Yuta Uchiyama

Yuta Uchiyama
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This research analyzed the status of visiting peri-urban forestlands and mountains during the first COVID-19 emergency period in Japan using a large-scale online questionnaire-based survey. We identified and examined the factors that correlated with visits to such areas, including respondents’ social-economic attributes, environmental conditions (s...
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Seagrass meadows provide diverse ecosystem services that directly or indirectly benefit the coastal communities. Despite this, they are among the most threatened coastal ecosystems. Though coastal and marine conservation actions have progressed over the years, seagrasses received less attention compared with other more charismatic ecosystems such a...
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In Indonesia, tourism has become a promising major economic sector, particularly because of its contributions toward developing the economy and creating employment opportunities for local communities with rich coastal ecosystems. However, the balance between the environmental, social, and economic realms has come into question, as unsustainable tou...
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Underuse, instead of overuse, is a potential threat to biodiversity in semi-natural areas, particularly in East Asia. Due to serious depopulation and aging trends in East Asia, including Japan, few people are being involved in managing green areas and conserving biodiversity. Depending on specific events and age groups that contribute to the experi...
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The nature and impacts of living in urban settings are gaining their saliences in developed and developing countries alike, particularly during the crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic. During the crisis, the wellbeing of urban society became intertwined with a so-called “new lifestyle”, which involved quarantine and working in a home environment. Facin...
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Conservation agriculture, also known as environment-friendly agriculture, is expected to contribute to global climate change mitigation and biodiversity conservation. To understand the effect of conservation agriculture on farmers and identify those factors, such as farmers’ income change, that might affect practices of conservation agriculture, pe...
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Aquaculture has been reported as a global major driver for deforestation and land-use related changes in mangroves, which form one of the main components of blue carbon ecosystems. Indonesia, which houses rich and extensive mangrove forests, should consider mangrove conservation as an urgent task; however, the increasing economic pressures from aqu...
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Understanding land-use change is imperative in the management of Indonesian coastal ecosystems with numerous environmental impacts generated from land-use conversion. To assess these impacts in holistic perspective, we use three sources of data, land cover change, policy maps, and interviews, to triangulate the main issues. Combining these sources,...
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Mangrove forests are among the most productive ecosystems with important services such as food and livelihood provisions, recreations, and regulations (e.g., coastal protection) in local scales. At global scale, they are gaining salience for their carbon sequestration capacities, currently conceptualized as “blue carbon.” However, their essential b...
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Destination management organizations (DMOs) are gaining salience among stakeholders as actors that can develop and enable sustainable tourism by coordinating local actors and tourism resources. This study conducted a comparative analysis of DMOs in Japan using data of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) analyses from the offici...
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Conventionally, forests and rice terraces are regarded as separate elements, and their interactions are largely overlooked. Afforestation of rice terraces has been regarded as a "failure" and is almost a taboo among households and policy-makers. We analyze the ecological interactions of afforestation for charcoal making and mushroom (shiitake, Lent...
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The blue carbon ecosystems are gaining salience in the international arena due to their intrinsic role in climate change mitigation. Reviews on management strategies and plans at the local level are largely overlooked, although they are crucial factors in translating commitments to contextualized actions for sustainable management. The primary goal...
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This research analyzed the status of visiting peri-urban forestlands and mountains during the first emergency period in Japan via large-scale online questionnaire survey. We examined in explorative manner corelating factors with visits; i.e. social-economic attributes as well as environmental factors of residents (such as land use patterns of resid...
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This Special Issue re-explores research topics related to the relationships between urban and rural areas during the COVID-19 pandemic period in 2020 and beyond [...]
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This study examines how the registration of certain agricultural regions affects the sales of vegetables classified as traditional. We focused on the sales trends of traditional vegetables from the Noto region, one of the first designated sites of Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS). We compared the sales of recognized traditio...
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Blue carbon ecosystems (BCEs) are linked to tourism industry either as the main destination site or as additional features. Achieving sustainable tourism in coastal areas warrants the inclusion of long-term BCE management and protection, hence, it is important to understand how tourism impacts these resources to better formulate apt strategies tail...
