Toru Terada: History and current conservation practices of urban satoyama

We are delighted to invite you to the public seminar of Prof. Toru Terada (The University of Tokyo) on the occation of his guest researcher visit at the Commission for Interdisciplinary Ecological Studies (KIOES) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW)!

When: March 16th, 2017, 13:15
Venue: Seminar room, Institute of Forest Ecology, Wilhelm-Exner Haus, 2nd floor, Peter Jordanstr. 82, 1190 Vienna

Satoyama, a Japanese term which combines Sato (village) and Yama (forest), is forest historically maintained by rural communities for obtaining firewood and other organic materials for sustaining their lives. Satoyama has changed drastically due to the wide spread use of fossil fuels and urbanization accelerated from 1960s, and the weakened relation between rural communities and satoyama causes abandonment of forest maintenance. In contrast, urban communities have great interest in re-maintaining satoyama currently, and their practices revive satoyama as a multi-functional urban forest. The lecture will explain the transformation history of satoyama from rural to urban and introduces some issues that currently discussed in relevant researches both domestically and internationally.

Image credit: (c) Toshihiko Nakamura

Toru Terada is lecturer of the department of natural environmental studies, university of Tokyo. His background is landscape architecture and urban planning. His current research interest includes community based urban forestry, urban agriculture, and its connection to local energy and food policies.

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