5th International Forum on Sustainable Future in Asia
5th NIES International Forum

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Date January 21-22, 2020
Venue Novotel Yangon Max Hotel, Yangon, Myanmar
Related information Public talk event will be organized on January 23 at the same venue.
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Organizer National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES - Japan)
Co-organizers The University of Tokyo, Institute for Future Initiatives (IFI, UTokyo - Japan)
AIT Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific (AIT RRC.AP -Thailand)
The University of Medicine 1, Yangon (UM1 - Myanmar)

National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES - Japan)
Institute for Future Initiatives, The University of Tokyo (IFI, UTokyo - Japan)
AIT Regional Resource Center for Asia and the Pacific(AIT RRC.AP -Thailand)
University of Medicine 1, Yangon(UM1 - Myanmar)

Contact

National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES)
16-2 Onogawa, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8506 JAPAN
E-mail: forum_2019@nies.go.jp

Theme

Fostering a Healthy and Sustainable Environment to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

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 5th International Forum on Sustainable Future in Asia will be held in Myanmar on January 21 and 22, 2020. 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. Current Environmental Issues, Health Problems, and Research Challenges in Asian Countries: Toward Ensuring Healthy Lives and Well-being for Generations to Come

Environmental pollution is one of the most serious global challenges today. In this session, we will focus on major environmental issues, such as air pollution and exposure to pesticides and heavy metals, and the effects of exposure to these environmental pollutants on children and the next generation. Air pollution has become a major health problem in many Asian countries due to rapid urbanization and industrialization, and prompt actions are needed to improve air quality. Pesticides are potentially toxic to humans and can have both acute and chronic health effects. Many harmful pesticides have been banned from agricultural use in developed countries but are still used in many developing countries in Asia. Heavy metals such as lead, arsenic, mercury, cadmium, and copper contained in agricultural and industrial products used in Asian countries pose a potential risk to human health via dietary exposure. Exposure to these environmental pollutants during the developmental period can cause adverse health effects in later life. Moreover, recently, marine litter and microplastics are one of the fastest growing environmental challenges and seriously threat to the health of our oceans. In this session, we will share our research findings on these environmental issues and introduce novel assessment and screening methods used in environmental health research. We will also discuss the creation of an environmental research network among Asian countries.

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2. Beyond Win-Win: Synergetic Strategies for Sustainable Development Goals on Combating Climate Change and Protecting Healthy Ecosystems

Sustainable development goals (SDGs) set out common global challenges, including specific values, deadlines, and means. United Nation member states have pledged to achieve 17 SDGs by 2030, including that the number of poor in each country will be reduced by 50% of present levels (Goal 1), malnutrition in all conditions will be resolved (Goal 2), and people will have universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water (Goal 3). However, there are various barriers that must be overcome to reach these SDGs. Furthermore, SDGs are interrelated and some have synergies (co-benefits) while others require trade-offs and present dilemmas (or trilemmas). In this session, we will introduce projects being conducted in Asian countries that aim to achieve a win-win situation by synergistically solving problems related to multiple SDGs regarding climate change countermeasures and ecosystem conservation. Based on the research cases, we will also discuss synergistic strategies needed to overcome the barriers and solve multiple issues such as trade-offs and trilemmas. Throughout this session, we will focus on systemic sustainability in SDG activities and discuss practical social restructuring strategies for the future well-being of Asian countries.

3. Integrative Approach for Strategic Design toward Sustainable Development Goals in Asia (TBD)

in Preparation

Updated on Nov. 22, 2019. Please note that this program is tentative and subject to change.

Day1 January 21, 2020

Opening Session8:30-9:30

  • Opening and Welcome Addresses8:30-9:00
    • Ministry of Health and Sports, Myanmar
    • Prof. Chiho Watanabe (President, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan)
    • Prof. Kensuke Fukushi (Vice Director, Institute for Future Initiatives, The University of Tokyo, Japan)
    • Mr. Naoya Tsukamoto (Director, AIT Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific, Thailand)
    • Ms. Junko Nishikawa (Environmental Policy Advisor, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation of Myanmar)
  • Group Photo9:00-9:30

Keynote Speeches 9:30-11:30

  • Prof. Zaw Wai Soe(UM1)
  • Prof. Kazuhiko Takemoto(United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) /Overseas Environmental Cooperation Center (OECC))
  • Prof. Shinichiro Ohgaki(Former President, Japan Water Research Center / Former President, NIES)
  • Flash Poster Presentation Part 111:30-12:00
  • Poster Session12:00-12:45
  • Lunch Break (and Poster Session)12:45-13:30

