Designing Our Future: Local Perspectives on Bioproduction, Ecosystems and Humanity

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  • Edited Mitsuru Osaki, Ademola K. Braimoh and Ken'Ichi Nakagami

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    PUBLICATION DATA:
    ISBN-10: 92-808-1183-5,
    ISBN-13: 978-92-808-1183-4
    LANGUAGE:
    English
    PAGES:
    425
    PUBLISHER:
    United Nations University Press
    PUBLISHED:
    April 2011

    This volume focuses primarily on society at the local and regional levels and on a scenario in which human beings coexist harmoniously with nature. This ideal society is examined in terms of the relationship between villages or towns and their natural environment and how these villages and towns can achieve local or regional independence in the face of pressures toward centralization and globalization. This requires both food and energy independence; hence farms, villages and towns must have access to natural renewable energy and material circulation systems. There also needs to be a system to facilitate collaboration among the various elements. To enable communities to retain their autonomy in the long term, public awareness of the importance of fostering local cultures and traditions is vital. Cultural independence demands that local ways of thinking be steered away from the “plunder nature” model toward “coexistence with nature”. With economic globalization spearheading a trend toward standardization and uniformity in human values, this book highlights the importance of developing a society in harmony with nature through the networking of diverse communities to promote and achieve local independence.

    Mitsuru Osaki is Director of the Sustainability Governance Project, Hokkaido University, Japan. Ademola K. Braimoh is Executive Director of the Sapporo Nodal Office of the Global Land Project, Hokkaido University, Japan. Ken’ichi Nakagami is a Professor at the College of Policy Science, Ritsumeikan University, Japan.

    Contents Overview

    • Introduction: Global to regional sustainability
      Contributors include: Mitsuru Osaki and Norihito Tambo Sustainable land management
      Contributors include: Masakazu Komatsuzaki, Hiroyuki Ohta, Ademola K. Braimoh, Anthony R. Chittenden, Yutaka Saito and Makoto Ogawa
    • Sustaining food-, bio- and water-resources
      Contributors include: Fumitaka Shiotsu, Taiichiro Hattori, Shigenori Morita, Takashi S. Kohyama, Akihiko Ito, Noriyuki Kobayashi, Masahide Kaeriyama, Michio J. Kishi, Seiichi Saitoh and Yasunori Sakurai
    • Regional initiative of self-sustaining models
      Contributors include: Ken’ichi Nakagami, Kazuyuki Doi, Yoshito Yuyama, Hidetsugu Morimoto, Nobuyuki Tsuji, Toshiki Sato, Juzo Matsuda, Shiho Ishikawa, Marianne Karpenstein-Machan, Peter Schmuck, Ryoh Nakakubo, Søren Hermansen and B. Mohan Kumar
    • Self-sustaining local and regional societies
      Contributors include: Yoshiki Yamagata, Florian Kraxner, Kentaro Aoki, Noriyuki Tanaka, Kazuhiko Takeuchi, Makoto Inoue and Hiroyuki Matsuda
    • Bridging sustainability and governance
      Contributors include: Nobuo Kurata, Yuka Motoda, Yasuhiko Kudo, Hideaki Shiroyama Hironori Kato and Seiichi Kagaya
    • Sustaining social, cultural and human well-being
      Contributors include: Osamu Saito, Richard Bawden, Tatsuji Sawa, Koji Yamasaki, Kiyoto Kurokawa, Takumi Kondo, Hong Park, Yoshifumi Miyazaki, Bum-Jin Park, Juyoung Lee, Tatsuo Omura, Fumikazu Yoshida and Motoyoshi Ikeda