Environmental Values and Surrounding Landscapes: Indicators for Sustainable Human-nature Interrelation

By Tomomi Kemmochi.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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Respecting people’s lifestyles and values cultivated through the long-term human-nature interrelation must be one of the keys for sustainable development. In order to facilitate the inclusion of these cultural considerations in the policy-making process, this paper is intended to explore the method of evaluating people’s values on local natural environment. Focusing on surrounding landscape not only as a comprehensive indicator of the local environment but also as a mirror of everyday human-nature interrelation, people’s feelings and thoughts about surrounding landscapes were drawn by using a combination of Photo Projective Method and Laddering Analysis, and people’s values on local natural environment were extracted from their surrounding landscape evaluation. In evaluating people’s values based on a definite indicator, the concept of “environmental values” propounded by Kellert was applied, and the difference of environmental values according to the degree of land development was analyzed. The pilot study carried out in Chiba City, Japan implies the potentiality of environmental values and surrouding landscapes as indicators for sustainable human-nature interrelation.

Keywords: Environmental Values, Surrounding Landscape Evaluation, Sustainable Human-nature Interrelation

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 4, Issue 5, pp.45-56. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.127MB).

Tomomi Kemmochi

Doctoral Student, Department of Natural Environmental Studies, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo, Japan

Tomomi Kemmochi is a doctoral student at the University of Tokyo, Japan and is also a professional land-and-house investigator. Prior to her current academic undertaking, she has working experience in environmental NGO specializing in global climate change. She holds a Master of Environmental Management from Yale University, USA, and a Bachelor of Science (Geochemistry) from Sophia University, Japan. Her academic interests include human-nature interrelation, cultural landscapes, and environmental values.

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