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Designing our future : local perspectives on bioproduction, ecosystems and humanity

Author: Mitsuru Ōsaki; Ademola K Braimoh; Kenʼichi Nakagami
Publisher: Tokyo, Japan ; New York : United Nations University Press, ©2011.
Series: Sustainability science series.
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This volume focuses primarily on society at the local and regional level and on a scenario in which human beings coexist harmoniously with nature. This ideal society is examined in terms of the relationships 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
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Material Type: Government publication, International government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mitsuru Ōsaki; Ademola K Braimoh; Kenʼichi Nakagami
ISBN: 9789280811834 9280811835
OCLC Number: 491905302
Description: xxv, 477 p. : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ; 24 cm.
Contents: Machine generated contents note: 1-1.Designing our future: Society in harmony with nature, from local and regional perspectives --
1-2.The carrying capacity of the Earth / Mitsuru Osaki --
2-1.Sustainable agriculture practices / Norihito Tambo --
2-2.Soil quality and sustainable land use / Masakazu Komatsuzaki / Hiroyuki Ohta --
2-3.The role of biological control in sustainable agriculture / Ademola K. Braimoh --
2-4.The role of biochar in land and ecosystem sustainability / Anthony R. Chittenden / Yutaka Saito --
3-1.Biomass as an energy resource / Makoto Ogawa --
3-2.Worldwide cross-country pattern of ecosystem and agricultural productivities / Fumitaka Shiotsu / Taiichiro Hattori / Shigenori Morita --
3-3.Sustainable forest management and evaluation of carbon sinks / Takashi S. Kohyama / Akihiko Ito --
3-4.Ocean ecosystem conservation and seafood security / Noriyuki Kobayashi --
4-1.Biomass town development and opportunities for integrated biomass utilization / Masahide Kaeriyama / Michio J. Kishi / Yasunori Sakurai / Sei-Ichi Saitoh --
4-2.Analysis of energy, food, fertilizer and feed: Self-sufficiency potentials / Ken'ichi Nakagami / Kazuyuki Doi / Yoshito Yuyama / Hidetsugu Morimoto --
4-3.Biogas plants in Hokkaido: Present situation and future prospects / Nobuyuki Tsuji / Toshiki Sato --
4-4.The bioenergy village in Germany: The Lighthouse Project for sustainable energy production in rural areas / Juzo Matsuda / Shiho Ishikawa --
4-5.Samsø: The Danish renewable energy island / Peter Schmuck / Marianne Karpenstein-Machan --
4-6.Self-sustaining models in India: Biofuels, eco-cities, eco-villages and urban agriculture for a low-carbon future / Ryoh Nakakubo / Søren Hermansen --
5-1.Forest biomass for regional energy supply in Austria / B. Mohan Kumar --
5-2.Transition initiatives: A grassroots movement to prepare local communities for life after peak oil / Yoshiki Yamagata / Florian Kramer / Kentaro Aoki --
5-3.Rebuilding satoyama landscapes and human[-]nature relationships / Noriyuki Tanaka --
5-4.Local commons in a global context / Kazuhiko Takeuchi --
5-5.Risk and resource management / Makoto Inoue --
6-1.The concept of sustainability governance / Hiroyuki Matsuda --
6-2.Problem-structuring for local sustainability governance: The case of Furano / Nobuo Kurata --
6-3.Decision-making in sustainability governance / Yasuhiko Kudo / Yuka Motoda / Nobuyuki Tsuji / Hideaki Shiroyama / Hironori Kato --
7-1.Ecology, sustainability science and "knowing" systems / Seiichi Kagaya --
7-2.The preservation and creation of a regional culture for glocal sustainability / Osamu Saito / Richard Bawden --
7-3.Sustainability and indigenous people: A case study of the Ainu people / Tatsuji Sawa --
7-4.Sustainable rural/regional development by attracting value-added components into rural areas / Koji Yamasaki --
7-5.Sustainable agricultural development in Asia and study partnerships / Kiyoto Kurokawa --
7-6.Nature therapy / Takumi Kondo / Hong Park --
7-7.Health risks and regional sustainability / Yoshifumi Miyazaki / Bum-Jin Park / Juyoung Lee --
7-8.An integrated solution to a dual crisis: An assessment of Green New Deal policy / Tatsuo Omura --
7-9.Towards a sustainable world through positive feedback loops between critical issues / Fumikazu Yoshida.
Series Title: Sustainability science series.
Responsibility: edited by Mitsuru Osaki, Ademola Braimoh, and Ken'ichi Nakagami.
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Abstract:

This volume focuses primarily on society at the local and regional level and on a scenario in which human beings coexist harmoniously with nature. This ideal society is examined in terms of the relationships 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. --Book Jacket.

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