The Futurability of Islands: A Japanese Reflection on the Harmonious Coexistence of Nature and Humankind
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Islands are usually described as ecologically fragile places. Their sustainable development requires careful and long-term design. By “long-term” I means at least 100 years, whereas most development designs and plans are set up for much shorter terms of a few years at most. Development policies are usually designed for limited terms because political and/or economic planning is based on a strict budget and strict time frame in power which, for ministers and politicians in democratic societies, averages at around 3.5 years. Although detailed budget sharing may be possible only for cycles of a few years, practical planning should be conceived for such terms within a longer perspective of centuries and on the basis of appropriate scientific estimates. Sustainability will be maintained only when such long-term estimations are successful.
KeywordsBiosphere Reserve Conservation Site Ogasawara Island World Natural Heritage Site World Natural Heritage
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