2015-8-20

NIES collaborates with International Researchers and Policy makers at ISAP 2015 in advancing science-policy research

1.Overview

The 7th International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific (ISAP2015) was held on 28-29 July 2015 in Yokohama under the umbrella theme titled, “Solutions for Change: Forging Multi-stakeholder Partnership towards 2030”. The main objective of the workshop was to bring in practical and realistic contributions in reducing climate change and in achieving Sustainable Development Goals or SDG’s.  The forum was jointly organized by IGES (*1) and UNU-IAS (*2)  
 
National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) participated as a collaborator for ISAP2015, and contributed to several sessions, including the Plenary Session: New Climate Regime at COP21: Creating a Dynamic Cycle for Ratcheting up Climate Actions and, a Parallel Session titled, Promoting Mitigation Actions through Measuring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) System. Details of both the sessions are provided below.
 
*1:Institute for Global Environmental Strategy 
*2:United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability 

2-1.Plenary Session: "New Climate Regime at COP21: Creating a Dynamic Cycle for Ratcheting up Climate Actions"

Prof. Sumi, President of NIES speaks at ISAP2015.

President of NIES, Prof. Akimasa Sumi, presided the event as one of the panelist. In his presentation, he raised concerns on the need for effective action on climate change. In his word, “if we keep emitting GHG, the temperature will rise. We do not have much time as the earth’s resilience capacity limited. Hence, there is an urgent requirement for a success story to eliminate people’s concerns on the success of the current climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts”

He then provided an overview of the research activities carried out by NIES and that are developed to address the concerns related to climate change. According to him, mitigation requirements vary with region and hence we need to have localized solutions to solve global concerns on climate change. This is what each country and region should try to achieve.

Later during the discussion session, the Panelists discussed how to take action at COP21 to be held in Paris in end of this year. The panelists agreed that there is a need for a more consensus in bringing successful decisions at COP 21.

The list of speakers at the session is provided below;

  • [Keynote Speaker] Thierry Dana
    Ambassador of France to Japan
  • [Framing Presentation] Kentaro Tamura,
    IGES Deputy Director, Kansai Research Centre / Leader, Climate and Energy Area
  • [Speakers] Nobuo Tanaka
    Former Executive Director, The International Energy Agency (IEA) / President, The Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF)
  • Bindu N. Lohani
    Distinguished Adjunct Faculty, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) / Special Advisor, Y-Port Center, City of Yokohama / Distinguished Fellow, IGES
  • Rae Kwon Chung
    Principal Advisor on Climate Change, Executive Office of the Secretary-General, United Nations
  • Akimasa Sumi
    President, National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES)
  • [Moderator] Shuzo Nishioka
    Secretary General, International Research Network for Low Carbon Societies (LCS-RNet) and Low Carbon Asia Research Network (LoCARNet) / Senior Research Advisor, IGES

2-2.Parallel Session: "Promoting Mitigation Actions through Measuring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) System"

Prof. Fujita, Director of Center for Social and Environmental Systems research (CESER), coordinates a panel meeting on Low Carbon Society along with Dr. Bima Arya Sugiarto, Mayor of Bogor city

The Center for Social and Environmental Systems Research (CESER) is leading a bilateral research program on Measuring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) in partnership with Universities and City Governments in Indonesia. Within this broader framework, CESER is collaborating with the city of Bogor and the Bogor Agricultural University (IPB) to enhance the data compilation and visualization aspect of energy consumption within households and commercial places in Indonesia. At the ISAP meeting, several meetings were held involving stakeholders from national, regional and local levels in Indonesia to strategize the best and efficient mechanism to strengthen data compilation, analysis and research. A parallel session was held led by Prof. Tsuyoshi Fujita, Director of CESER and participated by Dr. Bima Arya, Mayor of Bogor City, Officials from the Ministry of Environment and Forests of Indonesia, Planning Agency of Bogor City (Bappeda) and researchers from both IPB and NIES. At the session, the Indonesian panelists introduced environmental policies and activities which are carried out in Bogor city to mitigate climate change. Prof. Fujita and his team introduced similar research activities carried out in Shinchi town in Fukushima including other research activities related to monitoring of emission of GHG (GOSAT program). As an overall synthesis, there was very good appreciation on the MRV project carried out by NIES. The list of speakers at the session is provided below;

  • [Speakers] Akio Takemoto
    Director, Research and Information Office, Global Environment Bureau, Ministry of the Environment, Japan
  • Bima Arya Sugiarto
    Mayor of Bogor, Indonesia
  • Tsuyoshi Fujita, Director
    Center for Social and Environmental Systems Research, National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES)
  • Rizaldi Boer, Executive Director
    Centre for Climate Risk and Opportunity Management in Southeast Asia and Pacific, Bogor Agricultural University
  • [Discussants] Akio Takemoto
    Director, Research and Information Office, Global Environment Bureau, Ministry of the Environment, Japan
  • Suharto
    Head of Bogor City Development Planning Board, Indonesia
  • Rizaldi Boer
    Executive Director, Centre for Climate Risk and Opportunity Management in Southeast Asia and Pacific, Bogor Agricultural University
  • Achmad Gunawan Widjaksono
    Director for Resource Mobilisation for Sectoral and Regional, Directorate General for Climate Change Control, Ministry of Environmental and Forestry
  • Tatsuya Yokota
    Head, Satellite Remote Sensing Research Section, Center for Global Environmental Research, National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES)
  • Kentaro Takahashi
    Task Manager / Senior Policy Researcher, Climate and Energy Area, IGES
  • [Closing] Naoya Tsukamoto
    Principal Researcher / Secretary General, IGES
  • [Moderator] Tsuyoshi Fujita
    Director, Center for Social and Environmental Systems Research, National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES)

2-3.Stakeholders Meeting

Center for Social and Environmental Systems Research hosted a meeting with Indonesian guests and research stakeholders of MRV program including researchers from NIES and Fujitsu. The purpose of the meeting was to bring to the attention of Bogor city officials on the innovative approaches used in monitoring and compilation of data on climate changes related issues.

3.Reflection

Through these two days forum, intensive discussions about mitigation were made by stakeholders depending on different layers and perspectives. Expectation has been expanded that these discussions will contribute to future climate change policies and related activities.