Rural landscape conservation in Japan: Lessons from the satoyama conservation program in Kanagawa Prefecture

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    Abstract

    Japanese call rural landscapes 'satoyama.' 'Sato' means village and 'yama' means hill or forest. Satoyama in the past produced much of the food, wood for fuel, timber, and water for communities. However many satoyama have rapidly deteriorated due to industrialization and urbanization. It was in the 1990s that people in general and scientists began to recognize the multiple benefits of satoyama landscapes in Japan. This led to the proliferation of satoyama conservation groups across Japan at the turn of the century. However, it is difficult for local action groups to rehabilitate devastated farmlands and forests through their own efforts alone. It requires policy measures to encourage citizen engagement in satoyama conservation programs. In this paper the author addresses governance issues in rural landscape conservation, referring to the case of the satoyama conservation program in the Kanagawa region.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSustainable Living with Environmental Risks
    PublisherSpringer Japan
    Pages253-263
    Number of pages11
    Volume9784431548041
    ISBN (Print)9784431548041, 4431548033, 9784431548034
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 2015 Feb 1

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    rural landscape
    industrialization
    timber
    urbanization
    village
    agricultural land
    food
    water

    Keywords

    • Citizen engagement
    • Local government
    • Rural landscape
    • Satoyama

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)
    • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
    • Environmental Science(all)

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    Koike, O. (2015). Rural landscape conservation in Japan: Lessons from the satoyama conservation program in Kanagawa Prefecture. In Sustainable Living with Environmental Risks. (Vol. 9784431548041, pp. 253-263). Springer Japan. DOI: 10.1007/978-4-431-54804-1_20

    Rural landscape conservation in Japan : Lessons from the satoyama conservation program in Kanagawa Prefecture. / Koike, Osamu.

    Sustainable Living with Environmental Risks. Vol. 9784431548041 Springer Japan, 2015. p. 253-263.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Koike, O 2015, Rural landscape conservation in Japan: Lessons from the satoyama conservation program in Kanagawa Prefecture. in Sustainable Living with Environmental Risks. vol. 9784431548041, Springer Japan, pp. 253-263. DOI: 10.1007/978-4-431-54804-1_20
    Koike O. Rural landscape conservation in Japan: Lessons from the satoyama conservation program in Kanagawa Prefecture. In Sustainable Living with Environmental Risks. Vol. 9784431548041. Springer Japan. 2015. p. 253-263. Available from, DOI: 10.1007/978-4-431-54804-1_20

    Koike, Osamu / Rural landscape conservation in Japan : Lessons from the satoyama conservation program in Kanagawa Prefecture.

    Sustainable Living with Environmental Risks. Vol. 9784431548041 Springer Japan, 2015. p. 253-263.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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