Special International Seminar at Kuching, Sarawak

June 29, 2012

a special international seminar held at Kuching, Sarawak Malaysia

 The seminar was planned and executed by CSEAS, Kyoto University(Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (S): Planted Forests in Equatorial Southeast Asia: Human-nature Interactions in High Biomass Society)
co-sponsored by Institute of East Asian Studies, UNIMAS and Sarawak Forestry Corporation.

 The objective of the seminar was to propel the collaborations with other researchers overseas and local scholars and to give feedback our research outcomes. The seminar successfully gathered government officials, university researchers, NGO members, corporate officials, media members and members of various research institutions. As many as 70 participants were attended the seminar and we could meet almost all of members with whom we wanted to share the outcome of our project.

写真1 セミナー会場の様子 / Photo1 The venue of the seminar: Harbour View Hotel, Kuching
 Our leader, Prof. Ishikawa took special occasion with local media along with Mr. Ali Yusop, the director of SFC, and Mr. Abdul Rashid the former president of UNIMAS. The local newspapers picked up this event and covered the articles as below :
写真2 メディア・ブレイクの様子 / Photo2 The organizer arranged an opportunity for media coverage
Borneo Post (英語)
New Sarawak Tribune (英語)
Utusan Sarawak (マレー語)
国際時報 (華語)

 Many of the participants stayed all day long for the sessions.
 We were grateful for valuable advice, given by the participants during the course of “Talking Points”, for the further research of this project.
写真3 セミナーで発表するJason Hon氏 / Photo3 Our project member Jason Hon made his presentation at the seminar
 The main objective of this seminar was to show our commitment to our research areas. We believe that it is tremendously important to share our findings and information with local researchers. We feel that our project will be incomplete if it stays one-way.
 We will continue communicate with the people of Sarawak, through various channels to propel our research project effectvely.
写真4 セミナー終了後の記念写真 / Photo4 A snapshot after the success of the seminar

 We express our gratitude to all participants and the members of this project with your cooperation for the success of the seminar.

Here is the program of the seminar:

June 29, 2012 An International Seminar:
“Human-Nature Interactions of the Riverine Societies in Sarawak: A Transdisciplinary Approach”
(Co-sponsored by Sarawak Forestry Corporation and Institute of East Asian Studies, UNIMAS)

Welcom Adress:
Noboru Ishikawa (Centre for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University)
“An Introduction to project Human-Nature Interaction of the Riverrine Societies in Sarawak: A Transdisciplinary Approach”

Official Adress:
Yang Berbahagia Tuan Haji Ali Yusp (Director of Forest, Manageing Director/Chief Excutive Officer, Sarawak Forestry)

Session I

Chair: Professor Datuk Dr Abdul Rashid Abdullah (UNIMAS), Jayl Langub (UNIMAS)

Ryoji Soda (Osaka City University) ,
Yumi Kato (Research Institute for Humanity & Nature)
“Potentiality of oil palm small holdings in rural communities in Sarawak, Malaysia”

Yucho Sadamichi (National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science & Technology),
Fumikazu Ubukata (Okayama University)
“Material and financial metabolism in oil palm production: a company’s case in Sarawak, Malaysia”

Naoko Tokuchi (Field Science Education & Research Center, Kyoto University),
Keitaro Fukushima (Field Science Education & Research Center, Kyoto University),
Hiromitsu Samejima (Centre for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University),
Osamu Kozan (Centre for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University)
“Influence of Land-use on Stream Water Chemistry in Bintulu Division, Sarawak, Malaysia: Preliminary Results of Snap-shot Sampling”

Daniel Chew (Institute of East Asian Studies, UNIMAS),
Tetsu Ichikawa (Rikkyo University)
“The Birds’ Nests Commodity Chain between Sarawak and East Asia”

Session II

Chair: Ms Oswald Braken Tisen (Sarawak Forestry)

Jason Hon (Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Kyoto University)
“Wildlife and salt licks inside a production forest environment”

Hiromitsu Samejima (Centre for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University)
“Inventory of wildlife for sustainable forest management”

Joanes Ungang (Conservation Dept, Grand Perfect Sdn Bhd),
Joseph Jawa (Sarawak Planted Forest Sdn Bhd)
“Biodiversity conservation research projects in Sarawak Planted Forest (Pulp and Paper) Project, Bintulu, Sarawak”

Malcom Demies (Sarawak Forestry Corporation),
Rantai Jawa (Sarawak Forestry Corporation, Sarawak),
Hiromitsu Samejima (Centre for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University)
“Tree diversity in Anap Muput Forest Management Unit, Bintulu, Sarawak, Malaysia”

General Discussion

Venue:Kuching(Sarawak) Harbour View Hotel

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