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Urban morphologies have been formed in the process of long-term evolution of socio-ecological urban systems. This chapter focuses on the influence of ecological environment of cities on their urban morphologies. We analyzed correlations between climate, topographies, ecosystem-related indicators, and indicators of urban morphologies, such as perime...
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Nature-based solutions (NbS) address socio-environmental challenges by sustainably managing ecosystems that offer and support the delivery of various services. NbS can integrate locally relevant options for maintaining ecosystems, thus, encourages the participation of local stakeholders. For instance, mangroves referred here as “blue carbon ecosyst...
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Forest environment transfer tax at the national level and the accompanying implementations of forest management schemes were introduced in Japan in 2019. Local governments of both prefectures and municipalities receive the tax revenue and need to disclose how the revenue was used annually. There are existing forest tax schemes in 37 prefectures, an...
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Mangroves, seagrasses, and salt marshes or collectively known as blue carbon ecosystems are gaining salience because of their essential roles in reducing the risks and impacts of climate change through carbon sequestration and other beneficial services. Despite this, they are globally declining because of their vulnerability to natural and anthropo...
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Blue carbon ecosystem (BCE) initiatives in the Coral Triangle Region (CTR) are increasing due to their amplified recognition in mitigating global climate change. Although transdisciplinary approaches in the "blue carbon" discourse and collaborative actions are gaining momentum in the international and national arenas, more work is still needed at t...
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Development of organic agriculture has been sluggish in contemporary Japanese society. To better understand and capture the status of policy implementation in both urban and semirural areas, this study examined ordinance designated cities (ODCs) by reviewing tendencies and their interests in organic agricultural policies. In concrete, this study re...
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This study aims to identify the influence of the socioeconomic attributes and environmental contexts of citizens’ residential areas on the access and use of green areas during the COVID-19 pandemic. The results can aid policymaking and facilitate the safe and unrestricted use of green areas during the pandemic. The access and use of green areas wer...
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Application of biomimetics has expanded progressively to other fields in recent years, including urban and architectural design, scaling up from materials to a larger scale. Besides its contribution to design and functionality through a long evolutionary process, the philosophy of biomimetics contributes to a sustainable society at the conceptual l...
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Berau Regency in East Kalimantan has one of the intact seagrass ecosystems in Indonesia which is increasingly under pressure. Threats to this ecosystem mainly derives from anthropogenic activities such as land conversion and tourism activities, which can lead to ecosystem degradation and carbon emissions. This study explores the indirect and direct...
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We explore Japanese forest landowners' characteristics that affect the awareness of the boundaries of their forest lands. Such information can serve as foundational forest management information that will be used in decision making by future generations. We focus on the owners' awareness of the forest boundaries and examine its relationship with th...
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Diverse demands for contemporary forest management require greater consideration to cultural ecosystem services. Given the circumstances, understanding how forest elements are perceived can provide valuable information for park managers. Perceptions of visitors have been explored in current studies but research linking these elements with values re...
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Coastal communities, knowingly or otherwise, rely on seagrasses for their livelihood, recreation and food source, among other services. However, despite its importance, seagrasses are not receiving similar attentions with its adjacent ecosystems, the mangroves, and coral reefs. Because of their role in climate change mitigation, seagrasses along wi...
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The forest environment transfer tax was been introduced in 2019 and is expected to support and facilitate municipal-level forest policies. The revenue from the tax can be used to promote utilization of timber and wood products and education in cities. Although forestry is not a main industry and forest policies are not active in urban municipalitie...
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The year 2019 marked the first year of introducing the national forest environment transfer tax. The forest environment transfer tax scheme is mainly for the forest management in municipalities. Yet the forest areas in certain urban areas are limited and there is a room for urban-rural collaboration. In concrete terms, urban municipalities can rece...
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Employing social network analysis, this study quantitatively compares interorganizational collaboration networks in Tsuruoka, Noto, and Aso in Japan. These networks apply innovative strategies and techniques to the use of local agricultural resources. The major findings of this study are the following: (1) Tsuruoka’s and Noto’s networks are charact...
