Photo: Hassan Virji, Executive Director of START moderates discussion with his panel members, Fumiko Kasuga (Visiting Professor, Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science, University of Tokyo), Jon Padgham (START Deputy Director and Capacity Building Lead for the Future Earth Secretariat hub in Colorado), and Maria Uhle (Program Director for International Activities / Directorate for Geosciences, National Science Foundation)
On Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 the US-Japan Institute hosted a seminar along with START and the Embassy of Japan. Speakers and participants discussed the following topics:
- Cooperation between US and Japan is essential to tackle global environmental challenges, such as Climate change, and related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
- Future Earth is a major international research platform providing the knowledge and support to accelerate our transformation to a sustainable world. Future Earth focuses on development of Knowledge-Action Networks (KANs) on grand challenges related to SDGs.
- Future Earth Global Hub Japan collaborates with many major universities and organizations in Japan and in Asia; and is working closely with START and Future Earth Global Hub in Colorado to implement a program on capacity building of regional systems related to KANs.
- Future Earth Global Hub Colorado and START are close and direct partners on capacity building for Future Earth.
- As funding mechanism, Belmont Forum was established as an alliance of research funding agencies to foster global environmental change research.
Within Japan there is a lot of work on the Satoyama and Satoumi concept aimed at community involvement – enabling society to be in harmony with nature through conservation and advancement of socio-ecologically productive landscapes and seascapes. In adaptation to climate change, community based adaptation is an urgent imperative. Actions on global change and sustainability challenges must engage people of all ages and various communities such as local communities and the private sector in addition to researchers.