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AP-BON Science Symposium

The AP-BON Science Symposium was held by about 100 participants, including thirty nine scientists from Japan and abroad.
The participants discussed on the role and future activities of biodiversity observation, especially on the assessment of the achievement toward the "Aichi Biodiversity Targets" adopted at the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD/COP-10).


To introduce the effort of AP-BON widely through the presentation or discussion about the way or role of biodiversity monitoring in Asia-pacific region

Date and Venue

Date: 4 December (Sun), 2011
(AP-BON workshop to be held on 2nd & 3rd)
Venue: TKP Akasaka Twin-Tower Conference Center, Tokyo, Japan


Participant list [PDF:296KB]

Point of the argument

  • An expectation was expressed for utilization of information provided by AP-BON in developing national targets based on Aichi Biodiversity Targets of CBD's strategic plan. It was pointed out that networks such as AP-BON are important in order to promote and enhance dialogue between science and policy.
  • Participants argued the necessity to provide appropriate information according to users'needs, with understanding the difference in interest between researchers and decision makers. In this context, ecosystem services were suggested as information needs from policy side, mentioning biodiversity and ecosystem services mapping for example. At the same time, some participants showed their recognition that knowledge on the assessment of ecosystem service is still limited and therefore providing proper information on ecosystem services is a great challenge.
  • Furthermore, participants also discussed the necessity of collaboration and cooperation with social scientists, based on the importance of landscape approach which involves socioeconomic aspects for the sake of biodiversity conservation.
  • Besides these, other issues were also pointed out including:
    • Data collection in marine research is pains taking and time consuming; and
    • A reliable mechanism for data sharing which covers unpublished data should be discussed and explored.


Opening Remarks
Mr. Masaki Okuyama
Director, Biodiversity Center, Ministry of the Environment of Japan

Outcome of the 4th AP-BON Workshop
Dr. Tetsukazu Yahara
Kyushu University, Co-Chair of AP-BON
Mr.Masaki Okuyama



a) An introduction to the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and expectations for AP-BON as it moves forward [PDF:2MB]
Mr. Kieran Noonan Mooney
Programme Assistant, Secretariat, Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
b) Evaluating the Achievement of Aichi Target [PDF:885KB]
Dr. Vania Proenca, University of Lisbon
c) Establishing IPBES; A platform for the integration of science and policy [PDF:792KB]
Dr. Ryo Kosaka
Nagoya City University
d) Biodiversity Observation and Data Sharing in India [PDF:7MB]
Dr. Partha Sarathi Roy
Director, Indian Institute of Remote Sensing
e) Activities of ACB for the Observation of Biodiversity in the region [PDF:3MB]
Dr. Sheila G. Vergara
Director, Biodiversity Information Management, ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB)
f) Biodiversity Data Standards, Infrastructures and Interoperability for GEO BON ? the GBIF Contribution [PDF:8MB]
Dr. Eamonn O Tuama
Senior Programme Officer for Inventory, Discovery, Access (IDA), Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)
Panel discussion
Moderator: Dr. Tetsukazu Yahara image
Participants: Mr. Kieran Noonan Mooney
Dr. Vania Proenca
Dr. Ryo Kosaka
Dr. Partha Sarathi Roy
Dr. Sheila Vergara
Dr. Eamonn O Tuama
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