概要

Name: Kiyokazu KAWADA
Affiliation: Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences
Specialty:

Life and Environmental Sciences

Field of Research:

Vegetation science, Plant ecology

Position:

Assistant Professor

Degree:

Ph.D. (Agriculture)

Degree earning University :

Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences,Tsukuba University (March 2005)

Starting Date: 1 December, 2011
Mentor: Professor Takashi KAMIJO
Laboratory: http://www.u.tsukuba.ac.jp/~kawada.kiyokazu.gu/kawada_index.html

Sustainable use of bioresources in semi-arid region

 Most developing countries in the semi-arid region are affected by the rapid deterioration of the existing ecosystem due to the haphazard use of the limited natural resources. The ecosystem of the semi-arid region is in a high risk of desertification due to non-sustainable use of the resources. Little to limited scientific know-how on the appropriate use, allocation, and management by local residents are the main causes of this condition. In order to correct and prevent further damage to the environment, a sustainable use of the resources based on scientific approach is needed and should be in place.  Many studies on desertification have been carried out already in the semi-arid region using many observation equipment but local people cannot purchase the expensive equipment used in this kind of study. In addition, local residents cannot maintain the said instrument because of the lack of training and education regarding the scientific knowledge required for the use of the observation equipment and in the analysis of the data that will be required. There is a need, therefore,  for an evaluation method that is practical and does not require the use of expensive equipment that are costly to maintain. Although lacking in training in terms of use of observation equipment, local residents are really interested in the study of nature and have extensive knowledge and is familiar with the common plants. Local experts present in most village units know their regional plant species composition really well. Thus, it can be expected that the combined traditional knowledge and scientific evaluation and management methods that can be understood by the local population will be useful in the management of the natural resources to prevent further desertification in the semi-arid region. In line with this, I would like to take advantage of this existing local knowledge and expertise and combine it with sustainable resource management using scientific evidence of plant species composition to address this desertification problem.

 

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