Session 113:30-17:15

Current Environmental Issues, Health Problems, and Research Challenges in Asian Countries: Toward Ensuring Healthy Lives and Well-being for Generations to Come

  • Session Organizers
    Dr. Daisuke Nakajima, Dr. Tin Tin Win Shwe (NIES), Dr. Zaw Lin Thein (UM1), Prof. Ohn Mar (UM1)
  • Chairpersons
    Prof. Zaw Wai Soe (UM1), Dr. Chiho Watanabe (NIES), Dr. Than Htut (University of Public Health), Dr. Tin Tin Win Shwe (NIES)
  • Greeting from Chairperson
    Prof. Zaw Wai Soe (UM1)
  • Session Keynote Lecture
    • Dr. Chiho Watanabe (NIES)
  • Presentations (The order of presentation will be updated.)
    • Exposure to heavy metals and health risk in Myanmar
      Dr. Than Htut (University of Public Health, Yangon, Myanmar)
    • Global Challenges to Marine Litter and Microplastics and Local Actions
      Mr. Teruyoshi Hayamizu (NIES)
    • Dioxin contamination in Vietnam, risk assessment and health effects
      Dr. Vu Duc Nam (Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology)
    • Outdoor and indoor air quality assessment in Myanmar: Collaborative research between NIES and UM1
      Prof. Ohn Mar (UM1)
    • Pollution control, waste management and health care in Myanmar
      Dr. Aung Myint Maw(Yangon City Development Committee)
    • Water quality assessment and management in Myanmar
      Dr. Cho Cho Thin Kyi(Yangon Technological University)
    • Access to Arsenic safe drinking water by 2030: a scalable example for millions in Asia
      Dr. Joyashree Roy(AIT RRC.AP)

Day2 January 22, 2020

Session 28:30-11:30

Beyond Win-Win: Synergetic Strategies for Sustainable Development Goals on Combating Climate Change and Protecting Healthy Ecosystems

  • Session Organizers
    Dr. Satoshi Kameyama and Dr. Manabu Onuma (NIES)
  • Chairperson
    Dr. Manabu Onuma (NIES)
  • Session Keynote Lecture
    • Future Design of the Regional Circular and Ecological Sphere adapting to Climate Change and Depopulation by utilizing Unused Farmland in Japan
      Dr. Satoshi Kameyama (NIES)
  • Presentations (The order of presentation will be updated.)
    • Case Studies from China
      Dr. Qinxue Wang (NIES)
    • Prof. Hiroyuki Katayama(UTokyo)
    • Effectiveness of Protected Areas in Preventing Forest Habitat Loss of Terrestrial Species
      Dr. Yayoi Takeuchi (NIES)
    • Case Studies from Malaysia
      Dr. Manabu Onuma (NIES)
    • Dr. Khaing Khaing Soe (Occupational and Environmental Health Division Department of Public Health Ministry of Health and Sports, Myanmar)
    • Dr. San Win (Climate Change Division Environmental Conservation Department Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation, Myanmar)
    • Understanding and Protecting Stressed Wetland Ecosystems from Climate change and Human Pressures across Myanmar: 2011-2019
      Dr. Oleg V. SHIPIN (AIT RRC.AP)
  • Flash Poster Presentation Part 211:30-12:00
  • Poster Session12:00-12:45
  • Lunch Break (and Poster Session)12:45-13:30

Session 313:30-16:30

Integrative Approach for Strategic Design toward Sustainable Development Goals in Asia

  • Session Organizers and Chairpersons
    Prof. Kensuke Fukushi (IFI, UTokyo) and Prof. Tsuyoshi Fujita (NIES)
  • Session keynote lecture
    • How to challenge Climate Change? Models, Data, Platform and Systemization
      Akimasa Sumi (IFI, UTokyo)
  • Presentations (The order of presentation will be updated.)
    • Prof. Kensuke Fukushi (IFI, UTokyo)
    • Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance in the Context of SDGs in Asia
      Dr. Ikuro Kasuga (TBD)(JICA Expert, Vietnam Japan University / UTokyo)
    • Dr. Masahiro Sugiyama (TBD)(IFI, UTokyo)
    • Dr. Marcin Pawel Jarzebski (TBD)(IFI, UTokyo)
    • Dr. Min Thein(Department of Disaster Management, Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, Myanmar)
    • Mr. Kyaw Myo Lin(Environmental Conservation Department, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation, Myanmar)
    • Dr. Vilas Nitivattananon (AIT RRC.AP)
    • Dr. Sivanappan Kumar (AIT RRC.AP)
    • Prof. Tsuyoshi Fujita(NIES)

