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May 16, 2019

Twelve SATREPS Projects Selected

SATREPS (Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development)
is a science and technology diplomacy initiative that promotes international joint research between Japan and developing countries using advanced Japanese science and technology. The SATREPS program is a collaboration between JICA, the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED).

SATREPS aims to acquire new knowledge useful in addressing global issues in such areas as the environment and energy, bioresources, disaster preparedness and mitigation, and infectious disease control. Such knowledge can be utilized for the benefit of society, including for the capacity-building of researchers and research institutes in developing countries based on local needs.

Collaboration between JICA and JST is focused on three research areas—environment and energy, bioresources, and disaster preparedness and mitigation—and collaboration between JICA and AMED is focused on the research area of infectious disease control.

The following projects have been provisionally selected*1 for FY 2019. Projects are listed below in the alphabetical order, first by area of research and then by title. Each counterparty country is indicated in brackets, and each principal investigator in Japan is indicated in parentheses along with university affiliation.

*1 Provisional selection:
Before starting a project, an international agreement needs to be signed between MOFA and the government of the developing country regarding implementation of the project, followed by an agreement on the details of technical cooperation between JICA and the research counterpart(s) in the developing country. However, the situation in the developing country or the result of discussion of details with the research counterpart(s) may result in the research plan for the provisionally selected project being modified or the project itself being terminated. For this reason, the selection of these projects at this stage is "provisional selection".

1.Environment and Energy :"Research contributing to the solution to global-scale environmental issues"

"The Project for Formation of a Center of Excellence for Marine Plastic Pollution Studies in the Southeast Asian Seas"
[Kingdom of Thailand]
(Professor ISOBE Atsuhiko; Center for Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, Research Institute for Applied Mechanics, Kyusyu University)

"The Project for Development of Management Systems for Cultural Utilization of Biodiversity in the Tropical Rainforests at the National Parks in Sarawak"
(Professor ITIOKA Takao; Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies, Kyoto University)

"The Project for a Sustainable Community Development Model Harmonized with Valuable Nature in Lake Malawi National Park, the World Natural Heritage Site"
[Republic of Malawi]
(Professor SATO Tetsu; Faculty of Collaborative Regional Innovation, Ehime University)

2.Environment and Energy :"Research contributing to advanced energy systems for low carbon society"

"The Project for Implementation of Low-Emission Affordable Apartments in the Hot-Humid Climate of Indonesia towards Paris Agreement 2030"
[Republic of Indonesia]
(Associate Professor KUBOTA Tetsu; Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation, Hiroshima University)

"The Project for Comprehensive Solutions for Optimum Development of Geothermal Systems in East African Rift Valley"
[Republic of Kenya]
(Professor FUJIMITSU Yasuhiro; Faculty of Engineering, Kyushu University)

3.Bioresources:"Research contributing to sustainable production and utilization of bioresources"

"The Project for Rational Use of Wild Pasture Forage Plants Based on Traditional Knowledge of Nomadic Mongolians"
(Professor ASAMI Tadao; Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo)

"The Project for Strengthening of Resilience in Arid Agro-Ecosystems Vulnerable to Climate Change, Through Research on Plant Resources and Technological Applications"
[Plurinational State of Bolivia]
(Senior Researcher FUJITA Yasunari; Biological Resources and Post-harvest Division, Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS))

"The Project for Acceleration of Livestock Revolution in ASEAN for a Kitchen of the World: Development of Novel Technologies Yielding Stable Livestock Production and Food Safety"
[Kingdom of Thailand]
(Director & Professor MISAWA Naoaki; Center for Animal Disease Control, University of Miyazaki)

4.Disaster Prevention and Mitigation:"Research on disaster prevention and mitigation towards social sustainability"

"The Project for Development of a Hybrid Water-Related Disaster Risk Assessment Technology for Sustainable Local Economic Development Policy"
[Republic of the Philippines]
(Senior Researcher OHARA Miho; International Centre for Water Hazard and Risk Management (ICHARM), Public Works Research Institute (PWRI))

"The Project for Development of Early Warning Technology of Rain-Induced Rapid and Long-Travelling Landslides"
[Sri Lanka]
(Principal Researcher KONAGAI Kazuo; Principal Researcher, Research Division, International Consortium on Landslides)

5.Infectious Diseases Control :"Research on measures to address infectious diseases control attuned to the needs of developing countries"

"Interdisciplinary research for an integrated community-directed strategy to
eliminate malaria in tropical Africa"
[Republic of Kenya]
(Professor KANEKO Akira; Department of Parasitology, Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka City University)

"Control of tuberculosis and glanders in Mongolia"
(Professor KIMURA Takashi; Laboratory of Comparative Pathology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Hokkaido University)


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