4th International Forum on Sustainable Future in Asia
4th NIES International Forum

January 23-24, 2019
Pan Pacific Hanoi, Hanoi, Vietnam

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Date January 23-24, 2019
Venue Pan Pacific Hanoi, Hanoi, Vietnam
Registration Free.  Online resignation is available
Organizer National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES - Japan)
Co-organizers The University of Tokyo, Institutes for Advanced Study, Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science, (IR3S, UTokyo - Japan)
AIT Regional Resource Center for Asia and the Pacific(AIT RRC.AP -Thailand)
Vietnam-Japan University (VJU - Vietnam)

National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES - Japan)
Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science, The University of Tokyo (IR3S, UTokyo - Japan)
AIT Regional Resource Center for Asia and the Pacific(AIT RRC.AP -Thailand)
Vietnam-Japan University (VJU - Vietnam)


National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES)
16-2 Onogawa, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8506 JAPAN
E-mail: forum_2018@nies.go.jp

Background and Objectives

The National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) is undertaking a broad range of environmental research toward the realization of sustainable societies. To disseminate the outcomes of this research at NIES and to bridge the gaps between science and policy, in 2016 NIES initiated the Forum on Sustainable Future in Asia in collaboration with the University of Tokyo and the Asian Institute of Technology. The 4th International Forum on Sustainable Future in Asia will be held in Vietnam on January 23 and 24, 2019. The aim of the forum is to create a foundation for a consortium of relevant institutions and governments in the region that will facilitate the exchange of knowledge gained through research and catalyze dialogue at the policy–research interface in the spheres of environmental management and sustainable development in Asia.

Session Overview

1. Research into practice”- Multi-disciplinary approach of solid waste management research towards flood risk reduction in Asian urban cities

Flood that often happens after high intensity of precipitation in urban area is mainly caused by the lack of drainage capacity. One of the common causes of urban flood in Asian cities is said to be the blockage of drainage by inappropriate disposal of solid waste. This session introduces research activities on elucidation of mechanism of clogging the drainage system by solid wastes and proposal of science-based guidance on periodic maintenance of drainage system for public service. By clarification of institutional and psychological factors that inhibit residents and businesses to dispose waste appropriately, how to improve the current waste management system/policies will be discussed.

2.New Adaptation Strategies of Mekong River Watershed to Environmental Change

In this session, we have invited prominent researchers from each country included in the Mekong watershed to report on the adaptation strategies being implemented against climate change. The catchphrase is “a new adaptation strategy to support a sustainable society in Southeast Asia.” Specifically, we will report on, and discuss, the following three items:
 1) high-level evaluation of the present situation with open data
 2) a future regional design that combines green infrastructure and gray infrastructure
 3) strategic consensus-building based on wide-area risk analysis and evaluation.
We will use the findings from these discussions to exchange information and realize a more resilient community as a fresh and innovative measure for mitigating climate change.

3. Our Environment, Our Health: Improving public health through research on the environment in Asian Countries

Concern over the state of the environment is growing rapidly worldwide. Industrialization and urbanization, along with economic development, have led to sharp increases in energy consumption and waste production. Environmental changes and exposure to environmental contaminants damage health in various ways, and it is time to take action and control these problems. Novel approaches, such as new monitoring and screening techniques, are needed to help us better understand how combinations of contaminants and environmental changes influence human health and determine which combinations are the most harmful or require urgent study. In this session, we will introduce recent research findings regarding environmental changes and exposure to environmental contaminants in Asian countries. We will also host a discussion to foster collaboration between NIES and Asian countries and thus promote the development of an Environmental Research Network.

4. Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation/ SDGs (TBD)

The global society is faced with the ‘transformation points’ toward the de-carbonizing society as well as the resilient regions against the rapidly growing risk of climate change. Climate risks will certainly provide vulnerability particularly in growing economies of Asia. Adaptive and mitigative measures are considered with greater urgency as a solution toward smarter growth of economy and public welfare under the scientific forecasting of global warming impacts. While promoting appropriate actions, we also need to focus on an alternate mechanism on how we could strengthen suitable measures through networks and reduce vulnerability with cooperation. Since science alone cannot bring solutions, it is also important for scientists to work closely with their governments to promote appropriate policy actions.
Synergetic actions bridging adaptation and mitigation would be interactively discussed in the session. This session will approach these issues from both sides in discussing how to synergize adaptation and mitigation actions in Asia.

Day1 January 23, 2019

Please note that the schedule is tentative and subject to change.

Opening Session8:30-9:40

  • Opening Remarks8:30-9:00
    • Dr. Chiho WATANABE(President of NIES)
    • Dr. Jun NAKAJIMA(Special Advisor to the Rector, Co-Director of Master Program of Environmental Engineering, VJU)
    • Opening Remarks by U-Tokyo IR3S, AIT
  • Keynote Speeches9:00-9:40
    • Prof. Mai Trọng NHUAN,
      Former President of Vietnam National University, Hanoi
    • Prof. Motoo FURUTA,
      Rector of Vietnam-Japan University
  • Group Photo and Coffee Break9:40-10:00

Session 113:30-17:30

Research into Practice”- Multi-disciplinary Approach of Solid Waste Management Research towards Flood Risk Reduction in Asian Urban Cities

  • Session Coordinator and Chair
    Dr. Tomonori ISHIGAKI (NIES)
  • Session keynote lecture:10:20-12:00
    • Waste management in Vietnam: Adaptation to climate change
      Dr. Pham Khac LIEU (Hue University)
  • Presentations10:20-12:00
    • Urban flood caused by inappropriate waste management in Asia
      Dr. Tomonori ISHIGAKI (NIES)
    • Mechanisms of blockage of canals by solid waste in Bangkok
      Dr. Chart CHIEMCHAISRI (Kasetsart University)
    • Blockage of drainage system by solid waste and analysis of waste disposal behavior of residents in Hue
      Dr. Hoang Cong TIN (Hue University)
    • Effects of awareness rising and citizen participation in local community on prevention of waste disposal
      Dr. Ryo TAJIMA (NIES)
    • Synergies (or Co-Benefits) of Urban Adaptation to Flood Risk and Solid Waste Management
      Dr. Vilas Nitivattananon (AIT)
  • Coffee Break12:00-12:15
  • Panel Discussion including following short presentations12:15-13:15
    • Blockage of waterway by inappropriate management of construction and demolition waste and mitigation by reuse and recycling
      Dr. Masato YAMADA (NIES)
    • Development of numerical model to simulate drainage blockage and floodingg
      Dr. Kosuke NAKAMURA (NIES)
    • Multi-disciplinary approach for policy implementation and capacity development on prevention of waste input to canals"
      Ms. Rieko KUBOTA (NIES)
  • Flash Poster Presentation Part 113:15-13:30
  • Poster Session & Lunch13:30-14:30

Session 214:30-17:45

New Adaptation Strategies of Mekong River Watershed to Environmental Change

  • Session coordinator
    Dr. Satoshi KAMEYAMA (NIES)
    Dr. Manabu ONUMA (NIES)
    Dr. Naishen LIANG (NIES)
  • Chair: TBD
  • Session keynote Lecture14:30-14:50
    Dr. Satoshi KAMEYAMA(NIES)
  • Presentations14:50-15:50
    • Title
      Dr. Makoto TAMURA (Ibaraki University)
    • Title
      Dr. Nguyen Thi Kim Cuc(Vietnam National University)
    • Title
      Dr. Bui Quang Hung (Center of Multidisciplinary Integrated Technologies for Field Monitoring University of Engineering and Technology, Vietnam National University)
  • Coffee Break15:50-16:05
  • Presentations16:05-17:25
    • Title
      Dr. THY Try (Executive Director/Editor-in-Chief, Open Development Cambodia, Cambodia)
    • Title
      Dr. Wynn Htut Aung (Executive Director/Editor-in-Chief, Open Development Cambodia, Cambodia)
    • Title
      Prof. Ying LU (Associate Researcher, Asian International Rivers Centre of Yunnan University, China )
    • The Mekong River Basin under Environmental Change: Evidence from Modeling Studies
      Dr. Sangam Shrestha (AIT)
  • Discussion17:25-17:45

