Satoyama–Satoumi Ecosystems and Human Well-Being: Assessing Trends to Rethink a Sustainable Future

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  • INSTITUTE:
    UNU-IAS
    PUBLISHER:
    United Nations University Press
    VOLUME:
    Policy Brief No. 7, 2010
    TITLE:
    Satoyama–Satoumi Ecosystems and Human Well-Being: Assessing Trends to Rethink a Sustainable Future
    AUTHORS:
    by Anantha Kumar Duraiappah, Koji Nakamura, Kazuhiko Takeuchi and Maiko Nishi
    PUB DATE:
    2010•07•26
    ISSN WEB:
    1814-8026
    ISBN 10:
    978-92-808-3089-7
    COPYRIGHT:
    Licensed under the Creative Commons Deed “Attribution-NonCommercialNoDerivs 2.5”

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    The Japan Satoyama Satoumi Assessment (JSSA) is a study of the interaction between humans and terrestrial–aquatic ecosystems (satoyama) and marine–coastal ecosystems (satoumi) in Japan. The study examines and analyses changes which have occurred in these ecosystems over the last 50 years and identifies plausible alternative futures of those landscapes in the year 2050 taking into account various drivers such as governmental and economic policy, climate change, technology, and socio-behavioural responses. This brief suggests that the health of satoyama and satoumi ecosystems is interlinked with human well-being and biological diversity. Recommendations for policymakers based on the study’s findings are also presented here.