Satoyama-Satoumi Ecosystems and Human Well-Being:

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  • Copyright: 2012-03-15
  • Publisher: United Nations Univ

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Satoyamais a Japanese term describing mosaic landscapes of different ecosystems --secondary forests, farm lands, irrigation ponds and grasslands --along with human settlements managed to produce bundles of ecosystem services for human wellbeing.The concept of satoyama, longstanding traditions associated with land management practices that allow sustainable use of natural resources, has been extended to cover marine and coastal ecosystems ( satoumi). These landscapes and seascapes have been rapidly changing, and the ecosystem services they provide are under threat from varioussocial, economic, political, and technological factors. Satoyama--Satoumi Ecosystems and Human Well-Beingpresents the findings of the Japan Satoyama Satoumi Assessment (JSSA), a study of the interaction between humans and ecosystems in Japan. It was written by the 200-plus authors, stakeholders, andreviewers from Japan and elsewhere who make up the JSSA team. The study analyzes changes that have occurred in satoyama--satoumiecosystems over the last 50 years and identifies plausible future scenarios for the year 2050, taking into account various drivers such as governmental and economic policy, climate change, technology, and sociobehavioral responses. This provides a new approach to land-use planning that addresses not only economic development but also cultural values and ecologicalintegrity. This book is a key reference text for development planners, policymakers, scientists, postgraduate students, and others interested in the environment and development.

Author Biography

Anantha Kumar Duraiappah is Executive Director of the International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change (IHDP) and JSSA Science Assessment Panel Co-Chair. Koji Nakamura is Professor at Kanazawa University and JSSA Science Assessment Panel Co-Chair. Kazuhiko Takeuchi is Vice-Rector of the United Nations University and JSSA Board Co-Chair. Masataka Watanabe is Professor at Keio University and JSSA Board Co-Chair. Maiko Nishi is Scientific Assessment Coordinator at the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies and JSSA Coordinator.

Table of Contents

Figuresp. ix
Tablesp. xiii
Boxesp. xv
Contributorsp. xvi
Acknowledgementsp. xxv
The Japan Satoyama Satoumi Assessment: Objectives, focus and approachp. 1
Satoyama and satoumi, and ecosystem services: A conceptual frameworkp. 17
What are the key drivers of change and current status of satoyama and satoumi?p. 60
Why is change to satoyama and satoumi a concern?p. 125
What and how effective have the main responses to address changes in satoyama and satoumi been?p. 155
What are the futures of satoyama and satoumi?p. 189
Conclusionp. 244
Hokkaido clusterp. 265
Tohoku clusterp. 282
Hokushinetsu clusterp. 307
Kanto-Chubu cluster: The future of satoyama, satoumi and citiesp. 328
Western Japan clusterp. 354
Western Japan cluster: Seto Inland Sea as satoumip. 381
Classification structure and indicators of satoyama and satoumi ecosystem servicesp. 403
Assessed responses for satoyama and satoumi landscapesp. 406
Maps of Japanese locationsp. 441
Glossaryp. 446
Indexp. 450
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