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:
Develop an ecosystem services inventory for Noto peninsula. This will take into account the stock and flow of each identified ecosystem service, the interrelations of the ecosystem services and the spatial distribution of their producers and beneficiaries.
Assess synergies and trade-offs of the ecosystem services. This will include trade-offs and synergies among different ecosystem services, as well as those across different spatial scales.
Propose new methods of local governance and knowledge generation in order to move towards a sustainable society. The role of local and traditional knowledge will be examined, together with possibilities for integrating them into modern and scientific knowledge, and gaps in the spatial distribution of suppliers and beneficiaries (consumers) will be identified.
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)