Day2 January 24, 2019

Session 38:30-8:30

Our Environment, Our Health: Improving public health through research on the environment in Asian Countries

  • Session Coordinators:
    Dr. TIN TIN Win Shwe (NIES)
    Dr. Shoji F. NAKAYAMA (NIES)
    Dr. Le Ke SON (Vice Chairman of Vietnam Association of Occupational Safety and Health, Former Vice Director-General, Vietnam Environmental Administration)
  • Chairs:
    Dr. Le Ke SON and Dr. Shoji F. NAKAYAMA
  • Greeting from Chairperson8:30-8:30
    Dr. Le Ke SON (Vietnam Environmental Administration)
  • Session keynote lecture8:33-8:48
    Dr Chiho WATANABE (President, NIES)
  • Presentations8:48-10:00
    • Dioxins exposure and children’s health
      Dr Nguyen Hung MINH (Vietnam Environment Administration, Hanoi, Vietnam)
    • Environmental pollutants and their health effects in Myanmar
      Professor Ohn MAR (University of Medicine (1), Yangon, Myanmar)
    • Pesticides use in Thailand and developmental effects on children
      Professor Tippawan PRAPAMONTOL (Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand)
    • Environmental Arsenic exposure and human health in the Mekong River basin of Cambodia
      Dr Kongkea PHAN (International University, Phnom Penh, Cambodia)
  • Coffee Break10:00-10:20
  • Presentations10:20-11:32
    • Environmental pollution and their health effects in Mongolia
      Director Otgonjargal DAMDINBALJIR (Environmental Health and Toxicology Laboratory, National Centre of Public Health, Ministry of Health, Mongolia)
    • Haze situation in Laos
      Director Ketkesone PHRASISOMBATH (Academic Affairs Division, University of Health Sciences, Laos)
    • Contribution of water supply and sanitary system to human health
      Dr. Ikuro KASUGA (VJU)
    • Heat stress in urban areas in Indonesia and Vietnam, and climate change implications
      Dr. Marcin JARZEBSKI (UTokyo)
  • Panel discussion about potential collaboration11:32-11:50
    Chairpersons and all speakers
  • Flash Poster Presentation Part 211:50-12:05
  • Poster Session & Lunch<span>12:05-13:10</span>

Session 413:10-16:30

Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation / SDGs

  • Session coordinators and Chair
    Prof. Kensuke FUKUSHI(UTokyo)
    Prof. Tsuyoshi FUJITA(NIES)
  • Session keynote lecture13:10-13:30
    Prof. Akimasa SUMI (UTokyo)
  • Presentations13:10-14:50
    • Climate change adaptation for local government in Indonesia
      Prof. Kensuke FUKUSHI (UTokyo)
    • Addressing climate change in the water sector: The study of small run-of-river hydro power potential in Vu Gia - Thu Bon river basin of Vietnam
      Dr. Lan Huong Nguyen (National University of Civil Engineering, Vietnam)
    • Lessons from Climate Change Asia, capacity building for bankable project proposal
      Dr. Naoya TSUKAMOTO (AIT)
    • Climate Change Adaptation in the Agricultural Sector: An Asian Perspective
      Dr. Avishek DATTA (AIT)
  • Coffee break14:50-15:10
  • Presentations15:10-16:10
    • Title
      Prof. Rizaldi Boer (Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia)
    • TBD
    • Title
      Prof. Tsuyoshi FUJITA (NIES)
  • Discussion and Wrap-up16:10-16:30

Wrap-Up and Closing Session16:30-17:10

  • Session Wrap-Up
  • Joint Statement (TBD)
  • Closing Remarks
    Dr. Hideo Harasawa, Vice President of NIES

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