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Dateline Nagoya: A Japan-based Journalist's Guide to COP10 (Reposting)

Greetings to one and all. The purpose of this occassional blog is to provide information to those of you who plan to be at COP10 on a variety of logistical details related to Nagoya and Japan and, where possible, analysis of what role the Japanese government and Japanese NGOs are likely to play as hosts.

Future blogs will include things like (1) cost estimates for getting to Nagoya, and around; (2) what local NGO groups are doing; (3) how to cover the world's most expensive country as cheaply as possible; (4) contacts in Japan that might be available for hire at a reasonable price (fixers, interpreters); (4) updates on what the Japanese government and NGOs are doing in relation to COP10.

Eric Johnston


General Points:

1) CBD Shimin Networka href="''>">>; is the Nagoya-based Japanese NGO umbrella group that will be coordinating all domestic and international NGO activities during COP10. CBD Shimin Network is made up of 30 separate NGOs involved in a variety of biodiversity preservation issues.

2) Japan is going to heavily promote a traditional form of ecosystem preservation known as ``satoyama'' at COP10. However, what kind of leadership Japan will provide on other biodiversity issues is uncertain at best. Japan will have a new Prime Minister and Cabinet by the time of the COP10 conference, and, with a major election next month, there will be little time for Japanese leaders to engage in high-level discussions on biodiversity (or anything else not related to domestic politics) before then.

3) At the 2008 COP9 conference in Bonn, there were 244 NGO activities that took place over a two-week period. These ranged from protests against genetically modified foods to concerts, to special programs for children, to sponsored trips to local forests, rivers, and fields to study ecosystems, to classes on preparing organic food, to concerts by local bands. CBD Shimin Network plans to do many of the same kinds of activities at COP10.

4) During COP10, one of the most well-known Indigenous Peoples’ NGOs, the Thirteen Grandmothers, will be meeting in Nagoya. Consisting of 13 women from Native American tribes and Indigenous peoples groups in Brazil, Tibet, Nepal, and Africa, the grandmothers enjoy a high media profile in the U.S. and Europe, and advise UN officials on biodiversity protection issues affecting indigenous peoples.



DEADLINE FOR MEDIA REGISTRATION: Uncertain, but media registration for COP10 can be done online now.

DEADLINE FOR RESERVING HOTELS IN NAGOYA: No deadlines, but groups of 10 or more are being asked to reserve by June 1st, at which time hotels being held for individual reservations will begin registration.

NOTE: Nagoya has a fair number of hotels, but not as many as Tokyo. Best to reserve asap.


(To register, go to )

COST OF TENT BOOTH SPACE (standard size of booth is 3.6 meters X 2.7 meters X 2 meters high)

For Entire Period (Oct. 11-29), or for only COP10 (Oct. 17-29): 240,000 yen

For Oct. 11-17 MOP5 (during period when access to genetic resources will be discussed): 160,000 yen

For Oct. 22-29 (final week, when Ministers are in town): 160,000 yen.

NOTE: The above prices are for businesses. Prices for NGOs, academic and government organizations:

For Entire Period (Oct. 11-29), or for only COP10 (Oct. 17-29): 120,000 yen

For Oct. 11-17 MOP5 (during period when access to genetic resources will be discussed): 80,000 yen

For Oct. 22-29 final week, when ministers are in town: 80,000 yen

For more information, go to

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Comment by Mike Shanahan on August 31, 2010 at 19:30
Hi Eric
Thanks for this information. I will be in Nagoya for the last 6-7 days of the COP. There's a new group here for being going to the conference.

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