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Symposia & Workshops

【2009.06.18】 SCA Joint Project "Water" Workshop

APIEL co-organized a SCA Joint Project Workshop "Sustainable Water Resources Management in Asia" held in Singapore on 18 June, 2009. Science Council of Asia (SCA), founded in 2000, is an international academic organisation aiming to promote academic collaborations and co-operations across the Asia. This joint project was adopted by SCA and started its activities in 2008. In the workshop, 14 researchers from 10 Asian countries reported on recent water issues in each country. From APIEL, Assoc. Prof. Katayama talked about our activities to foster Environmental Leaders. The workshop went on to discuss on its action plans and agreed that the project would focus on "Higher education of graduate school level and capacity building of water professionals" as a theme. In particular, the project is going to propose a session in an international conference held in 2011. APIEL is going to take part from the view point of human resource and leadership development in environmental field.

【2009.03.08】 "Transboundary Governance for Southeast Asian Environment" Workshop

International Workshop on "Transboundary Governance for Southeast Asian Environment" was held on March 8, 2009 at the Hong Campus of the University of Tokyo following the kick-off workshop that had taken place on the previous day. Authors and commentators from more than 10 countries (i.e., China, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos PDR, Vietnam, Cambodia, Australia, USA, the Philippines, and Japan) attended the meeting and commented on draft chapters on a text book to be published for APIEL education. In the workshop, presentations on draft chapters on transboundary resource problems touched off theoretical debates such as, what "transboundary" should mean and how researchers should address those problems. Authors will revise their texts according to the comments provided during the workshop, and final drafts are planned to be completed by the end of June. In addition, part of the draft chapters will also be used as textbooks for the "transboundary unit" in the APIEL’s field exercise to come in February 2010.

【2009.03.07】 APIEL's Kick-off Workshop

The Kick-off Workshop of APIEL titled "Knowledge or Experience? ? Educational challenges for environmental leaders in Asia" was held on Saturday, March 7 at Yayoi Auditorium Annex, the Univ of Tokyo (UT). We attracted a total of 59 participants and intensively discussed core principles and key methodologies that can be used in APIEL. The workshop started with a message read for Prof. Hiroshi Komiyama, then-President of UT and an introduction of APIEL by Prof. Mino. In the morning session, we discussed key competencies needed for environmental leaders based on our own experiences at UT. Prof. Hanaki and Dr. Onuki talked about their experiences, to which Prof. Philip Hirsh (Univ of Sydney), Dr. Amanda Graham (MIT), and Dr. Barry Ness (Lund Univ) commented. The afternoon session was devoted themes like pedagogy and principles for teaching. Two project assist. professors, Dr Ota and Dr Hoshiko, reported their proposals for new filed exercise courses, to which Dr. Sokhem Pech (Hatfield Consultants Partnership), Prof. Sitanon Jesdapipat (Mae Fah Luang Univ.), and Prof. Li Xin (Chinese Academy of Science) gave some additional reports and comments. The topics ranged from definition and roles of environmental leaders to the importance of trans-disciplinary thinking, cross-cultural experiences and communication skills, respect for plurality, diversity and commonality, etc. An expression used by Dr. Graham, "rubber band mentality", comfortably hit the key characteristics of environmental leaders. Although we did not reach a single and simple conclusion, we agreed on the importance of fieldworks and exposure of students to realities, which should create moral leadership among the students and direct them to engage in environmental issues as leaders.

【2009.02.27】 "Sustainable Water Resources Management in Asia" Symposium

The SCJ symposium "Sustainable Water Resources Management in Asia" was held on Friday, Feb 27 at the Auditorium, Science Council of Japan. We invited 14 researchers from 12 Asian countries, where we have a variety of environmental challenges, and attracted about 150 participants. Presentations and discussions covered themes like "Challenges for Appropriate Water Management System in Asia", "Innovation for water treatment technologies", "Water and Governance for Sustainable Society", “Policies towards Integrated Water Resources Management". In "Water and Governance for Sustainable Society" session, then-president of UT and head of APEL project, Professor Komiyama talked about the sustainable society with a target year set at 2050. Water resources management in Asia is facing a variety of issues such as economic development, rapid urbanization, climate changes, and we therefore are in need of human resources who can play a leading role in these fields. It was quite useful for us that we could have an overview on the water-related issues in Asia in terms of developing both of water-related researches and human resources. The necessity of long-term perspectives has been frequently spelled out, and we were lead to strongly re-affirm the importance of developing human resources.

【2008.10.30】 APIEL Office in Dept of Urban Engineering held a workshop in Bandung, Indonesia

APIEL Office in Department of Urban Engineering held a workshop on Thursday 30 and Friday 31, November, 2008 in Bandung, Indonesia, in conjunction with the 6th International Symposium on Southeast Asian Water Environment. The session stared with Professor Furumai’s calling for proactive commitments and collaboration by all the participants to the resonant network by those who deal with environmental issues in order to incubate Environmental Leaders. Each participant then gave a presentation on their university’s approach to environmental education. The session itself was quite short, of just over 2 hours, however, the participants eagerly exchanged their views and ideas on how best to set up joint educational courses such as practical courses open to partnership universities’ students, governmental organizations and NGOs.