Kazuhiko Takeuchi

Senior Vice-Rector, United Nations University; Assistant Secretary-General, United Nations Japan

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  • Kazuhiko Takeuchi
    INSTITUTE:
    United Nations University
    OFFICE:
    UNU Center, 53-70, Jingumae 5-chome, Shibuya-ku 150-8925, Tokyo
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    PHONE:
    +81 (0)3-5467-1212
    NATIONALITY:
    Japan

    Education

    Graduate School of Agriculture, The University of Tokyo, Master 1976, Agrobiology
    Graduate School of Agriculture, The University of Tokyo, PhD 1980, Agrobiology

    Appointments

    Lecturer, Faculty of Science, Tokyo Metropolitan University, 1977–1985;
    Associate Professor, Faculty of Agriculture, The University of Tokyo, 1985–1995;
    Professor, Asian Natural Environmental Science Center, The University of Tokyo, 1995–1997;
    Professor, Department of Ecosystem Studies, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo, 1997–present;
    Director, Asian Natural Environmental Science Center, The University of Tokyo, 2004–2005;
    Special Adviser to the President, 2005–2008;
    Deputy Executive Director, Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S), the University of Tokyo, 2005–present;
    Vice President for International Relations, Executive Representative for the University of Tokyo Beijing Office, 2007–2008;
    Vice-Rector, United Nations University, 2008–present;
    Director, United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP), 2009–2013;
    Visiting Professor, United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies, 2009–present;
    Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations, 2013–present

    Biographical Statement

    Educated and trained as a geographer and landscape ecologist at the University of Tokyo, his research focuses on creating eco-friendly environments for a harmonious coexistence of man and nature, both on local and global scales. He is keenly interested in the restoration of ecosystem and effective utilization of environmental resources in Japan. Revitalization of traditional rural landscapes locally called Satoyama is one of his major concerns.

    He also conducts extensive field research on combating land degradation and desertification in Australia, Zambia, China and Mongolia, on sustainable bioresources management system in Thailand and Indonesia, and landscape planning in the Asian mega-cities in Thailand and the Philippines. He has also initiated the research project on reconstruction of historic gardens and historic landscape planning in Italy. His most recent research interest lies in the integration of future scenarios for the three societies which constitute a solid base for global sustainability: low carbon society; resource-circulating society; and the society coexisting harmoniously with nature.

  • Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

    • Sasaki,T., Okuro,T., Kakinuma,K., Okayasu,T., Undarmaa,J., and Takeuchi,K. : Vegetation in a post-ecological threshold state may not recover after short-term livestock exclusion in Mongolian rangelands. Arid Land Research and Management (accepted 2012)
    • Han,J. , Fontanos,P., Fukushi,K., Herath,S., Heeren,N., Naso,V., Cecchi,C., Edwards,P.,
      Takeuchi,K. : Innovation for sustainability: toward a sustainable urban future in industrialized cities. Sustainability science 7, 91-100 (2012)
    • Sasaki,T. , Okuro,T. , Undarmaa,J. and Takeuchi,K. : Changes in the herbage nutritive value and yield associated with threshold responses of vegetation to grazing in Mongolian rangelands. Grass and Forage Science ,2012 (on line)
    • Okubo,S., Tomatsu,A., Parikesit, Muhamad,D., Harashina,K., Takeuchi,K. : Leaf functional traits and functional diversity of multistoried agroforests in West Java,Indonesia. Agriculture,Ecosystems and Environment 149,91-99(2012)
    • Okayasu T, Okuro T, Undarmaa J, Takeuchi K. Inherent density-dependency of wet-season range even at the extreme of nonequilibrium environments. Journal of Arid Environments, 78,144-153 (2012)
    • Jiao, Y., Li, X., Liang, L., Takeuchi, K., Okuro, T., Zhang, D. and Sun, L.: Indigenous ecological knowledge and natural resource management in the cultural landscape of China’s Hani Terraces. Ecological Research, 27,247-263 (2012)
    • Okubo, S., Tomatsu, A., Parikesit, Muhamad, D., Harashina, K. and Takeuchi, K. : Leaf functional traits and functional diversity of multistoried agroforests in West Java, Indonesia. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 149: 91-99, 2012.
    • Koyanagi, T., Kusumoto, Y., Yamamoto, S., Okubo, S., Iwasaki, N. and Takeuchi, K.: Grassland plant functional groups exhibit distinct time-lags in response to historical landscape change. Plant Ecology, 213,327-338 (2012)
    • Okayasu, T., Okuro T., Undarmaa, J. and Takeuchi, K.: Degraded rangeland dominated by unpalatable forbs exhibits large-scale spatial heterogeneity. Plant Ecology, 2011 (on line).
    • Okayasu, T., Okuro, T., Undarmaa, J. and Takeuchi, K.: Threshold distinctions between equilibrium and non-equilibrium pastoral systems along a continuous climatic gradient. Rangeland Ecology & Management, 64: 10-17 (2011)
    • Yoshikawa, M., Motoki, Y., Hibino, G., Takeuchi, K., Hanaki, K., Arai, S., Masui, T. and Inoue, T.: Global-scale quantitative assessment for biodiversity on forest land use: applying the Global NoNet Loss approach. Sustainability Science, 6: 169-175, 2011.
    • Zhou, D., Tsuchiya, K., Hara, Y., Matsuda, H., Okayasu, T. and Takeuchi, K.: Agricultural land dynamics in peri-urban areas: a case study of Xiqing district, Tianjin, China. Journal of Environmental Information Science, 39(5): 61-70, 2011.
    • Miyasaka, T., Okuro, T., Zhao, H., Zhao, X., Zuo, X. and Takeuchi. K: Impacts of the local land-use system in a semi-arid region of northeastern China on soil prosperities, crop growth, and weed communities. Journal of Arid Environments, 75:1155-1163, 2011. 
    • Okubo, S., Parikesit, Muhamad, D., Harashina, K., Takeuchi, K. and Umezaki, M.: Land use/cover classification of a complex agricultural landscape using single-dated very high spatial resolution satellite-sensed imagery. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, 36(6): 722-736, 2010.
    • Sasaki, T., Okubo, S., Okayasu, T., Jamsran, U., Okuro, T. and Takeuchi, K.: Indicator species and functional groups as predictors of proximity to ecological thresholds in Mongolian rangelands. Plant Ecology, 212: 327-342, 2010.
    • Yoshihara, Y., Sasaki, T., Okuro, T., Jamsran, U. and Takeuchi, K.: Cross-spatial-scale patterns in the facilitative effect of shrubs. Ecological Engineering, 36: 1719-1724, 2010.
    • Okubo, S., Parikesit, Harashina, K., Muhamad, D., Abdoellah, O. S., and Takeuchi, K.: Traditional perennial crop-based agroforestry in West Java: The tradeoff between on-farm biodiversity and income. Agroforestry Systems, 80(1): 17-31, 2010.
    • Takeuchi, K.: Rebuilding the relationship between people and nature: The Satoyama Initiative. Ecological Research, 25: 891-897, 2010.
    • Takeuchi, K. and Herath, S.: Sustainability: Engaging in global change thorough harmonious adaptation in Asia. Nova Acta Leopoldina, NF112, Nr. 384: 213-226, 2010.
    • Okayasu, T., Okuro, T., Jamsran, U. and Takeuchi, K.: An intrinsic mechanism for the co-existence of different survival strategies within mobile pastoralist communities. Agricultural Systems, 103: 180-186, 2010.
    • Okayasu, T., Okuro, T., Jamsran, U. and Takeuchi. K.: Impact of the spatial and temporal arrangement of pastoral use on land degradation around animal concentration point. Land Degradation & Development, 21: 1-16, 2010.
    • Yoshihara, Y., Okuro, T., Buuveibaatar, B., Undarmaa, J. and Takeuchi, K.: Complementary effects of disturbance by livestock and marmots on the spatial heterogeneity of vegetation and soil in a Mongolian steppe ecosystem. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 135:155-159, 2010.
    • Yoshihara,Y., Okuro, T., Buuveibaatar, B., Undarmaa, J. and Takeuchi, K. : Pollinators are attracted to mounds created by burrowing animals (marmots) in a Mongolian grassland. Journal of Arid Environments, 74: 159-163, 2010.
    • Yoshihara,Y., Okuro,T., Buuveibaatar, B., Undarmaa, J. and Takeuchi, K. : Spatial pattern of grazing affects influence of herbivores on spatial heterogeneity of plants and soils. Oecologia, 162: 427-434, 2010.
    • Yoshihara, Y., Okuro, T., Buuveibaatar, B., Undarmaa, J. and Takeuchi, K.: Clustered animal burrows yield higher spatial heterogeneity. Plant Ecology, 206: 211-244, 2010.
    • Yoshihara, Y., Okuro, T., Buuveibaatar, B., Undarmaa, J. and Takeuchi, K. : Responses of vegetation to soil disturbance by Sibelian marmots within a landscape and between landscape positions in Hustai National Park, Mongolia. Grassland Science, 56: 42-50, 2010.
    • Okayasu T., Okuro, T., Undarmaa, J. and Takeuchi, K.: Desertification emerges through cross-scale interaction. Global Environmental Research, 14: 71-77, 2010.

    Other Publications (Conference Proceedings, etc)

    • Satoyama-Traditional Rural Landscape of Japan (co-edited, Springer, 2003)
    • Rebuilding the relationship between people and nature: The Satoyama Initiative. (Ecological Research, 25, 891-897, 2010)
    • Sustainability Science (co-edited, United Nations University, in press)