3rd International Forum on Sustainable Future in Asia3rd NIES International Forum
January 23-24, 2018Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
[Last updated:February 15, 2018]

Day1 January 23, 2018

Opening Session

  • Dr. Chiho Watanabe
    President, NIES
  • Dato' Dr Abd Latif Mohmod
    Director General of Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM), Malaysia by Dr. Ismail Harun
    Deputy Director General (DDG) of Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM), Malaysia
  • Prof. Kensuke Fukushi
    Professor, Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science, The University of Tokyo
  • Mr. Osamu Mizuno
    Director, Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific, AIT
    on behalf of Prof. Kazuo Yamamoto
    Vice President for Administration, AIT
9:40-10:00 Group Photo and Break

Keynote Speeches

  • Prof. Tan Sri Zakri Abdul Hamid,
    Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Malaysia
  • Present status of Research Program for Climate Change in Japan
    Prof. Akimasa Sumi
    Professor Emeritus, The University of Tokyo
  • Sustainable Forest Management in Malaysia
    Dr. Ismail Harun
    Deputy Director General (DDG) of Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM), Malaysia

11:30-12:00 Flash poster presentation
12:00-13:30 Lunch / Poster session

Session 1Research Challenge for Climate Change Transformation
- toward Science Based Action for Adaption and Mitigation

Session coordinator
Prof.Kensuke Fukushi(IR3S, UTokyo) and Prof. Tsuyoshi Fujita, NIES
Purpose of the Session

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.

Prof.Kensuke Fukushi(IR3S, UTokyo) and Prof. Tsuyoshi Fujita, NIES
  • Monitoring Performance of REDD+ through the Use of Emission Risk Index
    Prof. Rizaldi Boer
    , Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia
  • Integrative Monitoring and Modelling Research Challenge toward Social Transition under Climate Change
    Dr. Tsuyoshi Fujita
    , Director, Center for Social and Environmental Systems Research, NIES
  • Coffee Break
  • Adaptation Initiative in Indonesia
    Prof. Kensuke Fukushi
    ,Professor, Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science,
    The University of Tokyo
  • Study on the degradation of permafrost, vulnerabilities of steppe ecosystems and adaptation countermeasures in Mongolia
    Dr. Wang Qinxue
    , Principal Researcher, Center for Regional Environmental Research, NIES
16:30-17:30 Interactive session
18:00-20:00 Reception

Day2 January 24, 2018

Session 2Biodiversity

Session coordinator
Dr. Manabu Onuma, NIES
Purpose of the Session

The "2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development" is a set of 17 international development goals (the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)) to be achieved by 2030 to transform our world (https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/post2015/transformingourworld). One of the biodiversity related goals is Goal 15 (Life on Land), which is as follows: 'Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss'(http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/biodiversity/).

Biodiversity conservation in the tropical forests of Asia is an essential activity to achieve Goal 15, because this area is one of the global biodiversity hotspots, which is a geographic region possessing rich biodiversity but also threatened with the rapid loss of its biodiversity. NIES has conducted Asian tropical forest research based at the Pasoh forest reserve since 1990, with FRIM and UPM. Researches on biodiversity are an important part of these research activities.

In this session, we introduce the findings from the various kinds of biodiversity researches conducted in tropical forests in Malaysia to gain an idea on the integration of these findings for biodiversity conservation. In addition, we introduce the present situation of poaching and trafficking of protected species that is mentioned as one of the Goal 15 targets and a major contributor to biodiversity loss in this region.

Dr. Manabu Onuma, NIES and Mr. Manesh Lacoul, AIT
  • Methods of Monitoring Populations of the Rajah Brooke's Birdwing, Trogonoptera brookiana (Lepidoptera, Papilionidae)
    Ms. Phon Chooi Khim
    , Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM), Malaysia

  • Phon C-K, Kirton LG, Norma-Rashid Y. (2017) Monitoring butterflies using counts of puddling males: A case study of the Rajah Brooke's Birdwing (Trogonoptera brookiana albescens). PLoS ONE 12(12): e0189450. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0189450
  • Characterizing tropical forest canopy structure by UAV-SfM
    Dr. Yayoi Takeuchi
    , Researcher, Center for Environmental Biology and Ecosystem Studies, NIES
  • Coffee break
  • Thailand's effort towards addressing illicit trafficking of wildlife
    Ms. Klairoong Poonpon
    , Director; Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation; Thailand.
11:30-12:00 Flash poster presentation
12:00-13:00 Lunch / Poster session

Session 3Tropical Ecosystems in the Changing World

Session coordinator
Dr. Naishen Liang, NIES
Purpose of the Session

Terrestrial ecosystems in Southeast Asia occupy vast areas from tropical forests, plantations to wetlands. These ecosystems make a significant contribution to the regional and global budgets of carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O). However, the regional budgets of CO2, CH4 and N2O in Southeast Asia and how these budgets will vary in the future remain highly uncertain with increasing population pressure, climate change, natural and human disturbances. Accurately quantifying CO2/CH4/N2O balances is critical for setting targets for their emission reductions and to identify and promote effective mitigation strategies. The presentations from various approaches and issues such as observation, experiment and modelling will bridge knowledge gaps in process understanding and across different spatial and temporal scales.

Dr. Nobuko Saigusa, NIES and Dr. Ismail Harun (FRIM)
  • NIES leading research in Pasoh Forest Reserve (PFR)
    Dr. Naishen Liang
    , Center for Global Environmental Research (CGER), NIES
  • Optional Management Systems for Tropical Forests: Optimising Production and Protection Roles
    Dr. Samsudin Musa
    , Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM)
  • Remote sensing-based studies for forest productivity and biodiversity in the tropics
    Prof. Mazlan Hashim
    , Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)
  • Tropical forest soil acidification for understanding the effects of acidic precipitation in Malaysia
    Prof. Ahmad Makmom Abdullah
    , Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)
  • Coffee break
  • Evaluation of greenhouse gas fluxes of tropical peat lands in Borneo island
    Dr. Ryuichi Hirata
    , CGER, NIES
  • Ecosystem Carbon and Nitrogen Dynamics of Tropical Peatland
    Dr. Kho Lip Khoon
    , Malaysian Palm Oil Board(MPOB)
  • Sustainable peatland development in Sarawak
    Dr. Lulie Melling
    ,Sarawak Tropical Peat Research Institute (TROPI)
  • REDD Plus Implementation and its Contribution to Malaysia's Nationally Determined Contribution
    Dr. Elizabeth Philip
    ,Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM)
  • Carbon Dioxide Measurements at the Danum Valley GAW Station
    Mr. Mohan Kumar Sammathuria
    , Malaysian Meteorological Department
  • Interdisciplinary Studies on Carbon Cycle of Rubber Ecosystem in Thailand
    Prof. Poonpipope Kasemsap
    , Kasetsart University, Thailand

Closing session

16:40-17:30 Session Wrap-up
Joint Statement
  • Closing Remarks
    Mr. Norihiko Tanaka, General Manager, Planning Department, NIES