Donnerstag, 16. Mai 2013, 18:30 - 20:00 iCal

Vortrag: Prof. Dr. Ichinose Tomohiro (Keio University)

„Land use change and natural resource management in a Japanese rural landscape: An example of Awaji Island“

Institut für Ostasienwissenschaften, Abteilung für Japanologie
Spitalgasse 2, AAKH Campus, Hof 2.4, Seminarraum JAP 1, 1090 Wien


Studies of land use patterns and long-term change since Edo era in Awaji Island show that water management was one of the most important factors to decide land uses in history. In Awaji, local farmers have established a unique irrigation system, called tazu, since the Asuka period. Tazu has been a management system for irrigation water distributed through storage ponds (tameike) in unique ways.

While the importance of forest for maintaing water resource and quality had been already understood in Edo era, the government adopted many policies to conserve forests especially at the end of Edo era. It was a reason why the land use pattern in small villages was still quite similar at the beginning of Meiji era. They drilled many deep wells to get more water for agriculture after the Second World War and a set-aside program for rice production has started since the beginning of the 1970's. Now, the rural areas of Awaji Island suffer depopulation and aging. Local inhabitants need a new social innovation for the future.

Prof. Dr. Ichinose Tomohiro took the degree of Master from graduate school of the University of Tokyo. From October 1996 to September 1998 he studied as visiting researcher at Munich Technical University. He got the degree of PhD from graduate school of the University of Tokyo. The doctoral dissertation title is "Methods of Environmental Evaluation for Avian Conservation". He is professor at the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, Keio University (SFC) and currently stays as a guest researcher at Vienna University of Technology.

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