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.




This chapter takes stock of what has been achieved so far and what has not been accomplished adequately enough, in order to provide stakeholders with useful data and suggest actions for future consideration. The overarching goal of this assessment was to provide scientific credibility and policy-relevant information on the significance of the ecosystem services provided by satoyama and satoumi, as well as their contributions to economic and human development for use by policymakers. Therefore, this chapter draws on previous chapters in order to present the most important assessment findings, analyse whether or not user needs and questions have been addressed, and identify what progress has been made in providing answers to the questions asked in this assessment. To better synthesize these findings, they are organized around key questions and issues which might be of interest to readers.


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