28 January 2017, Bali

The Wildlife Enforcement Monitoring System (WEMS) Initiative’s entry in the poster session of the Second International Forum for Sustainable Future in Asia won the “Best Poster” Award.

The event held from January 26-28, 2017, at Kampus Sudirman, Universitas Udayana, Denpasar, Indonesia focused on five key areas for the realization of sustainable societies in Asia: Environmental Monitoring, Environmental Risks and Health, Biodiversity, Waste Management and Recycling, and Synergizing Adaptation and Mitigation Actions. [Visit event website]

The first Forum on Sustainable Future in Asia was initiated by the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) in collaboration with The University of Tokyo and the Asian Institute of Technology in 2016 to disseminate the outcomes of the research activities at NIES as well as to bridge the gaps between science and policy.

The second forum held in Bali this year facilitated discussions among stakeholders on the science-policy interface on key issues, namely environmental monitoring using satellites, environmental risks, health, biodiversity, waste management, recycling, and synergizing adaptation and mitigation actions to support trans-boundary thinking, problem-solving, and determining feasible paths towards truly sustainable societies through converting aspirations into actions at local, national and regional levels.

There were over 40 posters submitted from institutions in Indonesia, Japan, and Thailand in line with the thematic areas of the forum. The award-winning poster portrayed the WEMS Initiative, its components, the information sharing protocol and the potential it holds as a tool to reinforce environmental governance at local, national, regional and global levels. It highlights how WEMS can promote information governance through streamlining the national and regional reporting processes while aiding in monitoring specific targets under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Giving governments the ease and effectiveness to track progress and possible areas of collaboration with fellow member countries, as well as educating the general public on the significance of protecting environmental integrity to their livelihoods.

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2nd NIES International Forum, January 26-28 , 2017 Udayana University, Bali, Indonesia | Photo Credit: NIES

Mr. Guilberto Borongan from RRC.AP, AIT accepting the certificate of the Best Poster Award from Prof. Akimasa Sumi, President of NIES on behalf of WEMS Secretariat | Photo Credit: NIES