The National Institute of Natural Sciences (NINS) was established with the aim of natural resources management, biodiversity conversation, ecology of both flora, fauna and the community participation for the conservation education and eco-tourism promotion and management. The five institutes established under NINS are Japan’s main centers of academic research in their respective fields. These institutes cooperate actively as a base for interdisciplinary research in natural science with universities, university-affiliated research institutes, and inter-university research institutes to promote the formation of new research communities. NINS established the Research Cooperation and Liaison Committee under the authority of the President, to discuss and plan matters of research cooperation. It has also established the Research Cooperation and Liaison Office, which is in charge of implementing plans made by the Research Cooperation and Liaison Committee. The Research Cooperation and Liaison Office has set "Imaging science" and "Hierarchy and Holism in Natural Science" as themes for cooperation across fields, and is promoting symposiums and other projects under these themes.
Goals of National Institutes of Natural Sciences
• Evaluate responses of fauna and flora to natural and anthropogenic influences.
• Develop tools for assessing status and trends of animals and plant population.
• Use integrated, long-term research to model linkages among ecosystem components.