Transformative and Behavioral Changes towards Nature-Positive Society

26 February 2024 (Mon) 13:30 - 15:00 (Asia/Tokyo)
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Ecosystems supported by rich biodiversity are the foundation of our society, economy, livelihoods, and culture, providing a variety of benefits and contributing to human well-being. According to a report published by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), approximately one million species are currently threatened with extinction worldwide, and it is pointed out that "transformative change" in economic, social, political, and technological spheres with cross-sectoral cooperation is required to halt the loss of biodiversity and restore it.

In Japan, the Cabinet approved the ‘National Biodiversity Strategy 2023-2030’ in March 2023, and set a goal to realise ‘Nature Positive by 2030’. The strategy also includes the goal of ‘changing individual behaviour’ as one of the basic strategies for its implementation.

In this symposium, we invited experts from Japan and abroad and provided information on the National Strategy, how we can bring about transformative change based on the latest scientific discussions at IPBES, the specifics of ‘transformative change’ and ‘behavioural change’ in the National Strategy, and what actions we are required to take toward the changes.

Event Details

26 February 2024 (Mon) 13:30 - 15:00 (Asia/Tokyo)


Japanese / English
(Simultaneous interpretation)

Presentation Materials


 Opening remarksTakao Shiraishi, Director General, Nature Conservation Bureau, Ministry of the Environment(tentative) 
  "Announcements from IPBES"
Tanara Renard—TruongVanNga, Senior Programme Coordinator, IPBES Technical Support Unit for the Assessment of Invasive Alien Species(IPBES-TSU-IAS)
PDF (1.8MB)
 Keynote Speech①"Why we need transformative scenarios for people and nature: Diverse scenario approaches, including the Nature Futures framework"
Laura Pereira, Researcher, Stockholm Resilience Center, Stockholm University; Associate Professor, Global Change Institute, University of the Witwatersrand
PDF (2.8MB)
 Keynote Speech②"Accelerating Transitions from the Bottom Up using Transition Management Approaches"
Masahiro Matsuura Professor, Graduate School of Governance Studies (Public Policy School), Meiji University
PDF (1.3MB)
 Panel Discussion  
(Panelists in alphabetical order)Hiroe Ishihara, Associate Professor, Sustainable Society Design Center, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo 
Masahiro Matsuura, Professor, Graduate School of Governance Studies (Public Policy School), Meiji University 
Naoko Hamashima, Director, Office for Mainstreaming Biodiversity, Nature Conservation Bureau, Ministry of the Environment, Japan 
Shizuka Hashimoto, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo