Strengthening Information Sharing Infrastructure and Governance Frameworks to Address Human-Nature Conflicts

A recent report published by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), concludes that nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history and that the loss is a direct result of human activity. The IPBES findings were further highlighted during the Pan-African Conference on Strengthening Information Sharing Infrastructure and Governance Frameworks to Address Human-Nature Conflicts, held in Arusha from 17-19 th June, 2019 and organized by the United Nations Development Programme along with the Government of United Republic of Tanzania. The Arusha conference recommended a combination of efforts, starting from transnational and cross agency collaboration; monitoring and capacity development; and the need for a common information platform that can provide timely information.

Within the thematic area of TICAD – Advancing Africa’s Development through People, Technology and Innovation and framing the issue within the sustainable developmental goals 15, 16 and 17; the Lusaka Agreement Task Force (LATF), supported by Remote Sensing Technology Center of Japan (RESTEC) will organize an official side-event proposing a way forward for building a robust infrastructure for facilitating information sharing and governance frameworks to address illegal wildlife trade, human wildlife conflicts and agro-pastoral conflicts in Africa.

The event will be presided by ministers from African countries, policy makers, academicians and NGOs where they will discuss technological and policy level measures required for building a spatial transboundary information sharing infrastructure in Africa to address the information gaps in wildlife law enforcement. The event will be of significant importance to technological, governance and policy makers and scientist from Japanese and foreign institutions who are working on African issues.

Date & Time: 28 Aug 2019 (Wed) ; 13:00 – 14:30
Venue: F202 (2 nd Floor), Pacifico Yokohama
Organizer: Lusaka Agreement Task Force (LATF)
Support: Remote Sensing Technology Center of Japan (RESTEC)
Registration: Online registration is required
Language: English (without Japanese interpretation)
Inquiry: e-ticad7@restec.or.jp

AGENDA (Tentative)

MC: Dr. Remi Chandran 

Senior International Relations Coordinator, Remote Sensing Technology Center of Japan (RESTEC)

13:00-13:05 Opening Address by Mr. Tetsuro Yano

President of Association of African Economy and Development (AFRECO)

13:05-13:10 Remarks by Ms. Midori Paxton

Head, Ecosystems and Biodiversity, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

13:10-13:15 Remarks by Dr. Chiho Watanabe,

     President of National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan (NIES)

13:15-13:20 Remarks by Mr. Brian McBrearity

Vice President, African Wildlife Foundation (AWF)

13:20-13:25 Remarks by His Excellency, Minister of Tourism and Arts of the Republic of Zambia (TBC)

13:25-13:30 Remarks by His Excellency Dr. Hamisi A. Kigwangalla (TBC)

Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism of the United Republic of Tanzania

13:30-13:35 Special Remarks by His Excellency Mr. Felix Tshisekedi (TBC)

President of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

13:35-14:25 Panel Discussion

Moderator

Mr. Tetsuji Ida, Senior Staff Reporter: Science News Desk, Environment, Energy & Development, Kyodo News

Panelist

Mr. Kaname Ikeda, President of Remote Sensing Technology Center of Japan (RESTEC)

Dr. Manabu Onuma, Senior Researcher, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan (NIES)

Ms. Midori Paxton, Head Ecosystems and Biodiversity, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Mr. Edward Phiri, Director of Lusaka Agreement Task Force (LATF)

Ms. Fiesta Warinwa, Director of Policy, African Wildlife Foundation, Kenya (AWF)

14:25-14:30 Closing Address

Mr. Edward Phiri, Director of Lusaka Agreement Task Force (LATF)