【ISAP2022】 The 14th International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific “Strengthening Synergies between Climate Change and Biodiversity: From Science to Policy to Action”

Press Release

The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) will host the 14th International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific (ISAP2022). Held in Japan, ISAP is an annual forum that features a range of discussions on sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific through Plenary Sessions and Thematic Tracks. This year, the Plenary Sessions will be held on Monday, 28 November at Pacifico Yokohama, and Thematic Tracks will be held online from Tuesday, 29 November to Monday, 5 December.

The overall theme of ISAP2022 is ”Strengthening Synergies between Climate Change and Biodiversity: From Science to Policy to Action”, focusing on integration across two of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges: climate action and biodiversity conservation. In addition, the world has recently seen some major geopolitical changes triggered by Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and discussions at ISAP this year will look at how these changes will impact future global environmental policies and what direction to take to meet the challenges we now face.

ISAP2022 webpage

We have seen the growth of communities related to research and policy on these issues, but these groups have often worked in separate siloes. Greater cooperation would help to identify integrated solutions to climate change and biodiversity. It would also help anticipate and find a balance on climate change and biodiversity trade-offs, which tend not to be discussed much.

Recently, there has been growing engagement and communication between the international science and policy communities. Notably, in November 2022, the 27th Conference to the Parties (COP27) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is being held. The negotiations at COP27 will have implications for biodiversity. By the same token, in December, the 15th Conference to the Parties (COP15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) is likely to adopt a “post-2020 global biodiversity framework” (GBF) that will include tackling climate change as one of the elements for reducing threats to biodiversity. In addition, discussions on how to promote an integrated approach have been central to ongoing efforts to enhance cooperation between the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

To accelerate action in this ”decisive decade”, ISAP will host a wide variety of sessions to deepen discussions with not only policymakers, but also research and academic institutions, business practitioners and youth, aiming to secure as many options as possible for the future, so that we can continue to enjoy the Earth’s natural environment under a stable climate for years to come.

<<Featured Speakers>>
TANAKA Akihiko President, Japan International Cooperation Agency

Sandrine DIXSON-DECLEVE, Co-President, The Club of Rome

Chang Hoon LEE, President, Korea Environment Institute (KEI)

FUJITA Kaori, Senior Deputy Editor, Nikkei ESG / Professor, Graduate School of Life Sciences, Tohoku University

TAKEUCHI Kazuhiko President,  Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)


Plenary Sessions:    28 November 2022
Thematic Tracks:    29 November – 5 December 2022

Plenary Sessions:    Pacifico Yokohama and online (Zoom)
Thematic Tracks:    Online (Zoom)

Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)

Japanese/English (Simultaneous translation)

<<Dedicated ISAP Website & Registration>>


For more information please contact:
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
ISAP2022 Secretariat
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