April 10, 2011

Shiretoko WH is selected as an Impact story of the Commons

Date: Sun, 10 Apr 2011 14:19:53 +0900

Dear Colleagues (BCC)

Our activities in Shiretoko World Heritage, Japan, is selected as an Impact story by International Association for the Study of The Commons.

Dr. Mitsutaku Makino, Yasunori Sakurai and I wrote related papers:
.Makino M, Matsuda H, Sakurai Y (2009) Expanding Fisheries Co-management to Ecosystem-based management:A case in the Shiretoko World Natural Heritage area, Japan. Marine Policy 33:207-214
.Matsuda H, Makino M, Sakurai Y (2009) Development of adaptive marine ecosystem management and co-management plan in Shiretoko World Natural Heritage Site. Biol Cons 142:1937-1942
.Matsuda H, Makino M, Tomiyama M, Gelcich S, Castilla JC (2010) Fishery management in Japan. Ecol Res 25:899-907
.Makino M, Matsuda H (2011) Chapter 19: Ecosystem-based management in the Asia-Pacific area. In Ommar R, Perry I, Cury P, and Cochrane K, (Ed.s) Coping with Global Changes in Social-Ecological Systems, Wiley-Blackwells :322-333
.Sakurai Y, Makino M, Matsuda H (2010) Sustainable fisheries in Shiretoko. Business.2010 (Convention on Biological Diversity Business Newsletter) 5(3) :32-33

Some of these are downloadable from my web site.

Co-managemnt in Japanese coastal fisheries
Articles and Photographs: Mitsutaku MAKINO, M.A., M. Phil., Ph.D., Fisheries Research Agency Japan
Country: Japan
Type of resources involved: Coastal Ecosystem
What change happened to strengthen rights to the commons?
After the listing of the coastal area of to the UNESCO World Natural Heritage, a rigid and formal management plan was enacted in order to conserve the coastal ecosystems within the site. In this plan, the existing fishery rights system, traditional knowledge, and autonomous fisheries management measures by local fishers were officially incorporated as the core of the Marine Management Plan. AIso, for the ecosystem monitoring system to observe the changes in structures and functions of the coastal ecosystems, catch information compiled by fishers' organizations over 60 years are utilized as the central part of the monitoring system. Based on such a positive appreciation in the official management plan, local fishers' position was strengthened and they got more incentives to not only contribute to coastal fisheries management but also to the ecosystem conservation. This is an important change in their attitude. Originally, the local fishers were reluctant to nominate to the UNESCO Heritage, because they thought listing would only be for the "protection of the environment", which often means weakening their position in the coastal area.


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