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

  • Wrap-Up Session
  • Closing Session
  • Annoucement of Awarded Posters
  • Closing Remarks
    Prof. Yuichi Moriguchi (Vice President, NIES)

Schedule of Flash Poster Presentation

  • Day 1
    Heavy Metals (P1-P8)
    Air Pollution (P9-P23)
    Plastics (P24-P25)
    Pesticides and Agriculture (P26-P30)
  • Day 2
    Water and Ecosystem (P31-P40)
    Occupational Hazards (P41-P46)
    Sustainability and SDGs (P47-P54)

Heavy Metals

  • P1. Social Behavior and Related Gene Expression Changes in F2 Male Mice born to Gestationally Arsenite Exposed F1 Mice
    Soe Minn Htway, University of Medicine-Magway, Magway, Myanmar
  • P2. Cumulative Arsenic Exposure Index, Nail Arsenic Level and Vibration Perception Threshold in Young Healthy Adolescents Living in Kyone-Pyaw Township
    Kyaw Thet Naing, University of Medicine 2, Yangon, Myanmar
  • P3. Chronic Cadmium Exposure on Renal Function in Apparently Healthy Myanmar Subjects
    Muyar Win Thu, University of Medicine 1, Yangon, Myanmar
  • P4. Mitigation of Cadmium Phytotoxicity in Thai Rice (ORYZA SATIVA L.) Cultivar by Inoculation of Indigenous Cadmium-resistant Microbial Consortia
    Wynn Htut Aung, Mahidol University, Thailand
  • P5. Assessment and Treatment of Arsenic Contaminated Tube well water from selected areas in Kyaunggon Township, Ayeyarwady Region, Myanmar
    Khin Phyu Phyu, Department of Medical Research, Yangon, Myanmar
  • P6. Approach to Assessment of Heavy Metals Contamination in Drinking Water, Mandalay Region, Myanmar
    Aye Min Maw, Department of Medical Research, Yangon, Myanmar
  • P7. In-Utero Heavy Metals Exposure, Role of Selenium Mediation and Newborn Leucocytes Telomer Length: A Birth-cohort Study in Ayeyarwaddy Region, Myanmar
    Kyi Mar Wai, Hirosaki University, Japan
  • P8. Estimation of Effects of Intervention in Heavy Metal Concentrations on Aquatic Insects in the Field
    Kazutaka Takeshita, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan

Air Pollution

  • P9. PM2.5 from a Nursery Pig House Induced Immune Response by Activating TLR4/MAPK/NF-κB Pathway in Alveolar Macrophages
    Qian Tang, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, China
  • P10. Distribution of Particulate Matter and Ammonia as well as the Physicochemical Properties of PM2.5 in Swine Confinement Barns
    Dan Shen, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, China
  • P11. Hazard Evaluation of Air Pollution by Using the Key Characteristics Approach
    Hideko Sone, Yokohama University of Pharmacy, Japan
  • P12. Evaluation of Indoor Concentration and Personal exposure of Formaldehyde in Anatomy Dissection Rooms, University of Medicine 1, Yangon
    Win Yu Aung, University of Medicine 1, Yangon, Myanmar
  • P13. Indoor PM2.5 and PM10 Concentrations in Teaching Rooms and Recreation Areas, University of Medicine 1, Yangon
    Ei Ei Pan Nu Yi, University of Medicine 1, Yangon, Myanmar
  • P14. Effect of Maternal Exposure to PM2.5 on Proinflammatory Cytokine, Oxidative Stress Marker and Serotonin in Umbilical Cord Blood
    Nay Chi Nway, University of Medicine 1, Yangon, Myanmar
  • P15. Cooking-generated PM2.5 and PM10 in Residential Buildings with Different Cooking Stoves
    Cherry Maung, University of Medicine 1, Yangon, Myanmar
  • P16. Effect of Natural Ventilation on Cooking Generated PM 2.5 and PM 10 in Kitchen and Living Room of Residential Buildings
    Zarli Thant, University of Medicine 1, Yangon, Myanmar
  • P17. PM2.5 and PM10 Concentrations of Urban and Rural Primary Schools in Yangon Division, Myanmar
    Khine Zar Swe, University of Medicine 1, Yangon, Myanmar
  • P18. Assessment of Indoor Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Concentration and Lung Function Impairment among Housewives of Mingaladon Cantonment Area
    Zaw Ye Aung, Defence Services Medical Academy, Yangon, Myanmar
  • P19. Assement of Ambient Air Pollution in Selected point sources in Shwepyithar Township, Yangon Region
    Nan Wit Yi Tun, University of Medicine 1, Yangon, Myanmar
  • P20. Novel Methods for Source Apportionment of Toxicity of Atmospheric Organic Aerosols
    Akihiro Fushimi, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan
  • P21. DNA Methylation Changes in Cord Blood of Pregnant Woman in the Area of High PM2.5 Concentration in Myanmar
    Takehiro Suzuki, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan
  • P22. Determination of Personal Exposure to Particulate Matters by Pocket PM2.5 Sensor [Pro] in Middle-Aged Women in Myanmar
    Zaw Lin Thein, University of Medicine 1, Yangon, Myanmar
  • P23. Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in Road Dusts Collected from Myanmar, Japan and Taiwan and Their Exposure Risks in Human
    Ei Ei Mon, Kumamoto University, Kumamoto, Japan