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In this study, we clarify the motivation for applying for regional collective trademarks (RCTs) and the effects perceived by the right holders of wood and forest products. We further examine the historical contexts and social circumstances of production regions with RCT registrations. A survey of eight right holders, including forestry associations...
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Socio-ecological production landscapes (SEPLs) face numerous projected and unprecedented pressures amid changing social, economic, and environmental conditions. The use of diverse knowledge systems, including the transmission and sharing of traditional knowledge, to achieve mutually beneficial human-environment relationships, fosters the sustainabl...
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Sustainable Development Goals: Their Impacts on Forests and People - edited by Pia Katila December 2019
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The mangrove ecosystems which provide diverse benefits to local communities are vulnerable to natural and human-induced threats. Existing policies and decision-makers in the Philippines are gearing towards the integration of physical, ecological, and social elements in managing these ecosystems. To date, the linkage between the policies and the dir...
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The salience of mangroves as carbon sinks are being increasingly recognized in terms of “blue carbon.” Their significance at provincial level is critical in the era of decentralization after the reformation period. This study applied a content analysis to 27 Provincial Spatial Plans in Indonesia. The results were categorized into nine clusters. The...
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The year 2018 marked the first registration of wood products, Iwate Charcoal followed by the Joboji Urushi under the framework of Geographical Indications (GIs) in Japan. The two products are from similar geographical settings from Iwate Prefecture while their motives, logic and challenges differ. Comparison under similar condition provides us with...
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The year 2019 marked the first year of introducing the national forest environment transfer tax. The forest environment transfer tax scheme is mainly for the forest management in municipalities but it affects forest policy at the prefectural level, because (1) 37 prefectures having a prefectural forest environment tax need to explain the difference...
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Purpose Biomimetics are expected to contribute to sustainable environmental management; however, there has been no exploration of industry perceptions by using empirical data. This study aims to identify the trends and perceptions of biomimetics. The industrial sectors in Japan and international patent application trends are analyzed. Design/metho...
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For sustainability of a region, a holistic view is necessary to understand its dynamics and the conditions surrounding cities and beyond. Conservation activity indicators can be instrumental in this context, yet they can be simultaneously counterproductive in areas where intra-city sectionalisms exist. With regard to urban biodiversity , Singapore...
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Empirical research on urban shrinkage is being conducted around the globe, since many countries are confronted with the phenomenon of shrinking cities. So far, the research on urban shrinkage has focused strongly on case studies, which is why we can benefit from a diverse and empirically rich knowledge base on the phenomenon and its regional manife...
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A Geographical Indication (GI) is expected to facilitate agri-environmental management in agricultural landscapes. Currently, local products from small-scale farms and national branded products with a relatively large scale of production are being registered using GI schemes. Considering the relationships among GI products, their agricultural lands...
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Purpose of the research: To identify the gaps between the rhetoric and reality of the role of citizen participation and its role in maintenance and monitoring of heritages and resources (including biodiversity monitoring), we analyzed the discourse of Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System (GIAHS) at municipality level. Methods: As an anal...
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Purpose: This study investigated how traditional and ecological knowledge (TEK) has been lost or inherited in transformed manners. Method: We performed a systematic literature review on the following three topics associated with TEK in Japan: beekeeping and honey production, relationships among knowledge systems in shiitake mushroom production, and...
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Investigated local people preference order of green infrastructure in the disaster-affected area in Sendai City, Japan.
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The wealth of evidence on the conservation effects of development and utilization of the ocean, whereas what shapes behavioral change remains unknown, particularly of fishermen. Few previous studies incorporate measuring changes in fishermen's behavior. This study aims to investigate what changed behavior and perception of fishermen toward marine c...
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Background: The internal processes of geographical indications (GIs) by the applicants in rural specific regions primarily remain unexplored, although GIs can facilitate retention of long-term accumulated traditional knowledge in ethnic foods. This article sheds light on (1) analysis of phase-wise internal processes of GI registration and (2) exami...
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In the development of City Biodiversity Index (CBI) database, it was necessary to overcome technical challenges, including the collection of information for biological indicators. To overcome the lack of data, methods to utilize land-use data have been developed. For example, distribution and abundance of species correlate with the degree of land-u...
