Arctic Frontiers Abroad – The Power of Knowledge

Start

Friday 06 December, 2019

09:30

Finish

Friday 06 December, 2019

16:30

Embassy of Norway, Tokyo

Description

It is our pleasure to invite you to a seminar on knowledge based management of the Arctic through science informed policy making.

The Arctic has become an integral part of global affairs. Images of the dramatic effects of climate change in the region reverberate through world politics. The Arctic also contains resources that may provide a growing global population with energy resources, minerals, proteins and medicines.

Knowledge is essential for people living and operating in the Arctic. As scientific knowledge has expanded and become widely available, it plays a central role in the stewardship of the region.
The discussion on the Arctic often manifests itself as a polarised debate between those who argue for protection on the one side, and interests that want to engage in exploitation of natural resources on the other. How may scientific knowledge and facts contribute to a more balanced discourse?

Norway is an Arctic nation, with centuries of experience in both research, conservation and economic activity in the Arctic region. Japan has a growing presence in the Arctic, and is making significant contributions to Arctic scientific knowledge production. Norway and Japan has a long history of wide-ranging cooperation on Arctic issues.

Program

09:30 WELCOME AND INTRODUCTION

  • Ambassador Inga M.W. Nyhamar
  • Hon. Yoshitaka Shindo, Member of Parliament, Vice-president of the Parliamentary League for Arctic Frontier Study
  • Director-General Takuji Nakamura, National Institute of Polar Research
  • Director Ole Øvretveit, Arctic Frontiers

10:00 SESSION 1: CHANGES IN THE ARCTIC CLIMATE AND ENVIRONMENT OVER THE LAST 100 YEARS

Through expeditions and vital research activities, developments in the Arctic region has been documented over many years. The Arctic is warming faster than any other region on Earth, and the world is already feeling the effects. How is the Arctic climate and environment changing?

Moderator: Dr Takeshi Miyaoka, Director of the Arctic Environment Research Center, NIPR

  • Keynote: Dr Kim Holmen, International Director, Norwegian Polar Institute – Svalbard climate during the last 100 years; extraordinary changes
  • Dr Naomi Harada, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology – Biogeochemical cycle and marine ecosystem in the changing Arctic Ocean
  • Professor Ingrid Mann, UiT – The Arctic University of Norway – Climatology in the high-latitude mesosphere and thermosphere
  • Professor Kumiko Goto-Azuma, National Institute of Polar Research – Japanese ice-core studies in the Arctic
  • Professor Shinji Morimoto, Tohoku University – Greenhouse gas observations at Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard

11:30 SESSION 2: ARCTIC OCEAN – RESOURCES, CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

The Arctic Ocean and the seas surrounding it are changing. As the sea ice recedes, a new Arctic opens up. This brings challenges and opportunities, such as shifts in the distribution of fish stocks
and new shipping routes. How can we ensure the continued value creation from the oceans and at the same time maintain the integrity of the Arctic environment?

Moderator: Dr Svein Grandum, Counsellor for science, technology and higher education, embassy of Norway

  • Keynote: Professor Hajime Yamaguchi, University of Tokyo – Navigation support system for the Arctic sea routes
  • Professor Joji Morishita, Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology – Policy-Science Interaction in the Central Arctic Ocean Fisheries Agreement Negotiations
  • Mr Henrik Falck, Senior Adviser, Centre for High North Logistics – Infrastructure and maritime traffic along the Northern Sea Route
  • Mr Daisuke Harada, Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC) – Rising Oil & Gas flow from Russia to East: Current status, Role of the Arctic and Challenges in the future
  • Gunvar L. Wie, Norwegian Seafood Council – Communicating management systems and resource control in seafood exports

13:15 LUNCH RECEPTION

Hon. Tadahiko Ito, Member of Parliament, Executive director of the Parliamentary League for Arctic Frontier Study
Signing of updated MoU between NIPR (Japan) and NPI (Norway)

14:45 SESSION 3: SCIENCE TO POLICY – USE OF KNOWLEDGE IN SUSTAINABLE OCEAN MANAGEMENT

Interest in the Arctic is growing, generating increased research activity and output. Are these research activities fit-for-purpose? Do they provide the policy community with input relevant and adequate for responsible decision-making? How can we implement science in policies and knowledge based management most effectively and what can Norway and Japan learn from each other?

Moderator: Ms Aki Tonami, Associate Professor of International Relations and Economics, University of Tsukuba

  • Keynote: Professor Paul Wassmann, UiT The Arctic University of Norway – Knowledge based ecosystem- and resource management in the Arctic Ocean: lessons from Pro Mare and Nansen Legacy projects
  • Mr Eiji Sakai, Vice President, Ocean Policy Research Institute of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation – Roles of think tanks for the implementation of Japan’s arctic policy – as a connecting hub among the stakeholders
  • Mr Geir Andersen, Vice Director, Norwegian Polar Institute – The Integrated Management Plan for Norwegian sea areas
  • Professor Daiju Narita, University of Tokyo – A perspective of environmental economics on Arctic policy

16:15 CLOSING REMARKS

  • Dr Hide Sakaguchi, Executive director, Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology.
  • Mr Ole Øvretveit, Director, Arctic Frontiers

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