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Research & Knowledge for Local Sustainable Development (ICLEI World Congress 2009)

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Research & Knowledge for Local Sustainable Development (ICLEI World Congress 2009)

  1. 1. Research and Knowledge for Local Sustainable Development June 18, 2009 Hironori Hamanaka Chair, Board of Directors, IGES Professor, Keio University Chair, ICLEI Japan ICLEI World Congress, 18 June 2009, Edmonton, Canada
  2. 2. Outline <ul><li>Introduction of IGES and its 4 th Phase Research Programme (2007– 09) </li></ul><ul><li>IGES research and actions on local initiatives for sustainable development </li></ul><ul><li>Role of research institutions for local sustainable development </li></ul><ul><li>Linking local initiatives with research </li></ul>
  3. 3. IGES Mission <ul><li>IGES aims at conducting strategic research on policies, and making results applicable to actual policy making processes. </li></ul><ul><li>IGES research is characterised by: </li></ul><ul><li>Solution-oriented </li></ul><ul><li>Problem-driven </li></ul><ul><li>Inter-disciplinary, and </li></ul><ul><li>Time bound </li></ul>IGES Integrative Strategic Research Programme (2007-09) Four project selection criteria Policy relevance Added value Regional/ international External funding
  4. 4. Integrative Research Programme for the Fourth Phase (2007-09) Climate Policy Bio-fuels Freshwater Market Mechanisms Forest Conservation Business and the Environment Waste and Resources Capacity Development and Education Economic Analysis Other Cross Cutting Research Urban/local initiatives for Sustainable Society
  5. 5. IGES activities relating to local sustainable development <ul><li>Research and actions on local initiatives for sustainable development </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Local action to promote household low-carbon practices in Japan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kitakyushu Initiative for a Clean Environment for Asian cities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Asia-Pacific Forum for Environment and Development (APFED) knowledge initiative and showcase programme </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Studies on intercity network programmes and low-carbon development in Asia </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. “ Eco-diagnosis for households” A collaborative local initiative between local governments, business and IGES to support “ Eco-diagnosis for households ” to reduce CO 2 emissions, in Hyogo prefecture, Japan . Step 1 : Assess current emissions and compare with benchmark Step 2 : Set target/ pathway for emissions reduction Step 3 : Analyze emission sources Step 4 : Propose concrete options to achieve target 4 Steps for Eco-diagnosis
  7. 7. Kitakyushu Initiative for a Clean Environment Bangkok, Thailand Surabaya, Indonesia Bago, Philippines Kitakyushu Initiative : Asia-Pacific international intercity network programme for the environment IGES has supported local governments for identification and dissemination of good practices domestically and internationally Kita-kyushu City
  8. 8. APFED Knowledge Initiative and Showcase Programme Good Practice Database Pakistan India Sri Lanka Nepal Philippines Ryutaro Hashimoto APFED Awards Showcase Programme Asia-Pacific Forum for Environment and Development : Regional forum of prominent experts to propose and showcase new ideas on sustainable development (Secretariat: IGES) Knowledge Initiative
  9. 9. Research on intercity network programmes and low-carbon development in Asia Research on local initiatives towards low-carbon sustainable development in Asia, focusing on local policy processes , environmental finance and intercity network programmes for mutual reference, mutual learning and practice diffusion . Low-carbon development practices Biomass energy Waste composting Biogas digester Streetlight management Bus Rapid Transit Mutual Reference among Cities (Kitakyushu Initiative) Dhaka Kitakyushu Nonthaburi Dalian Weihai Ube Surabaya Kathmandu Ulsan Bangkok Bago Siem Reap
  10. 10. Roles of research and knowledge for local initiatives <ul><li>Analyzing policy measures </li></ul><ul><li>Proposing mechanism </li></ul><ul><li>Producing and disseminating knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Capacity building including encouraging local champions, and </li></ul><ul><li>Linking local to international </li></ul>
  11. 11. Linking local initiatives with research <ul><li>Learning by doing, doing by learning, for both sides </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For local actors: Opportunities of objective assessment, knowledge creation and learning new ideas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For researchers: Concrete and practical focus and actual engagement in transition towards sustainability </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Common goals and complementary roles </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Committed change maker on the ground </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facilitator of discovering, learning, and change </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Thank you very much <ul><li>Hironori Hamanaka </li></ul><ul><li>Chair, Board of Directors, </li></ul><ul><li>Institute for Global Environmental Strategies </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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