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Japan Hosted the Council Meeting of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases

The Government of Japan hosted the “7th GRA* Council Meeting” at Tsukuba International Conference Center (Epochal Tsukuba) from August 29th to September 1st. It was the first GRA Council Meeting held in Asia.
At this Council, Japan assumed the Chair of the GRA Council with a term of one year and made remarks on its contribution to the GRA as the Chair.

1. Date

 Tuesday, August 29 – Friday, September 1, 2017
(**JIRCAS-NARO International Symposium on August 31)

2. Venue

 Tsukuba International Conference Center (Epochal Tsukuba)

3. Participants (32 countries and 7 organizations in total)

  • GRA Members (27 countries)
  • GRA Partners (5 organizations)
  • Observers (5 countries and 2 organizations)

4. Summary of the 7th GRA Council Meeting

  • Following the opening remarks by the State Minister, Mr. Yousuke ISOZAKI, Japan was welcomed to assume the Chair of the GRA (Dr. Masa IWANAGA, President of Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS) became the Chair person. The term of office is one year). In addition, it was decided that Germany became the Vice-Chair.
  • At the GRA Council Meeting, the participants reviewed the progress of the GRA strategic plan and discussed how to proceed with future activities of the four GRA Research Groups.
  • In the meeting, the Government of Japan explained that, from the viewpoint of its contribution as the Chair, Japan has been promoting (1) research activities of the GRA, (2) expansion of the GRA Members and Partners, and (3) outreach activities of the GRA, including exploring the possibility of acquiring new external funding.

5. Others

 
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State Minister Isozaki made the opening remarks at the GRA Council meeting

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The participants at the GRA Council meeting

 
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The Japanese delegation made comments
at the GRA Council meeting

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The group debate


*GRA: Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases
(https://globalresearchalliance.org/)

**JIRCAS-NARO: Japan International Research Center for Agriculture Science - National Agriculture and Food Research Organization

Contact

International Research Office,
Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Research Council,
Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries