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Date: May 13th -15th 2019

sdg_icon_18_en.pngsdg_icon_wheel_rgb.pngVenue: Biwako-hall Otsu-City, Shiga Prefecture, JAPAN
Language: English and Japanese Translation
Free of Participation fee.
49th session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is scheduled from
8 to 12, May 2019 at in Kyoto City, right next to Otsu City.


taue.jpgAgriculture, including forestry and fishery is an industry which is vulnerable to climate change, and is also a significant emission source of greenhouse gasses.

Sustainable food production under climate change is a global common challenge.

Agriculture must adapt to climate change, increase production, and at the same time reduce greenhouse gasses, in order to continue to feed and nourish the global population!


Everything possible to make this happen will be showcased and discussed during this exciting and important 3-day event at a beautiful scenery over the biggest lake in Japan. 
But remember—this cannot be achieved by farmers alone. Everyone needs and deserves delicious food. Join us and act today!





*For environmental reasons, no paper copies of documents will be shared at the symposium.
*Visitors including presenters are encouraged to wear light clothes (without a tie and jacket)
   while the air conditioning is set at 28 degrees in venue to reduce CO2 emissions and electricity use.
   Thank you for your cooperation!


Monday, May 13th
10 : 00 - 18 : 00
Public Symposium

Maximum capacity: 800 persons
Venue: Biwako-hall chu-hall

10:00 Opening
Mr. Takamori Yoshikawa, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Mr. Taizo Mikazuki, Governer of Shiga Prefecture
“Shiga Prefecture Agriculture is the Best Solution to Climate Change!”(PDF : 2,733KB)
 Part 1(PDF : 810KB) Part 2(PDF : 2,078KB)

10:20 Key note speech
Ms. Marta Andrea Alfaro Valenzuela
Review Editor for Vol.4 of the 2019 Refinement to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories
“The Role of Agriculture, Forestry and other Land Uses in the World of Global Warming”(PDF : 2,218KB)
 Part 1(PDF : 1,000KB) Part 2(PDF : 1,260KB)

10:50 Introduction of the policy in Japan
Ms. Maiko Kubo
Director, Environment Policy Office, Minister's Scretariat, MAFF
“What approach should agriculture take for climate change?”(PDF : 2,319KB)
 Part 1(PDF : 1,248KB) Part 2(PDF : 1,145KB)

11:00 Break

11:15 Session 1: Setting the scene
Mr. Martial Bernoux
Natural Resources Officer, Climate Change and Environment Division, FAO
“Setting the scene”(PDF : 1,669KB)

1) Mr. Dirk Nemitz
Programme Officer, Mitigation, Data and Analysis, UN Climate Change Secretariat
“Agriculture under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change”(PDF : 1,492KB)

2) Mr. Tekini Nakidakida
Senior Research Officer for Crops Agronomy, Ministry of Agriculture of Fiji
“The Koronivia Story in Fiji”(PDF : 2,038KB)

3) Ms. Donia Hassan
Agricultural Engineer, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
Agriculture Economics Administration, Head Department of Research and economic and environmental studies, Sudan

“Agriculture and Climate Change in Sudan”(PDF : 2,640KB)
 Part 1(PDF : 1,860KB) Part 2(PDF : 845KB)

12:35 Lunch break

14:00 Session 2: Sharing good Practices 1
1) Ms. Victoria Hatton
Senior Policy Analyst, Ministry for Primary Industries, New Zealand
“Picking up the gauntlet: NZ farmers producing more with less”(PDF : 2,182KB)
 Part 1(PDF : 1,829KB) Part 2(PDF : 553KB)

2) Mr. Masakazu Shiwa
Senior Researcher, Tea Research Institute, Agricultural Technology Promotion Center of Shiga Prefecture
“Technique to reduce N2O emissions derived from farmers’ efforts to preserve water quality in tea fields”(PDF : 3,374KB)
 Part 1(PDF : 1,819KB) Part 2(PDF : 1,688KB)

3) Ms. Gianna Braun
4 per 1000 Initiative, Executive Secretariat
“Carbon Sequestration in the Soil for Agriculture and Mitigation”(PDF : 1,692KB)

4) Ms. Eseri Nankya
Soil Scientist, National Agricultural Research Organisation, Uganda
“Biochar Production and Field Application “A” Multiple-win success story for farmers in Uganda.”(PDF : 1,673KB)

15:05 Break

15:25 Session 3: Sharing good practice 2
5) Mr. Masakazu Hori
Senior researcher, National Research Institute of Fisheries and Environment of Inland Sea, Japan Fisheries Research and Education Agency
“Sequestration and strage ability and process of blue carbon in shallow coastal ecosystems”(PDF : 2,444KB)
 Part 1(PDF : 1,906KB) Part 2(PDF : 753KB)

6) Mr. Tatsuhiko Yamada
Director, Center for Advanced Materials, Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute of Japan
“Wood-drived advanced materials lead sustainable system of material utilization to the future”(PDF : 1,755KB)

7) Mr. Toshio Nishimura
Former Representative Director of Shinmen Agricultural Union in Otsu City
“Greenhouse gas reduction through growing Hanafuji Rice”(PDF : 1,320KB)

8) Mr. Matthew Reddy
Director, Climate Smart Agriculture, World Business Council for Sustainable Development
“Holistic Value Chain Approaches in Agriculture”(PDF : 3,222KB)
 Part 1(PDF : 1,482KB) Part 2(PDF : 1,966KB)

16:35 Break

16:45 Wrap up: Way forward “Agriculture is the solution, with your participation!”
Mr. Mikitaro Shobayashi
Professor and Vice president, Gakushuin Women University

1) Mr. Akihiro Kadonaga
Director, GAP Promotion Division, National Federation of Agricultural Coorperative Associations (ZEN-NOH) of Japan
“JA Group’s GAP Initiatives”(PDF : 1,250KB)

2) Ms. Yuuko Iizuka
General Manager, Sustainability Department, Sumitomo Forestry Co. Ltd
“Towards Sustainable Management Sumitomo Forestry”(PDF : 1,495KB)

3) Ms. Yumie Kawashima
Manager, CSR Department, Aeon Co. Ltd
“AEON Decarbonization Vision for 2050”(PDF : 917KB)

4) Mr. Tobias Baedeker

Agriculture Economist, Agriculture Global Practice, World Bank

5) Mr. Kazuhiko Shimada
Deputy Director General, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Research Council Secretariat, MAFF
Presentation file(PDF : 601KB)

Tuesday, May 14th
8 : 30 - 17 : 30
Maximum capacity: 100 persons

Field tour

Paddy field 'Cradle for baby fish' and facility using local renewable energy, etc.

Wednesday, May 15th
9 : 30 - 17 : 00
Maximum capacity: 150 persons

Workshop to connect scientists and farmers
Improved soil carbon, soil health and soil fertility for agriculture and climate change
Venue: Biwako Hotel at Otsu-shi, Shiga Prefecture
Organizer: Co-organized by MAFF and 4 per 1000 Initiative, with support from FAO, Worldbank, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Rothamsted Research, France, Germany and others.
Language:English / Japanese simultaneous interpretation
                  (Some sessions are English only.) 
9:30 Opening remarks and introduction
Mr. Kazuhiko Shimada
Deputy Director General, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Research Council Secretariat, MAFF

9:35 Key Note Speech (Japanese - English interpretation)
1) Mr. Paul Luu
Executive Secretary, 4 per 1000 Initiative
“Farmers' role in contributing to climate change mitigation”(PDF : 6,552KB)
 Part 1(PDF : 1,725KB) Part 2(PDF : 1,837KB) Part 3(PDF : 2,000KB) Part 4(PDF : 905KB) Part 5(PDF : 559KB)

2) Mr. Kiyoto Tanabe
Co-Chair, Task Force on National GHG Inventories, IPCC 
“2019 Refinement to the 2006 IPCC Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas Inventories - refinements in guidance on agriculture”(PDF : 1,771KB)

3) Mr. Yuxin Tong
Land and Water Division, FAO and Global Soil Partnership
“Unlocking the Potential of Soil Organic Carbon”(PDF : 2,433KB)
Part 1(PDF : 1,365KB) Part 2(PDF : 1,204KB)

10:45 Break

11:00 Session A:Business cases and opportunities for investment (Simultaneous holding with session B, Japanese -English interpretation)
1) Ms. Dalma Somogyi
Climate Smart Agriculture Manager, World Business Council for Sustainable Development
“The business case for investment in soil health”(PDF : 2,042KB)

2) Mr. André Leu
Directer of International of Regeneration International
“System of Rice intensification  Higher yields and lower methane”(PDF : 1,004KB)

3) Mr. Hirotaka Shinmura
CEO, Tokachi Shinmura Farm
“What the Tokachi Shinmura Ranch considers most important – soil and more”(PDF : 1,768KB)
About Shinmura Farm's video(PDF:548KB)

