LSNES was established on March 31, 2010 to order to provide a nationwide network where both stakeholders working on various local environmental problems and scientists can learn from while also educating each other.
The purpose of LSNES is to provide a venue for scientists and specialists involved in research activities that could directly lead to the solving of environmental problems and for local stakeholders to utilize that knowledge in solving problems and to get together to exchange information and collaborative works, and thereby revitalizing local activities.
The solution to local environmental problems necessitates scientists/specialists and local stakeholders working together in close collaborations. LSNES fosters and supports scientists who can be useful partners to the local stakeholders that are responsible for solving problems, and ensures the maturation of science which can provide “useful knowledge” to local communities. In addition, the sharing of information on activities in various communities enables local stakeholders to gain insight into ideas that could improve their own work. LSNES therefore provides the opportunity for both scientists and specialists to exchange information in their field of interest.
LSNES formulates “Guidelines on Collaborations”, which the local stakeholders and scientists/specialists then use to motivate and evaluate each other and work together in collaborations”. In addition, and in order to foster scientists/specialists who will then be capable of supporting local stakeholders working on solving environmental problems, a “Participatory Research Evaluation” system has been organized for use in evaluating the activities and research of scientists from the perspectives of both local communities and science itself. LSNES aims to make a scientific and social base available for use in local activities that aim at sustainable societies via utilization of the aforementioned systems.
We welcome the participation of both researchers and anyone involved in the creation of sustainable societies via the conservation and revitalization of local environments.