Joint Workshop on the
Asia-Pacific Environmental Innovation Strategy Project and Millennium
Ecosystem Assessment: Toward Innovative Environmental Strategies for
The Joint Workshop on the Asia-Pacific Environmental Innovation Strategy Project and Millennium Ecosystem Assessment: Toward Innovative Environmental Strategies for Sustainable Development took place from 6-7 September 2001 at the United Nations University Centre in Tokyo, Japan. The workshop was organized by the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN), the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), the Ministry of the Environment of Japan, and the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU/IAS), and involved approximately 80 experts from governments, the academic and scientific communities, and intergovernmental, regional and non-governmental organizations. The meeting explored opportunities for partnership between two initiatives currently in development: the Asia-Pacific Environmental Innovation Strategy Project (APEIS) and the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA).
The workshop�s objective was to raise awareness about APEIS and the MA, explore areas for convergence, and coordinate crosscutting themes. It also sought to assist the development of an analytical framework and other processes for monitoring and assessment of ecosystems and policy options. Within this context, the workshop focused on identifying synergies and methodologies, specifically to address the critical issues unique to ecosystems in the Asia-Pacific region. During the workshop participants met in four sessions on: programme design and synergy; integrated monitoring and assessment; interaction with policymakers; and a general discussion. The output of the workshop included a Chair�s Summary incorporating the issues, proposals and recommendations made during the session, which will be submitted to the Second Technical Design Workshop of the MA taking place from 8-11 October in Cape Town, South Africa, and to the next Environment Congress for Asia and the Pacific (ECO ASIA) scheduled for 13-14 October in Tokyo, Japan.