This project analyzes the local governance of ecosystem services, focusing on satoyama landscapes (Japanese landscape models which emphasize interdependence between humans and nature) in the Noto peninsula, Japan. Although the need to incorporate local and traditional knowledge of the satoyama landscapes into scientific knowledge is recognized, the development of methods to do so has been insufficient. This project aims to address these challenges. The project was initiated in April 2013, in collaboration with Kyoto University and Kanazawa University and with funding from the Ministry of the Environment of Japan.
This project aims to achieve the following:
As well as improving local governance of satoyama landscapes in Noto peninsula, the project is expected to contribute towards a localized and integrated assessment model for IPBES, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and the Satoyama Initiative.
The project is structured as follows:
Subtheme 1: Development of an integrated ecosystem services inventory (Kyoto University)
Subtheme 2: Ecosystem services synergies and trade-off analysis (UNU-IAS)
Subtheme 3: A proposal for local governance and knowledge generation towards a sustainable society (Kanazawa University)