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Capturing the status, trends, and relationships in biodiversity and urbanization is a multi-dimensional challenge for scientists and policy-makers alike. An indicator, the City Biodiversity Index (CBI), was developed as a self-assessment tool to measure trends in urban contexts in three spheres: biodiversity, ecosystems, and governance. Its primary...
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Purpose: Place based foodstuffs have gained salience in markets worldwide and Geographical Indication (GI) products are prominent examples. In this paper, we focus on the governance (formal and informal institutions) of the European and Japanese GI schemes, discuss the variety of procedures of implementing the features of the governance system (inc...
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Background Ecosystem services of pollinators have been gaining importance, as mentioned in the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) thematic report on pollination in 2016. Apart from wild bees, human interventions including apiculture, can contribute to management of ecosystem services. Ecological...
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Biomimetic is proposed as an existing or potential future technology that motivates conservation of biodiversity and environment in existing literature. However, empirical analysis is absent. To identify the public perception and expectations of biomimetics technology, questionnaire survey of museum visitors was conducted in the National Museum of...
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Background: Traditional vegetables are produced and consumed throughout Japan. Individual vegetables, including Kyo vegetables and Kaga vegetables, are individually defined with their own criteria for history and quality standards and are registered in their respective regions. Several traditional vegetables are utilized as symbols of regional revi...
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Background: To reveal the level of recognition of regional and product certifications related to agriculture, an analysis of the official minutes of assemblies and the perceptions of tourists was conducted. This is one of the first attempts to combine analysis of residents and tourists at the product level (Geographical Indications, trademarks) and...
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Background: Bee honey is a main ingredient in traditional food culture in different regions of the world. Honey is widely utilized as an ethnic food item. Methods: This paper analyzes the historical and present status of beekeeping and honey production in Japan and South Korea based on the relevant literature and statistical data. Results: The find...
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Background: This study analyzed certifications at the regional/landscape level and at product level. We focused on Japanese sake and tea as local place-based luxury items related to ethnic foods and socio-ecological landscape. Methods: Specifically, this research analyzed two materials: the minutes of local assemblies (both sake and tea) and sales-...
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Background: In this paper, recognition of traditional agricultural products by the general public is presented and analyzed to explore the transgenerational aspects of traditional vegetables and their knowledge transfer. It is necessary to understand how the products are recognized by different generations and gender, in terms of retaining and bran...
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Background: Geographical indications (GIs) are collective intellectual property rights that protect food and other products uniquely linked to the production area, local geophysical conditions, and traditions, namely, with the terroir. Thus, GIs can contribute to the transmission and retention of culinary heritages and historical production practic...
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This paper provides a framework of City Sustainability Index (CSI) which allows us to compare and evaluate the performance of different cities in terms of global sustainability. Based on a comparative review of existing indicators for assessing the sustainability of cities and their historical background, we will consider why it is necessary to: 1)...
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The purpose of this paper is to analyze how different definitions and methods for delineating the spatial boundaries of cities have an impact on the values of city sustainability indicators. It is necessary to distinguish the inside of cities from the outside when calculating the values of sustainability indicators that assess the impacts of human...
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In recent years, wood log boilers have been introduced to hot water bathing facilities or spas in Japan, particularly in mountainous areas. Producing wood logs is relatively easy, on the other hand, input of wood logs into the boilers has to be done manually, and it is pointed out that wood log boilers are not efficient if they are used as faciliti...
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Background: Under the influence of global trends, most regions are at risk of losing their local-food knowledge. In this context, analyzing the transmission of the knowledge, understanding the context of transmission, and implementing precise activities and policies are required. Noto is known for its unique ethnic fermented food products. Methods:...
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Forest management approaches vary according to the needs of individual municipalities with unique geographic conditions and local social contexts. Accordingly, there are two types of subsidies: a unified national subsidy and a prefecture-level subsidy, mainly from forest environmental taxes. The latter is a local tax. Our focus is on examining fore...
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A City Biodiversity Index (CBI) has been proposed and applied at the international level to enable local municipalities and cities to manage biodiversity and ecosystem services in a sustainable manner. CBI databases are being constructed as global platforms, though the available dataset is limited. The land-use dataset is one of the datasets that c...