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International Symposium
“Local Communities and Nature Conservation”

There are many places called "protected areas," throughout the world. Protected areas are areas allocated for nature conservation, for example; World Natural Heritage, national parks, geoparks, and biosphere reserves.
In these and surrounding areas, nature, society, and humans can co-exist, playing an essential role in linking local communities and nature.

In this symposium, we have invited six speakers from Japan and abroad to share their knowledge on the relationship between local communities and nature conservation.
We welcome a wide ranging audience, including the general population, students, governmental officers and researchers, and those interested in community-based nature conservation.


Date: November 23rd, 2017 (Thursday, Holiday in Japan), 10:00 – 17:00
3-29-1 Ootsuka, Bunkyou-ku, Tokyo 112-0012, Japan
Support: The Nature Conservation Society of Japan (Nacs-J),
Japan Committee for IUCN (IUCN-J),
WWF Japan,
Wild Bird Society of Japan

Fee: Free
Language: English and Japanese (simultaneous interpretation)

Poster in English Symposium Poster_E.pdf
Poster in Japanese Symposium Poster_J.pdf
Speaker Profile, Japanese and English Symposium Profile.pdf

Workshop Announcement

Capacity Building Workshop on Nature-Culture Linkages in Heritage Conservation in Asia and the Pacific (CBWNCL)

Dates: 18 – 30 September 2016

University of Tsukuba, Japan

Organized by the World Heritage Studies and the Certificate Programme on Nature Conservation (CPNC) at the University of Tsukuba, in cooperation with UNESCO World Heritage Centre, IUCN, ICCROM and ICOMOS.

Certificate Programme on Nature Conservation

University of Tsukuba launches the “Certificate Programme on Nature Conservation (CPNC)” in April 2014 thanks to some endowment from a charitable individual. CPNC is a certificate programme for graduate students enrolled in World Heritage Studies, Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences or Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences, at the University of Tsukuba. CPNC provides a unique opportunity of interdisciplinary study on the conservation of natural and cultural heritage as well as the on-the-job training experience at protected areas and/or conservation organizations. We aim at educating students who will be able to work actively at international organizations and international cooperation agencies in the future.


Launching symposium of Certificate Programme on Nature Conservation will be held on 19th April, 2014

World Heritage Studies, Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences and Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences are pleased to announce the launching of Certificate Programme on Nature Conservation. This symposium aims to learn about global conservation issues including climate change and loss of biodiversity to invite distinguished guests from relevant agencies and discuss the way to combat with these issues.

  Date 19th April, 2014
  Time 13:00 – 16:00
  Venue Media Hall, Kasuga Campus at the University of Tsukuba
  Language Japanese
  Participation Fee Free

 Opening Address
Dr. Kyosuke Nagata, Rector of University of Tsukuba
 Keynote Speech1 Mr.Masahiko Horie
 “Trends on Global Environmental Issues”
 Ambassador Masahiko Horie
Ambassador for Global Environmental Affairs,
Regional Councilor of IUCN
(International Union for Conservation of Nature),  Professor of Meiji University,
Visiting Professor of University of Tsukuba
 Keynote Speech2 Mr. Tsunao Watanabe
 “Trends on Biodiversity Conservation Issues”
 Mr. Tsunao Watanabe
Senior Programme Coordinator, Institute of
Peace and Sustainability, United
Nations University, Senior Researcher, Japan Wildlife Research Center, Former 
Director-General, Nature Conservation Bureau,
Ministry of the Environment

Discussion with teaching staffs who are in charge of Certificate Programme on Nature Conservation

                             Conservation and Restoration of Threatened Ecosystems
                             Impact of Climate Change on Marine Environment           

* After the symposium, we explain how students can apply for Certificate Programme on Nature Conservation and answer the questions from students.