SUZUKI, Reiji

rsuzuki cseas.kyoto-u.ac.jp

Research Departments・Position

Cross-regional Studies・Affiliated Professor

Area

Research Interests / Keywords

・Effects of land use history of swidden cultivation on long-term change in forest ecosystems
・Restoration of degraded forest with the aid of taditional skills and knowledge inherited from Japanese swidden cultivation


Overview

Effects of land use history of swidden cultivation on long-term change in forest ecosystems

In combination with detailed field survey, geographical information system (GIS) and remote sensing (RS) techniques, land use history and fallow vegetation recovery process have been analyzed to understand the rationality of traditional swidden cultivation with long fallow period by the Karen in Myanmar and short fallow period by the Khmu in Laos.

Restoration of degraded forest with the aid of taditional skills and knowledge inherited from Japanese swidden cultivation

Because slashing and burning of swidden cultivation stimulates regeneration of various plants, abandoned Satoyama forest in Japan would be rejuvenated after the burning. In cooperation with local people in Yogo town, Shiga prefecture, I am trying to establish the future vision of forest management which is suitable for present situation of local community.
In addition, revival of swidden cultivation which aims to enhance organic farming, rehabilitation of Satoyama forest, and rural activation have been observed recently in various areas in Japan. However, almost no network has been constructed between these areas mainly due to geographical barrier. Thus, our research group organized biennial meeting (the forum of swidden cultivation) among practitioner of swidden farming. The forum aims to establish strong network between the practitioners of swidden to enhance the rehabilitation of Satoyama forest and depopulated rural area in Japan.

Research funds

Type Theme Period
Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A) The Practice-oriented area study challenging to global issues through Zaichi No Kyoto (Collaboration of Locally existing )in Asia 2016 – 2020
Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (B) 焼畑の在来知を活かした日本の食・森・地域の再生:地域特性に応じた生業モデルの構築 2016 – 2020
Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C) 長期焼畑動態観測データを活用したインドシナ山地民の生活環境保全シナリオの構築 2015 – 2018