MAB/PES Workshop: Third Remote Seminar

Lecture by Vice President Satoru Sadohara held on March 30, 2022

Third remote seminar for the Workshop on UNESCO Man and Biosphere (MAB) Programme and Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) was held on Zoom on March 30, 2022. The speaker was Vice President Satoru Sadohara and the title of his lecture was “Introduction to Kanagawa Basin Research,” which will be a base of MAB activities in Kanagawa prefecture. The lecture was held in Japanese. Despite the busiest time at the end of the Japanese fiscal year, seven people including Director Kiyosaku Ebina, Prof. Akiko Sakai (Graduate School of Environment and Information Sciences), and Dr. Xu Xiaodai from China participated in this seminar on line led by Prof. Hiroyuki Matsuda (Graduate School of Environment and Information Sciences). After the lecture of about 45 minutes, a lively discussion continued about 30 minutes. It was an extremely meaningful seminar. The lecture slides were distributed to those who could not attend due to unavoidable circumstances.

The content of the lecture is based on the research project “Development of Space Information Platform to realize Practical Collaboration among Local Residents, NPOs, Administrators, and Researchers in Sustainable Expansion Basin” conducted by Prof. Satoru Sadohara and supported by Nissei foundation from Oct. 2006 to Sep. 2008, just after the 21st century COE program in YNU headed by Prof. Kohei Urano in 2002-2006. Focusing on themes such as large-scale groundwater surveys and water cycle simulations in the Kanagawa basin, and conservation of water conservation forests, Vice President Sadohara gave a very easy-to-understand and polite lecture on the relationship among CO2 problem, climate change, earthquakes, environmental pollution, ecosystem devastation, and the necessity of ecosystem services as well as the initiatives in collaboration with Kanagawa Prefecture and so on.

Director Kiyosaku Ebina supplemented the efforts that Kanagawa Prefecture has been doing for more than 15 years.
Professor Sakai supplemented the MAB activities continuing today in YNU and asked the relationship between the activities and the student education, and there was a useful discussion on that.