JENESYS East Asia Future Leaders Programme D: Environmental Conservation through Biodiversity: In Search of Sustainable Development

Photo of JENESYS East Asia Future Leaders Programme participants

The Japan Foundation has conducted the "East Asia Future Leaders Programme" under the Japan-East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths (JENESYS) Programme from 2007 to 2012.
It is a short-term exchange scheme which specifically targets young intellectuals and practitioners of particular activities aged up to 35 years in East Asia. Each program focuses on a specific theme and emphasizes a series of discussions on thematic issues common to the region, and interaction with Japanese experts and citizens with specific backgrounds.
Promising youths from the relevant fields with the related expertise expected to become the leaders of the next generation visit Tokyo and other localities, sharing every moment of study tour program together and nurturing a bond among the members. The program aims at developing mutual understanding and building networks among the 16 participating countries including Japan, a host country.






D: Environmental Conservation through Biodiversity: In Search of Sustainable Development

16 youths from the 15 countries were invited to Japan and participated in the program. Those who actively involved with environmental issues in the fields of NGOs, academia and educations, public administrations, arts, and journalism spent 12 days together and fostered solidarity. The young leaders of each country visited Tokyo, Fukuoka, Yakushima, Minamata, Unzen, Nagasaki and exchanged their views with the counterparts in Japan.

Program Period

March 3 to March 14, 2009

List of Participants

Country Name Institution
Brunei Norkhatijah Binti Haji Zainal University of Brunei Darussalam
Cambodia CHANN,Rithy Pasteur Institute of Cambodia
Indonesia Arianto A.Patunru University of Indonesia
Laos Bounthanom Bouahom National Agriculture and Forestory Research Institute
Malaysia Saidal Udin KOPEL (Batu Puteh Community Ecotourism Co-operative)
Myanmar Haymar Hein Department of Agriculture Planning, Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation
Philippines Vincent John D. Oliveros Palawan Conservation Corps
Singapore Ang Eng Hu Jeremy National Park Board
Thailand Petchrung Sukpong International Unions for Conservation of Nature - Thailand Program
Vietnam Chu Ngoc QUANG Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development
Australia Tegan Burton Department of Environment and Climate Change, NSW
Australia Rebecca Marney Keating Department of Sustainability and Environment, Victoria
New Zealand Rebekah J. M. Fuller Institute for Social and Economic Change
India Bibhu Prasad Nayak Institute for Social and Economic Change
China LI, Jing China Daily
Korea JEONG, Narae Korea Federation for Environmental Movement


Date Program
Mar. 3 (Tue) Arrival in Japan
Welcome Dinner (Casual)
Mar. 4 (Wed) <Tokyo>
Introductory Lecture 1 by Prof. Tetsukazu Yahara, Faculty of Science, Kyushu University
Introductory Lecture 2 by Dr. Hiroki Oikawa, Yokohama National University
Country Report from the Participants
Welcome Reception
Mar. 5 (Thu) <Tokyo - Fukuoka>
Ministry of the Environment, Lecture by Mr. Tomohiko Hideta
FoE Japan, Lecture by Prof. Masahiro Miyazaki, Atomi Univ.
Leave Tokyo for Fukuoka
Mar. 6 (Fri) <Fukuoka - Yakushima>
Visit to Kyushu University; Site Visit at Ito Campus
Lecture by Prof. Tetsukazu Yahara
Dinner with the Rangers of Yakushima World Heritage Center
Mar. 7 (Sat) <Yakushima>
Lecture, Yakusugi Nature Museum
Visit to Kigen-sugi Cedar
Trekking at Yakusugi Land
Visit to Yakushima Island Environmental and Cultural Learning Center
Lecture, Environment and Culture Learning Center
Mar. 8 (Sun) <Yakushima - Minamata>
Senpiro-no-taki Waterfall, Nakama Banyan Tree, Ohko-no-taki Waterfall, Nagata Inaka-hama Beach, Shitoko Banyan Tree Park
Leave Yakushima for Minamata
Dinner with the Victims of Minamata Disease
Mar. 9 (Mon) <Minamata - Unzen>
Minamata Disease Municipal Museum
Relevant sites of Minamata (Chisso Factory, Hyakken Drainage, Minamata Reclaimed Site)
Visit to Settlements of Minamata Disease Victims (Tsuki-no-Ura and Yudo)
Exchange Opinions with Victims of Minamata Disease At Minamata Hotaru no ie
Mar. 10 (Tue) <Unzen - Nagasaki>
Have a Clear View on Isahaya Bay from the Aino-Tembodai Lookout
Lecture “On Isahaya Bay Reclamation Project”, Ariake Kai Gyomin Shimin Network
Visit to Central Reclaimed Land and Dike Road
Exchange Opinions with Fishermen
Mar. 11 (Wed) <Nagasaki - Tokyo>
Mar. 12 (Thu) <Tokyo>
Group Activities (Preparing for the Group Presentation)
Courtesy Call to Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Mar. 13 (Fri) <Tokyo>
Group Presentation
Visit the Japan Foundation for Evaluation
Mar. 14 (Sat) Departure from Japan


『Environmental Conservation through Biodiversity:
In Search of Sustainable Development』
The report book includes the overview of the study tour, keynote lecture of the program advisor Dr. Tetsukazu Yahara and Dr. Hiroki Oikawa, and group presentations and individual reports of the participants.

  • Published by: The Japan Foundation
  • Date: December 2009
  • ISBN: 978-4-87540-112-4
  • A4 format, English, Not for Sale

JENESYS Programme
  • *This is a part of JENESYS (Japan - East Asia Network of Exchange for Students and Youths) Programme.
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