Social-Ecological Restoration in Paddy-Dominated Landscapes

  • Nisikawa Usio
  • Tadashi Miyashita

Part of the Ecological Research Monographs book series (ECOLOGICAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Understanding Agricultural Systems in Japan

  3. Restoring the Multifunctionality of Paddy-Dominated Landscapes

  4. Developing Economic Incentives and Strategies for Sustainable Agriculture

  5. Integrating Human Dimensions into Ecological Restoration

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 281-281
    2. Nisikawa Usio, Tadashi Miyashita
      Pages 295-302
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 303-308

About this book


With a focus on environmentally friendly rice farming, this unique book integrates both ecosystem and human dimensions of ecological restoration to provide strategies to promote sustainable agriculture and rural development. Paddy fields have multiple functions beyond their role of producing rice: They serve as refuge habitats for a range of wildlife that once inhabited floodplain wetlands and contain a number of unique and threatened aquatic species. They also provide various ecosystem services for regional communities such as water retention, erosion control, flood control, fish culture, and educational opportunities. However, rice paddies are threatened worldwide due to the modernization of agriculture and abandonment of farmland caused by depopulation and the aging of rural communities. Therefore, multiple ecological and sociological aspects must be considered in the ecological restoration of paddy fields. This book aims to do so by incorporating various disciplines of natural and social sciences. Strategies for sustainable agriculture are reviewed, including financial incentives for farmers and the use of flagship wildlife species such as the crested ibis (toki) to promote ecological restoration. With the increasing popularity of environmentally friendly rice farming in parts of Asia and the western United States, this book offers model cases for sustainable management of paddy-dominated landscapes.


Adaptive management Environmentally friendly farming Multifunctionality Rice agriculture Sustainable agriculture Wildlife-friendly farming

Editors and affiliations

  • Nisikawa Usio
    • 1
  • Tadashi Miyashita
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Nature and Environmental Technology (K-INET)Kanazawa UniversityKanazawaJapan
  2. 2.Graduate School of Agricultural and Life SciencesThe University of TokyoTokyoJapan

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