Akihiro Oba, Institute Assistant Professor, Research and Development Initiative, received the Education 2.0-Outstanding Leadership Award, an international award.

 Akihiro Oba, Institute Assistant Professor at Research and Development Initiative, received the Education 2.0-Outstanding Leadership Award at an award ceremony held in Dubai, UAE, on December 17, 2022. The award is an international prize presented to individuals, organizations, and companies that contribute to society by demonstrating outstanding leadership in a wide range of educational activities, including the education industry, academic research, and social activities related to global issues such as environment, poverty, health, human rights, peace, and gender.

 In particular, Dr.Oba, Institute Assistant Professor, has worked with local communities, research institutions, and government agencies in Mongolia and Inner Mongolia, China, to construct a system that enables nomads and farmers, who suffer from severe damage to their livestock and other agricultural and pastoral industries due to extreme weather by climate change and desertification, to adapt to climate change, using a demand-driven approach. As a result, the project was highly evaluated for its achievements in coworking nomads and farmers adapting to extreme weather and desertification, and for its research activities, including capacity building.

 The research unit on Climate Change, Research and Development Initiative, to which Institute Assistant Professor Oba belongs, is currently working with Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and other Central Asian countries to develop a method for estimating national greenhouse gas emissions using GOSAT satellite data that can be verified in the Biennial Transparency Reports (BTR) submitting by each country to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The project is ongoing research and development. Therefore, deep collaboration with each country's research institutes and government agencies is essential. This award serves as the basis for future approaches to collaboration with research and government institutions and communities in each country, which encourages further development and promotion of the Unit's research activities.

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