United Nations/Kenya Conference on Space Technology Applications for Wildlife Management and Protecting Biodiversity: Contribution of NIES

27-30th, June, 2016@Nairobi, Kenya

Researchers from National Institute of Environmental Studies (NIES) share Japanese experience on the use of Geo-spatial technology for monitoring biodiversity and disaster management during the United Nations/Kenya Conference held in Nairobi

The United Nations/Kenya Conference on Space Technology Applications for Wildlife Management and Protecting Biodiversity was held from 27-30 June 2016 at the United Nations office in Nairobi. The conference was organized by the United Nations Programme on Space Applications in cooperation with the Government of Kenya through the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, with support from the European Space Agency (ESA), and hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) at the United Nations Office at Nairobi. Local coordination and other valuable support was provided by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The Conference was also supported by Digital Globe, the Lusaka Agreement Task Force, the National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation and several other ministries of Kenyan Government.

National institute of Environmental Studies was represented by Senior Researcher - Dr. Makoto Ooba (Head of Delegation), Dr. Takuya Togawa (Researcher) and Dr. Remi Chandran (Research Associate). Other representative from Japan included Mr. Kyoichi Ito from Remote Sensing Technology Center (RESTEC) of Japan.

NIES presented the causes and effects of land-use changes in the central Japan region by using satellite imagery and forest maps. The presentation was also an opportunity to share Japanese technological know-how in biodiversity conservation and Forestry Management. The methodology used in the study can be replicated for evaluating ecosystems and for land-use planning in other regions including Africa.

NIES team also presented a study evaluating the potential supply of natural resources, especially biomass, at a local level in the disaster stricken region of Fukushima Prefecture. The outcomes of the study were also helpful in designing distributed energy system for the disaster region of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. Similar studies can also be replicated in Africa where there remains a shortage of supply of energy though resources remain high.

NIES team also provided an overview of the application of technology and its policy relevance by considering multiple monitoring systems and its relevance in policy making especially in addressing wildlife crime. This was also followed by panel discussion sessions where more issues related to the use and application of geo-spatial technology were brain-stormed.

The conference was also a platform for networking with Governments and Policy makers in Africa. The outcome of the conference is documented in the UN document No: A/AC.105/1126.

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