Satoyama landscape as social–ecological system: historical changes and future perspective

Takeuchi, Kazuhiko, Ichikawa, Kaoru and Elmqvist, Thomas, (2016). Satoyama landscape as social–ecological system: historical changes and future perspective. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 19 30-39

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    Author Takeuchi, Kazuhiko
    Ichikawa, Kaoru
    Elmqvist, Thomas
    Title Satoyama landscape as social–ecological system: historical changes and future perspective
    Appearing in Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability   Check publisher's open access policy
    Volume 19
    Publication Date 2016-04
    Place of Publication Amsterdam
    Publisher Elsevier
    Start page 30
    End page 39
    Language eng
    Abstract Many production landscapes around the world have been sustained through appropriate use and management of natural resources, but many are now facing overuse or underuse. This paper explores future perspectives on the satoyama landscape (traditional Japanese rural landscape) as a social–ecological system through an overview of its transformation. Two phases in the human–nature relationship are observed: before the fossil fuel revolution of the late 1950s, people maintained a direct relationship with nature, and the landscape was integrally managed through community cooperation to avoid overuse; then, after the late 1950s, inflow of goods and services from outside and outflow of the population resulted in underuse of natural resources, and the human–nature relationship became weakened and more indirect. Rebuilding the human–nature relationship in the present day calls for efforts that go beyond the local level toward cross-scale, connected and coupled social–ecological systems.
    Keyword Satoyama
    Socio-ecological systems
    Copyright Holder Elsevier B.V.
    Copyright Year 2016
    Copyright type All rights reserved
    ISSN 1877-3435
    DOI 10.1016/j.cosust.2015.11.001
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