Satoyama-Satoumi Ecosystems and Human Well-Being

Socio-Ecological Production Landscapes of Japan

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This publication analyses changes which have occured in satoyama-satoumi ecosystems 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 socio-behavioural responses. This provides a new approach to landuse planning that addresses not only economic development but also cultural values and ecological integrity. This book is a key reference text for development planners, postgraduate students, policymakers, scientists and others interested in the environment and development.



What are the futures of Satoyama and Satoumi?

How will conditions surrounding Japanese satoyama and satoumi change in the future? How would reversing current levels of dependency on foreign sources (i.e. import of food, water, timber, etc.) affect Japanese resources, including its ecosystems? How would the use and management of satoyama and satoumi, as well as their ecosystem services change? The Japan Satoyama Satoumi Assessment (JSSA) utilizes scenario analysis to deal with such questions. It should be noted that although there is considerable variation in satoyama and satoumi (since socio-economic and geographical conditions surrounding them varies greatly across the country), in this chapter, we pay special attention to the overall trend of how the future of satoyama and satoumi may unfold.


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