Plastics

  • P24. Occurrence and Distribution of Microplastics in Road Dusts collected from Myanmar and Taiwan
    Ei Ei Mon, Kumamoto University, Kumamoto, Japan
  • P25. Determination of Chemicals Released from Single Use Low Density Polyethylene Plastic Bags
    Ei Ei Htway, Department of Medical Research (Pyin Oo Lwin Branch), Myanmar

Pesticides and Agriculture

  • P26. Occupational Determinant of Erythrocyte Acetylcholinesterase Activity and Insulin Resistance in Pesticide Applicators in Magway Township
    Mya Pwint Phyu, University of Medicine-Magway, Magway, Myanmar
  • P27. A Study of Erythrocyte Acetylcholinesterase Activity and Respiratory Functions Among Agricultural Workers Exposed to Organophosphate Pesticides in Magway Region
    Thurein Zaw, University of Medicine-Magway, Magway, Myanmar
  • P28. Activity of Erythrocyte Acetylcholinesterase and Serum Paraoxonase-1 in Agricultural Workers Exposed to Pesticides
    Myo Thet Oo, University of Medicine-Magway, Magway, Myanmar
  • P29. Nitrite-induced Oxidative Stress in Agricultural Workers
    Win Min Oo, University of Medicine-Magway, Magway, Myanmar
  • P30. Alterations in Liver Enzymes and Acetylcholinesterase Activities among Pesticide Sprayers
    Chan Thar Aye, University of Medicine-Magway, Magway, Myanmar

Water and Ecosystem

  • P31. Ecosystem Services Assessment for the Downstream of Yeywa Dam in Myitnge River
    Esther Ro Hniang, Yangon Technological University, Yangon, Myanmar
  • P32. Assessment of Groundwater Quality Parameters in the Western Area Along Yangon River
    Jue Jue, Yangon Technological University, Yangon, Myanmar
  • P33. Assessment of Surface Water Quality along Pazundaung Creek, Yangon City
    Hein Htet Aung, Yangon Technological University, Yangon, Myanmar
  • P34. Inhibitory Effect of Weed-based Extracts as Bio-control against Common Cutworm (SPODOPTERA LITURA) in Green Vegetable Cultivation
    Preeyaporn Koedrith, Mahidol University, Thailand
  • P35. Detection of Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae in Meat, Fish and Vegetable Samples from Selected Wet Markets in Yangon
    Mya Mya Aye, Department of Medical Research, Yangon, Myanmar
  • P36. Fecal Pollution Monitoring of Aquatic Environment in Myanmar
    Haruhiko Nakata, Kumamoto University, Kumamoto, Japan
  • P37. Environmental Pollution in Water Convovolus Cultivated Field
    May Pyone Kyaw, University of Medicine 2, Yangon, Myanmar
  • P38. Profiling Fecal Pollution in Rivers in Hanoi, Vietnam, by Host-specific Bacteroidales and crAssphage markers
    Minh Ngoc Pham, Vietnam Japan University, Vietnam
  • P39. Prevalence of Plasmid-mediated Colistin Resistance Gene mcr-1 in Domestic Wastewater
    Vu Thi My Hath, Vietnam Japan University, Vietnam
  • P40. Photocatalytic Activity of Nano TiO2 Powder for Dye and Antibiotic Degradation
    Honour Oladele, Vietnam Japan University, Vietnam