11:00 Session B:Policy and research for farmers (simultaneous holding with session A, English only)
1) Mr. Gustavo Mozzer
Researcher, Public Unit, Secretariat of Intelligence and Strategic Affairs, EMBRAPA, Brazil
“Elements to the Brazilian governance in Climate Change”(PDF : 3,102KB)
 Part 1(PDF : 1,674KB) Part 2(PDF : 1,508KB)

2) Mr. Satoshi Tobita
Program Director, Environment and Natural Resource Management Program, Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS)
“Genetic mitigation of climate change through Biological Nitrification Inhibition (BNI)”(PDF : 1,765KB)

3) Ms. Milagros Sandoval
Regional Climate Change Directer, Conservation International
“Restoring carbon soil through improved productive systems”(PDF : 2,405KB)
 Part 1(PDF : 1,768KB) Part 2(PDF : 646KB)

12:00 Lunch Break

13:00 Session C (Japanese -English interpretation)
1) Ms. Akiko Nagano
Deputy Director, Environment Policy Office, MAFF
“Soil Carbon Management for Climate Change Mitigation and Sustainable Development in Japan”(PDF : 1,215KB)

2) Mr. Yasuhito Shirato
Research Manager for Climate Change, National Agriculture and Food Research Organizaion
“Introduction and demonstration of web-based visualization tool for agricultural soil C sequestration and GHGs emission”(PDF : 860KB)

3) Mr. Ludovic Larbodiere
Head of Globalization and Food security unit, Department of European and International affairs, General Directorate for Economics and Environmental Performance of Enterprises, Ministry of Agriculture Agrifood and Forestry, France
“Agro-ecology and 4 per 1000, the French experience”(PDF : 469KB)

14:10 Break

14:25 Session D:Farmers' approach (simultaneous holding with session E, Japanese -English interpretation)
1) Mr. Sundeep Srinivas
Biodynamic Association of India
“Combating climate change with Biodynamics”(PDF : 615KB)

2) Mr. Koichi Sonoda
CEO of Omi Sonoda Farm in Shiga Prefecture
“Source of life ‘develop Soil and Crop’ eco-farming based on development of soil using “food loss compost” ”(PDF : 1,766KB)

3) Mr. Victoriano Tagupa
Executive Director, League of Organic Agriculture Municipalities & Cities in the Philippines
“On the ground initiatives of local goverments of the Philippines in 4 per 1000”(PDF : 2,956KB)
 Part 1(PDF : 1,172KB) Part 2(PDF : 1,926KB)

14:25 Session E:Policy and research for farmers (simultaneous holding with session D, English only)
1) Mr. Wolfgang Zornbach
Division 521 – Sustainability and Climate Change
Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Germany (In collaboration with Thunen Institute)
“Soil organic carbon stocks in German agricultural soils”(PDF : 1,708KB)

2) Mr. Xiabo Qin
Institute of Environment and Sustainable Department in Agriculture, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences
“Increasing cropland soil carbon sequestration, China is in action”(PDF : 2,993KB)
 Part 1(PDF : 523KB) Part 2(PDF : 1,966KB) Part 3(PDF : 525KB)

3) Ms. Margaret C. Yoovatana
Senior Policy and Plan Specialist, Planning and Technical Division, Department of Agriculture, Thailand
“Climate Smart Agriculture in ASEAN and Thailand; soil and nutrient management”(PDF : 1,081KB)

15:25 Break

15:40 Session F:Wrap-up (Japanese -English interpretation)

 16:00 Special speech
  Mr. Achim Dobermann
  Director and Chief Executive of the Rothamsted Research
  “176 Years of Long-Term Experimentation: What Have We Learned?”(PDF : 1,314KB)
  *Mr. Dobermann will participate by video system.

  Rothamsted Research, based in UK is a world-leading, non-profit research centre
  that focuses on strategic agricultural science to the benefit of farmers and society worldwide.
  “Working from gene to field is what Rothamsted Research is all about.
  And we've been at it for more than 170 years, much longer than any other agricultural research institute in the world”
  Dr. Dobermann says.
  Towards the end of this workshop, when participants have learned from farmers, researchers, policy makers as well as companies,
  Dr. Achim Dobermann will highlight the beauty of its “classical” science, which has always been the basis of soil. 

16:40 Closing

Prior registration is required to participate.

City Information and Access to the venue(PDF:573kb)


Team AgSol, Environment Policy Office, MAFF, JAPAN

Photos:Biwako visitors bureau(Public interest incorporated association) 

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