Sharing Ecosystem Services

Building More Sustainable and Resilient Society

  • Osamu Saito

Part of the Science for Sustainable Societies book series (SFSS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Chiho Kamiyama, Shizuka Hashimoto, Osamu Saito
    Pages 21-33
  3. Ryoto Tomita, Hasu Project (a NGO in Mikatagoko area), Takehito Yoshida
    Pages 87-115
  4. Mrittika Basu, Osamu Saito, Shizuka Hashimoto, Rajarshi Dasgupta
    Pages 197-213
  5. Katharina Gugerell, Marianne Penker, Pia Kieninger
    Pages 215-232
  6. Osamu Saito, Yaw Agyeman Boafo, Manosi Abe
    Pages 233-265

About this book


Using “the sharing paradigm” as a guiding concept, this book demonstrates that “sharing” has much greater potential to make rural society resilient, sustainable and inclusive through enriching all four sharing dimensions: informal, mediated, communal and commercial sharing. The chapters are divided into two parts, one that focuses on case studies of the sharing ecosystem services in Japan, the other on case studies from around the world including in the regions of Africa, Asia-Pacific, South America and Europe. Reflecting the recent growing attention to sharing concept and its application to economic and urban context, this publication explores opportunities and challenges to build more resilient and sustainable society in harmony with nature by critical examination of sharing practices in rural landscapes and seascapes around the world. This book introduces not only traditional communal and non-market sharing practices in different rural areas, but also new forms of sharing through integration of traditional practices and modern science and technologies. 


Sharing economy Social network Social capital Natural capital Socio-ecological landscapes Hidden flow

Editors and affiliations

  • Osamu Saito
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS)United Nations UniversityTokyoJapan

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