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Revitalizing “endangered” rural communities thorough agritourism: The roles of a local university. Akita International University, Japan Center for Regional Sustainability Initiatives (CRESI) Yoshitaka Kumagai Ph.D. July 9, 2010 World Ecotourism Conference Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Revitalizing endangered rural communities thorough agritourism the roles of a local university

Revitalizing “endangered” rural communities thorough agritourism:

The roles of a local university

Akita International University, Japan

Center for Regional Sustainability Initiatives (CRESI)

Yoshitaka Kumagai Ph.D

July 9, 2010

World Ecotourism Conference

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


Revitalizing endangered rural communities thorough agritourism the roles of a local university

Population trend and its projection in Japan

National Institute of Population and social security research, Japan


Revitalizing endangered rural communities thorough agritourism the roles of a local university

Population and communities in Japan

  • Currently 127million people

    • It is declining as a whole

    • But increasing in mega cities

  • 1,727 municipal governments in Japan

  • Population in 776 municipal governments is declining

    • 45% of municipal governments

    • 8 million people--6.3%

  • 50 % of Japan’s land is being depopulated

  • There are 2,643 endangered communities in those depopulating cities/towns/villages


Akita japan

Akita, Japan

  • The 3rd largest prefecture

  • 1.1 million people

  • Snowy in winter

  • Mining and Forestry

  • Agriculture

  • 76 endangered communities


Issues in akita

Issues in Akita

  • High suicide rate (the worst for 15 years)

  • High unemployment rate

  • High cancer rate

  • Low income

  • Aging

  • Depopulation

  • Losing a pride and hope


Potentials

Potentials

  • Education

  • Natural resources

    • World nature heritage sites

    • Water

    • Landscape

  • Food

    • Rice and Sake

  • Folk culture

  • Wisdom


The role of a local university requests from municipal governments

The role of a local university:Requests from municipal governments

  • Revitalizing endangered communities through ecotourism

    • Research

    • Initiative

    • Coordination

    • Developing a plan

    • Monitoring

  • Agritourism


Akita international university center for regional sustainability initiatives cresi

Akita International UniversityCenter for Regional Sustainability Initiatives (CRESI)

  • Research on

    • History

    • Folk culture

    • Food

    • Community

  • 8 faculty members、12 students、1 fulltime staff

  • Japan, Poland, UK, US

  • Communication, Recreation management, Anthropology, Philosophy, International Development, architecuture


Cresi s approch

CRESI’s approch

Getting together with local people

Exploring local resources with outsiders’ eyes

Sorting out resources and developing a plan and strategy

Linking various resources within community

Implementing the plan and developing a monitoring system

Capacity Building


Exploring and analyzing community resources

Exploring and Analyzing community resources

Nature

Landscape

Industry

Hard

Historic sites

Facilities

Infrastructures

Community Capital

Atmosphere

Culture

Unity

Soft

Foods

Festivals

Information

People


Exploring potential resources by cresi 1

Exploring potential resources by CRESI(1)


Exploring potential resources by cresi 2

Exploring potential resources by CRESI(2)


Exploring potential resources by cresi 3

Exploring potential resources by CRESI(3)


Exploring potential resources by cresi 4

Exploring potential resources by CRESI(4)


Interviewing with local residents

Interviewing with local residents


Revitalizing endangered rural communities thorough agritourism the roles of a local university

CRESI & Akita PrefectureLaunched in 2005, Two years CurriculumLearning how to link among various resources within a communityLectures, workshops, event planning/management

  • CRESI & Akita Prefecture

  • Launched in 2005, Two years Curriculum

  • Learning how to link among various resources within a community

  • Lectures, workshops, event planning/management

  • Marketing

  • Negotiation skills

  • Data collection

  • NPO& NGO

  • Communication

  • Grant Proposal

  • Conflict management

  • Project Planning

  • Public Relations


Developing a plan

Developing a plan

  • What to achieve?

  • How to achieve?

  • Who would play what role?

  • What to provide/sell?

  • What and what need to be linked?

  • To whom?


Akita capacity building seminar

Akita capacity building seminar


Future of cresi

Future of CRESI

  • Keep working on this

    • Fostering producers and coordinators

    • Establishing extension services

    • Accumulating cases and data

  • Secretarial office of IUCN/WCPA-Japan

    • Park and protected area management

  • “International workshop on protected area management beyond 2010” in winter 2011

  • “Asian Park Congress” in fall 2011


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