Climate & SDGs Conference [Side Events]

Applying Circulating and Ecological Sphere (CES) Concept for Placing Urban Rural Linkages at the Core of Localization of Climate and Sustainable Development Actions.

20 July 2022, 14:00-15:30 (JST)

The ambitions expressed in the UN2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Climate Agreement, and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction underscores the urgency with which societies need to transform towards a more livable, just and ecologically sustainable future. Achieving the plethora of Sustainable Development Goals, targets and indicators is ambitious, and achieving them with business as usual will not be possible. Therefore, achieving greater societal sustainability and resilience requires new approaches to integrating diverse policies and actions around social, cultural, economic and environmental/ecological dimensions. The Circulating and Ecological Sphere (CES) approach encompasses spatial integration of urban/peri-urban/rural interdependencies to address complex social, environmental and economic sustainability challenges together. The CES concept is designed to maximize the unique strengths of urban-rural linkages in all regions through sustainable, equitable, and efficient use of natural capital in rural environments combined with productive capital in cities in an integrated manner, leading to synergistic relationships with each other toward a sustainable and resilient regional sphere. 

The proposed side event will invite speakers from the national government, local governments, international development agencies, academia and research institutes both from Japan and overseas, and provides a platform to exchange views on importance of integrated actions for localization of global and national goals and targets and how the CES concept strengthen the urban rural linkages by showcasing selected good practices. The side event will also provide opportunity discuss issues, challenges and opportunities to apply the CES concept in the context of Asian city region.

 
 
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Event Details

Date
20 July 2022, 14:00-15:30 (JST)
Venue

U Thant International Conference Hall (3rd floor), United Nations University Headquarters Building

Languages
English

Presentation Materials

Opening Session
  Welcome remarks Kazuhiko Takeuchi, President IGES PDF (3.0MB)
  Opening remarks Takao Shiraishi, Director-General for Regional Decarbonization Policy, Ministry of Environment of Japan (Online)  
Presentation session
  Moderator Eric Zusman, Research Leader, Integrated Sustainability Center, IGES  
  Application of Regional-Circulating and Ecological Sphere Approach to Act Locally towards the Sustainable and Resilient Development
Bijon Kumer Mitra, Deputy Director, Integrated Sustainability Center, IGES
 
Application of Circulating and Ecological Sphere Concept for Challenges to Tackle Climate Change
Kazuaki Takahashi, Head of climate policy section, Yokohama City
PDF (3.0MB)
Citizen's Project - Let's do it ourselves to promote renewable energy through "self-production for self-consumption
Toshio Tomioka, President, Aomori Kinmen Energy (Online)
PDF (1.7MB)
Circulating and Ecological Sphere approach for localization of sustainable development in the Nagpur City region
Sameer M. Deshkar, Coordinator, IRDR ICoE Resilient Communities & Settlements, VNIT
PDF (3.3MB)
Circulating and Ecological Sphere (CES) Concept for Advancing Resilient Development in Udon Thani City Region
Wijitbusaba Ann Marome, Head of Urban Futures and Policy Research Unit, Thammasat University, Thailand
PDF (2.5MB)
Panel discussion
  Moderator Eric Zusman, Research Leader, Integrated Sustainability Center, IGES  
  Hitomi Shimizu, SDGs Ambassador, Shimokawa Town, Hokkaido, Japan  
Wanchai Chanporn, Deputy Governor, Udon Thani, Thailand (Online)  
Rajib Shaw, Keio University, Japan and Coordinating Lead Author for Asia chapter of IPCC’s 6th Assessment Report  
Yasuo Takahashi, Executive Director, IGES  
Closing Remarks
    Yasuo Takahashi, Executive Director, IGES  

Profile of speakers

Kazuhiko-TAKEUCHI
Kazuhiko TAKEUCHI
Professor Kazuhiko TAKEUCHI is the President of Institute for Global Environmental Strategies. He held several high-level positions. In 2019, he took up the position as Project Professor of the Institute for Future Initiatives (IFI) at the University of Tokyo. He has served, inter alia, as Acting Chair of the Central Environmental Council, Government of Japan, Editor-in-Chief of “Sustainability Science” (Springer Nature) and Distinguished Chair, Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies, University of Nairobi. He specializes in landscape ecology, environmental studies and sustainability science. He obtained M.Agr. and Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Agriculture, the University of Tokyo.
 
Takao SHIRAISHI
Takao SHIRAISHI
Mr. Takao SHIRAISHI, is the Director-General for Regional Decarbonization Policy, Ministry of Environment of Japan. He Graduated from WASEDA University, Faculty of Political Science and Economics
 
Yasuo-TAKAHASHI
Yasuo TAKAHASHI
Mr. Takahashi Yasuo is the Executive Director of the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies. He graduated from the Graduate School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo, and in 1983, he joined the Environment Agency of Japan (the current Ministry of the Environment). He held key positions at the Ministry including Director of the Climate Policy Division, Director General of the Headquarters for Environmental Restoration of Fukushima, Director General of the Environmental Management Bureau, and Vice-Minister for Global Environmental Affairs.
 
