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PANCES Policy Briefs

The establishment of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) reflected the need to enhance the interface between science and policy, including through the construction of a conceptual framework for assessment in this field and an approach to make the framework operational. In parallel with this, the group of nearly 100 experts across Japan has started the national scale scenario analysis of nature and nature’s contributions to people to help the government to revise the existing National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan. The IPBES Global Assessment Report published in May 2019 indicated that the ongoing loss of biodiversity on a global scale might jeopardise the achievement of the Aichi Targets, as well as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the 2050 Vision for Biodiversity and the Paris Agreement adopted under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), among others. However, many of the insights presented in the IPBES Global Assessment do not directly apply to Japan due to its declining birth rate, dwindling population and ageing, where declining utilisation (underuse) of nature is considered to be one of the drivers causing biodiversity loss. In line with the global efforts of assessing natue and nature’s contribution to people, it is of vital importance to conduct assessments and gain a future perspective in light of the unique social and economic conditions of Japan. Based on the findings so far of the Predicting and Assessing Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services through an Integrated Social-Ecological Systems Approach (PANCES) project, which is financed by the Environment Research and Technology Development Fund (S-15) from the Ministry of the Environment, Japan, this Policy Brief sets out comprehensive policy recommendations with a view to building future scenarios and integrated model of social-ecological systems on national and regional scales, in particular.

Policy Brief - Theme 1- (February, 2020)

Future Scenarios and Integrated Model of Social-Ecological Systems on National and Regional Scales

Policy Brief - Theme 2- (February, 2020)

Predicting and Assessing of Natural Values from Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services of Terrestrial Ecosystems

Policy Brief - Theme 3- (January, 2020)

Predicting and assessing the natural values of marine ecosystems from natural capital and ecosystem services

Policy Brief - Theme 4- (February, 2020)

Deepening the evaluation and governance of natural capital and ecosystem services