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What is ELIAS?

Working to realize the goal of the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014), the Strategy for an Environmental Nation in the 21st Century (approved by the Japanese Cabinet in June 2007) addresses the need for environmental leadership training that will provide the foundation for building a sustainable society and outlines a plan for implementing environmental leadership initiatives in Asia.

Guided by the Vision for Environmental Leadership Initiatives for Asian Sustainability in Higher Education (Environmental Leadership Vision), the Ministry of the Environment works with relevant government ministries and agencies to implement Environmental Leadership Initiatives for Asian Sustainability (ELIAS), which includes (1) developing model programs at higher education institutions, (2) establishing a government-industry-academia consortium, and (3) building a network of Asian universities.


Information on Model Higher Education Programs

You can view the implementation reports of the 11 Universities that were selected for "Projects to Develop Higher Education Environment Leadership Training Programs."

2008 Projects to Develop Higher Education Environmental Leadership Training Programs

2009 Projects to Develop Higher Education Environmental Leadership Training Programs

What is Environmental Leadership Vision?

The Ministry of the Environment created the Vision for Environmental Leadership Initiatives for Asian Sustainability in Higher Education (Environmental Leadership Vision) in March 2008.

The Vision shows ideas for developing academic programs to train future environmental leaders who will build greener socioeconomic systems in every area of the society.

Vision for Environmental Leadership Initiatives for Asian sustainability

Vision Download [PDF 938kB]

Environmental Policy Bureau, Ministry of the Environment Office of Environmental Education: 81-3-5521-8231