Rural sustainability has been maintained by the harmony of the four major components within the geographically-limited area (Figure 1). They are reproduction of the local population, reproduction of material goods, continuations of social organizations and conservation of natural ecosystems. Since all of the components are characterized by the locality, the rural sustainability also has area-specific characteristics. However, in recent years, rural areas are facing various challenges by the impacts of depopulation and aging, globalization of the economy, land development and global warming. Accordingly, the rural sustainability also has been greatly damaged.
Laboratory of sustainable rural development is working on design and evaluation of measures and policies from the perspective of rural planning in order to cope with these challenges and to rebuild the appropriate rural sustainability.
Our research concerns include various areas such as local resources management by knowledge management, strengthening of social capital, symbiosis between the humans and wildlife, community informatization and comparative study of community planning.
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