UNESCO Chair Holder

Professor Hiroyuki Matsuda

Graduate School of Environmental and Information Sciences, Yokohama National University


Prof. Matsuda graduated Kyoto University in Biology, and obtained DSc at Kyoto University in Biophysics. Then, after Research Associate at Nippon Medical School and Senior Scientist at Japan Fisheries Agency, he became Associate Professor at Faculty of Science (Biology), Kyushu University, and then became Associate Professor at Ocean Research Institute, the University of Tokyo. In December 2003, he became Professor of Yokohama National University. Leader of GCOE “Global Eco-Risk Management from Asian Viewpoints” (2007-2012), previous President of the Ecological Society of Japan, Director of Japan Society of Ocean Policy, previous President of the Society of Population Ecology, Visiting Professor, Kuroshio Science Unit, Graduate School of Integrated Arts and Sciences, Kochi University, and Pew Marine Fellow https://www.pewtrusts.org/en/projects/marine-fellows/fellows-directory/2007/hiroyuki-matsuda

Recent Book Publications

Hiroyuki Matsuda ed. “Ecological Risk Management” (Springer, 2021).

Hiroyuki Matsuda, Tetsu Sato, and Takakazu Yumoto, “UNESCO Ecopark” (Kyoto Univ. Press, 2019) Japanese https://www.kyoto-up.or.jp/books/9784814002054.html

Recent Articles

Total 42 articles published in Asahi Shinbun (Newspaper) “RONZA” from Jan. 11, 2016 to Mar. 31, 2022. https://webronza.asahi.com/authors/2015122500017.html

Recent Lectures

Lecture: Prof. Hiroyuki Matsuda, “the possibility of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme” at the 5th Remote Meeting organized by Committee on Earth and Planetary Sciences, Science Council of Japan (online) on Mar. 8, 2022. https://www.scj.go.jp/ja/member/iinkai/kanji/pdf25/siryo323-2.pdf

Online Lecture by Prof. Hiroyuki Masuda on “Marine Environmental Risk Management, Part IIb Protected areas” at Hormozgan University (partner university) on March 4, 2022. https://ecorisk.web.fc2.com/2022/220304HormozganFlyer.pdf

YNU Spring Program 2022 (online) Feb. 8-10, 2022

  • Keynote Lecture: Prof. Hiroyuki Matsuda, “Are sustainable development friendly with environment and human health?”
  • Lecture: Dr. Miguel Clüsener-Godt (former Director of the Division of Ecological and Earth Sciences, UNESCO), “Nature Conservation and Sustainable Development: Can the World Meet the 30 by 30 Challenge?”
  • Lecture: Assoc. Prof. Ying ZHANG (School of Environmental Science and Technology, Dalian University of Technology (partner university)), “Health risk from nano-technology applied in agriculture”
  • Lecture on Japanese culture: Assoc. Prof. Kenji Hasegawa (International Strategy Organization, YNU)


Minato UNESCO Association 40th Anniversary Symposium “UNESCO Eco-Parks: Nature Reserves Fostered by Local Communities” held at International House of Japan (online available) on Nov. 19, 2021. Lecture by Prof. Akiko Sakai on “UNESCO Eco Parks connect local development with nature conservation, and local issues with global issues”, and Comprehensive Commentator by Prof. Hiroyuki Matsuda. (Beside them, Opening Remarks by Mr. Hiroshi Nagano, the Chairman of Minato UNESCO Association, Welcome Addresses by Mr. Yasushi Taguchi, Secretary-General of Japanese National Commission for UNESCO, MEXT and Ms. Aya Okamoto, Japanese National Commission for UNESCO, MEXT, and other lectures by Dr. Hiroko Isoda, Chief of MAB Subcommittee in Japanese National Commission for UNESCO and Dr. Aida Mammadova, Kanazawa University.) https://minato-unesco.jp/blog/symposium/post-2749/

Special Lecture by Prof. Hiroyuki Matsuda on “Nature Reserves and Wildlife Management in the Post-SDGs Period” for The United Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences, Kagoshima University on Nov. 8, 2021.

Lecture by Prof. Hiroyuki Matsuda on “ESD for urban students using Biosphere Reserve” in “EABRN Training Webinar on Education for Sustainable Development in Biosphere Reserve” held by UNESCO Beijin Office on Oct. 27, 2021. https://punto3.it/wp-content/uploads/EABRN-Training-Webinars-2021-Tentative-Schedule-27-Sept.pdf

On-demand lecture by Prof. Hiroyuki Matsuda on “A new normal between humans and wildlife as part of the biosphere” for the Programme “Man and the Biosphere: opportunities and prospects” held by Kanazawa University and Kazakhstan National MAB Committee during Oct. 1-15, 2021. https://sgu.adm.kanazawa-u.ac.jp/international/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/c483b696a9e7f4b0c21f78b877a9e6d0.pdf

Online lecture by Prof. Hiroyuki Matsuda on “General remarks about Man and Biosphere in Japan”. in “Japan and Kazakhstan Training Course towards SDGs”, organized by Kanazawa University on Feb. 12, 2021. https://www.kanazawa-u.ac.jp/info/detail.php?e=1017

JBRN “Promotion Video for Japanese Biosphere Reserves” by Prof. Hiroyuki Matsuda on Dec. 2, 2020. https://en.unesco.org/news/japanese-biosphere-reserves-review-50th-anniversary-unescos-mab-programme

Organizing Meetings