Meeting Held of the Working Group of Specialists for The Japan Awards for Biodiversity 2013

The meeting of the Working Group of Specialists, The Japan Awards for Biodiversity 2013, was held on April 15, 2013.  The working group was newly established this year in order to promote the “Aichi Biodiversity Targets” adopted at the 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP10) in 2010 and the “United nations Decade on Biodiversity (UNDB)” that started in 2011.  The WG consists of specialists knowledgeable about the activities drawn from the private sector, academia, educational institutions, local governments, NPOs and NGOs.  The aims of this WG are to delve into the Japan Awards from the specialists’ perspectives and to enrich the Awards from multi-disciplinary perspectives.


After the WG meeting, Prof. Ryo Kohsaka, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Human and Socio-Environmental Studies, Kanazawa University, who also serves as judge of the Judging Committee and member of the WG, said:



 “There are many unpublicized activities and research projects although they are steadily conducted and produce successful results.  There are also successful and famous activities/research projects, the so-called “winning horses,” but I hope the Japan Awards focus on and highlight unknown but excellent activities and research by playing the role of a discoverer.  The Japan Awards, established in 2009 in commemoration of COP10, enhance value in fields including the recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake and the global economy, both at local and global levels.




Biodiversity is the source of our affluent lives.  The question is not a choice between conservation and development.  We have to consider how we can cleverly conserve and use biodiversity.  Biodiversity includes many aspects such as pollination by bees or idea sources for drugs or cosmetics, and in fact, relates to our rich lives, lifestyles and economy.  It is high time for us to think about the future of the earth as inhabitants, office workers, parents and grandparents.”