• overview
  • profile
  • research
  • teaching
  • Service/Other

Ecosystem Services and Sustainable Environmental Resource Management Policy
Shingo Shibata

Shingo Shibata

7-1 Kioi-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8554, Japan
Sophia University
Building No.2, Room 1516
Please contact our office


In the Ph.D. thesis: “Strategies to achieve pluralistic values of forests –Research on methodologies for sustainable forest environmental resource management policy”(2001, University of Tokyo), analyzed historical processes of paradigm shift and policy changes of forest and environmental management, evaluated effects of participation/collaboration in policy formulation processes and proposed“Planning harmonization theory”instead of long-time dominated“Automatic harmonization theory (Kielwassertheorie)”. The paper were published in a book titled: “Ecoforesting”, in which a new term “ecoforesting” was proposed as sustainable, proactive interactions of forests by humans, and explained 1. Historical processes of policy changes in forest environmental policy, 2. Theory and practices of ecosystem approach, 3. Participatory and collaborative management and planning, 4. Global forest conservation problems and solutions such as PES with a global perspective.

Current research focuses include policy-making methods through participation and collaboration of stakeholders to sustainably achieve multiple/conflicting environmental, economic and social values, and also policy measures based on ecosystem service approaches such as PES/ecosystem-based management through global case studies in Japan/abroad.

Collaborative Policy-Making

Participatory/collaborative policy-making method which became indispensable for environmental conflict management among stakeholders of diverse interests in formulating sustainable environmental resource management policies and land use plans. Case studies include collaborative policy-makings involving Local Collaboratives and national forest planning with environmental assessment based on NEPA/NFMA in USA, collaborative management of forested landscapes in various countries in the world conducted by International Model Forest Networks (IMFN).

Sustainable Ecosystem-based Management and Ecosystem Services Forestry

In addition to traditional forestry, proposing, "Ecosystem Services Forestry" and assessing potentials and methodologies of broad ecosystem-based investment such as emerging ecosystem markets (PES) and ecoforestry are assessed at a global scale. Case studies include conservation investment in USA, integrated watershed management including PES in Chao Praya River in Thailand, landscape labeling such as VCA (Verified Conservation Areas).

Integration of Ecosystem Services' Approach Into Policy Decision Making

Theory and practices of Ecosystem Services Management which aims to integrate ecosystem services’ approach, which pursues maximization of all ecosystem services' values through trade-off analysis, into policy making by case studies of US Federal Agencies.