About the “Kagoshima Environmental Studies Program” of Kagoshima University

1. Objective of the Kagoshima Environmental Studies Program

The Kagoshima Environmental Studies Program is an interdisciplinary research project that Kagoshima University launched in 2008. Presently, participants include not only faculty members from the natural sciences and cultural and social studies, but also people from outside academia such as local administration officials and members from the private sector. Based on the Declaration of the Kagoshima Environmental Studies Program Click here for more Information, we seek to shed new light on environmental issues from the perspective of our daily life and to search for solutions in the field in order to make concrete proposals.

2. Activity features

So far, we have published six books which are accessible for lay readers. We also visited the islands of the Amami islands and held symposia and seminars in order to make ourselves understood and to listen to the opinions of the locals, because we want our study and research to get closer to the field and we want to work out a persuasive language that responds to real life issues.

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3. Past activities Click here for more Information

The Kagoshima Environmental Studies Program has been undertaking investigation and study projects every year since 2009. Making use of outside funding such as the Environment Ministry’s commissioned research projects, the research subjects which have been worked on involve of communities building in harmony with nature at World Natural Heritage sites in Japan and also comparison between regions and building of management systems for the World Heritage inscription of the Ryukyu arc based on scientific knowledge. Joint research projects with local administrations and citizens have been implemented since Year 2013. It began with the issue of “the ideal relations between World Natural Heritage and local environment and culture”. “Amami International Feral Cat Symposium” in 2015 had nine study meetings for preparation and connected Amami with the university by the Internet to have discussions with many different people on the “feral cat” issue. Recently, the project has connected the university with elementary and senior high schools, creating new types of partnerships such as sending lecturers and support for publishing a picture book. “Kagoshima International Feral Cat Symposium” was held in Kagoshima City in 2016. The problem of feral cat is the problem of the Amami district to be registered as a World Natural Heritage Site. At this symposium, We declared “We need to address this issue in all Kagoshima.” Then, We studied the problem that Feral Cat gave valuable wild animals on Amamioshima and Tokunoshima, and published a book titled “A livable island of people, cats and wild animals”.

4. Members of the study group (as of June 2017, in Japanese syllabary order) Click here for more information