International Distribution of Educational Curriculum for Genetic Resources

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Background and Objectives

Background

With life science research rapidly progressing, human resources familiar with the scientific handling techniques essential for systematic maintenance and management of model animals and plants as well as the handling of compliance with the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) are increasingly wanted. Furthermore, researchers and curators who can deal with the application of environmental issues and the management and utilization of wild animals and plants from an international perspective are strongly wanted in and outside Japan. The fostering of such human resources is an urgent issue.

In addition, in Japan, the Third National Biodiversity Strategy has been approved by the cabinet, and includes international undertakings. In particular, it mentions the formulation of a vision to foster human resources specializing in environmental issues, the promotion of the fostering of such human resources at higher education levels, the demonstration of international leadership in the field of biodiversity, etc., in Asian countries. Additionally, the secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity points out the importance of education and enlightenment activities (CEAP) and indicates that it is very important that Japan demonstrate leadership in this area, particularly toward other Asian nations. For this reason, it is necessary for us, in Asia, to train young teachers, support students and teachers pursuing studies overseas and promote education programs that train curators who can play leadership roles in international communities.

Objectives and Aims

This project, with the objective of fostering internationally minded curators specializing in biogenetic resources, aims to provide education opportunities and improve systems that will accomplish this. In partnership with education and research institutes overseas, internationally minded human resources familiar with the scientific handling and the handling in compliance with the Convention on Biological Diversity and other relevant laws of biogenetic resources in the field of environment will be fostered.
 In addition, training will be provided to young teachers at universities and other education institutes in Asia to improve the international biogenetic resource education system. By doing this, high-quality education can be provided, and internationally recognized curators specializing in biogenetic resources can be fostered in and outside the country. Furthermore, through the establishment of overseas centers during the promotion of this project, we aim to help the Japan's biogenetic resources field demonstrate international leadership, that includes the preservation of genetic resources and the supporting of human resource development at overseas partner graduate schools.

Expected Effects

This project is expected to enable the fostering of internationally active biogenetic resource curators and demonstrate leadership not only in Japan, but also in other Asian countries.

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