Partially closed.

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