Occupational Hazards

  • P41. Welding Fume Exposure on the Ventilatory Function in Welders
    Han Ni, University of Medicine-Mandalay, Mandalay, Myanmar
  • P42. Effect of Chronic Occupational Noise Exposure on Cardiovascular Autonomic Function of Myanmar Male Workers in Iron Modelling Industries
    Yu Mon Theint, University of Medicine-Mandalay, Mandalay, Myanmar
  • P43. Serum Cotinine Levels in Adults with Environmental Tobacco Smoke Exposure
    Haymar Soe Win, University of Medicine 1, Yangon, Myanmar
  • P44. Assessment of Lung Function among Workers in relation to Dust Concentration in Tamadaw Textile Mill, Yangon
    Thet Wai Oo, Defence Services Medical Academy, Yangon, Myanmar
  • P45. Occupational Exposure to Noise and Prevalence of Hearing Loss among Workers in Thamine Textile Mill, Myanmar
    Aung Khin Zaw, Defence Services Medical School, Yangon, Myanmar
  • P46. The Respiratory Effects of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) on Pump Men of CNG stations in Yangon
    Kaung Su Lin, Defence Services Medical Academy, Yangon, Myanmar

Sustainability and SDGs

  • P47. Global Environmental Monitoring from the Perspective of Observation Management
    Asumi Ono, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan
  • P48. Construction and Demolition Waste in Vietnam: Generation, Composition, and Handling Practices
    Han Hoang, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan
  • P49. Distribution of Biomineralization Ability of Ureolytic Bacteria in Waste Landfills
    Hiroki Kitamura, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan
  • P50. Recovery of Antimony Trioxides from Liquid Phase by Microbial Antimonate Reduction
    Shigeki Yamamura, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan
  • P51. Contributions to the Flora of Myanmar: new records of 11 woody species from Mergui Archipelago of southern Myanmar
    Hironori Toyama, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan
  • P52. Toward a Low Carbon Society in Japan: Analysis of the Effects of the Willingness to Pay on Renewable Energy Penetration in Power Sector
    Lu Gao, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan
  • P53. How to Measure the Effectiveness of Compact City Policy on Electricity Consumption? -A Method to Assess the Impact of the Spatial Concentration of Households on Hourly Electricity Consumption-
    Yuki Hiruta, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan
  • P54. Development of Electricity Monitoring and Regional Distributed Energy Management System in Shinchi-Town, Fukushima Prefecture
    Yujiro Hirano, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan

Public talk
Recent Environmental Issues faced in Asian countries (TBD)

Updated on Nov. 22, 2019. Please note that this program is tentative and subject to change.

  • Date and Time:January 23, 2020, 9:00-12:00
  • Venue:Novotel Yangon Max Hotel, Myanmar
  • Organizers (TBD)
    • University of Medicine 1, Yangon (UM1- Myanmar)
    • National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES - Japan)

    PROGRAM (tentative)

    • 9:00-9:05 Opening speech
            Prof. Chiho Watanabe (President, NIES, Japan)
    • 9:05-9:35 Disaster Prevention
            Prof Dr Hla Hla Win, Rector, University of Public Health, Yangon, Myanmar
    • 9:35-10:05 Climate Change and Future Society— Sustainability and City Resilience —
            Prof. Akimasa Sumi, The University of Tokyo, Japan
    • 10:05-10:25 Coffee Break
    • 10:25-10:55 Development of Air Pollution Control Framework in Japan and Cooperation with Asian Countries
            Mr. Teruyoshi Hayamizu, NIES, Japan
    • 10:55-11:25 TBD
            Dr. Manabu Onuma, NIES, Japan
    • 11:25-11:55 Emergency Management
            Dr. Daw Thiri Maung, Deputy Director, Emergency Operation Center,
            Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement, Myanmar
    • 11:55-12:00 Closing speech
            University of Medicine 1, Yangon, Myanmar