UNESCO Chair on Education in Biosphere Reserves for Sustainable Societies

YOKOHAMA National University


The purpose of the Chair shall be to promote an integrated system of research, training, information and documentation on Education for Sustainable Development in Biosphere Reserves in support of the achievement of more sustainable societies. It will facilitate collaboration between high-level, internationally-recognized researchers and teaching staff of the University and other institutions in Japan, as well as elsewhere in the Asia and the Pacific region, and in other regions of the world.

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With a view of facilitating interdisciplinary research on sustainable development issues and to provide sound bases for the management of Biosphere Reserves and the achievement of SDGs, in Japan and in the partner countries, the specific objectives of this Chair are to:

  • investigate the mutually benefitting relationship between Biosphere Reserves and the interconnected urban areas benefitting directly or indirectly from the ecosystem services they provide;
  • provide teaching materials and establish the “Minor Education Programme for MAB/SDGs”;
  • develop the “International Project-Based-Learning (PBL) Training Course for MAB/SDGs” at the Yokohama National University, as a pilot education programme- develop a network of learning sites within the Japanese Biosphere Reserves Network as well as other networks related to partner universities in Japan and in the region, and;
  • cooperate closely with UNESCO and existing UNESCO Chairs on relevant programmes and activities.

Period: April 1 2022-
Chair Holder: Prof. Hiroyuki Matsuda (Graduate School of Environmental and Information Sciences, International Strategy Organization)
Location: Yokohama National University, 79-1 Tokiwadai, Hodogaya-ku, Yokohama 240-8501, Japan