Kazuaki TAKAHASHI
Kazuaki TAKAHASHI
Dr. Kazuaki TAKAHASHI is the Executive Director for Planning and Coordination Department, Climate Change Policy Headquarters, Yokohama City. Dr. Takahashi joined the Ministry of the Environment in 1998. He has served for more than 20 years in various roles in the Ministry, including the Environmental Health Department's Office of Mercury Management, where he worked on chemical management and mercury management based on the Minamata Convention on Mercury. He was also involved in the interim storage of soil and waste generated from decontamination works at the Fukushima Regional Environment Office, as well as aquatic environment conservation at the Water Environment Division, a branch of the Environment Management Bureau. He was the Director of the Climate Change Adaptation Office, a branch of the Global Environment Bureau. Since 2021, he has been the Executive Director for Planning and Coordination Department of Climate Change Policy Headquarters, City of Yokohama. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Engineering) from Kyoto University.
 
Rajib SHAW
Rajib SHAW
Rajib Shaw is a professor in the Graduate School of Media and Governance in Keio University, Japan. He is also the Senior Fellow of Institute of Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) Japan, and the Chairperson of SEEDS Asia and CWS Japan, two Japanese NGOs. He is also co-founder of a Delhi (India) based social entrepreneur startup Resilience Innovation Knowledge Academy (RIKA). His expertise includes disaster governance, community-based disaster risk management, climate change adaptation, urban risk management, and disaster and environmental education. Professor Shaw is the Co-chair of the Asia Pacific Science Technology Academic Advisory Group (APSTAAG). He is also the CLA (Coordinating Lead Author) for Asia chapter of IPCC’s 6th Assessment Report. He is the editor-in-chief of the Elsevier’s journal “Progress in Disaster Science”, and series editor of a Springer book series on disaster risk reduction.
 
Hitomi SHIMIZU
Hitomi SHIMIZU
Ms. Hitomi SHIMIZU is the SDGs Ambassador of the Shimokawa Town, Hokkaido, Japan
 
Wanchai CHANPORN
Wanchai CHANPORN
Mr. Wanchai CHANPORN is the Deputy Governor, Udon Thani, Thailand. He Graduated from the National Institute of Development Administration of Thammasat University.
 
Wijitbusaba MAROME
Wijitbusaba MAROME
Expert in urban climate resilience and sustainability with strong background in spatial policy and governance. Experienced in comprehensive climate risk analysis, building circular city, adaptive governance, sustainable development goal (SDG), and flood and drought mitigation measures
 
Toshio TOMIOKA
Toshio TOMIOKA
Mr. Toshio Tomioka is the representative Director of Aomori Kenmin Energy Inc. He has been involved in the citizen windmill business in Aomori Prefecture, and has been developed and operated a solar power generation business. He launched an electricity retail company (Aomori Kenmin Energy Inc.) under the motto of "self-production for self-consumption" in addition to the renewable energy power generation business. The parent company, Mirai Energy Holdings Inc., is a non-profit type corporation that does not distribute profits to shareholders but reinvests them in new renewable energy projects. He believes that Commons (local resources) belong to the community, and is seeking to enrich the community through joint management, joint use, and joint profit of the commons.
 
Sameer M DESHKAR
Sameer M DESHKAR
Dr Deshkar is an Architect and Environmental Planner and is specialised in resilient city planning. Currently he serves as Associated Professor at Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology (VNIT), Nagpur, INDIA. He has extended research supervision to over 25 postgraduate students in Urban Planning. Dr Deshkar spent his initial years of research career at Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan as a MEXT fellow during years 2009-2011. He has published over 20 journal papers, book chapters & peer reviewed conference proceedings. He has also undertaken several research projects under prestigious funding programmes such as BRICS-STI framework and ICSSR-JSPS bilateral international programme.
 
Eric ZUSMAN
Eric ZUSMAN
Dr, Eric Zusman is a senior policy researcher/area leader at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies in Hayama, Japan. Dr. Zusman holds a bachelors degree in Mandarin Chinese from Rutgers University, a dual Masters Degree in public policy and Asian studies from the University of Texas at Austin and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles. For much of the past two decades he has conducted research on environmental issues in Asia. This has included working with China’s Yellow River Conservancy Commission, the Chinese Research Academy on Environmental Science, Woodrow Wilson Center’s China Environment Forum as well as Taiwan’s Academia Sinica.
 
Bijon Kumer MITRA
Bijon Kumer MITRA
Dr, Bijon Kumer Mitra works as Deputy Director of the Integrated Center for Sustainability at Institute for Global Environmental Strategies in Japan. He has more than 17years of experience in the field of sustainable resource management. His research interests include water-energy-food-climate nexus, climate change adaptation in water, water environment management and application of CES for localization of SDGs and climate actions and rural-urban linkage for collective resilience. He uses quantitative assessment framework to assess natural resource allocation trade-offs, aiming to provide guidance for optimal decision-making. He holds a Ph.D. Degree in Science of Biotic Environment from Iwate University, Japan.