”Current Status and Challenges of Sustainable Forest Management in Borneo: Views from governments, private sectors, NGOs, and local communities 【Date】9-10th December 2013 【Venue】Inamori Fundation Memorial Building, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan 【Seminar’s Objective】 This international seminar aims to discuss current status and issues of Sustainable Forest Management (SFM) in the island of Borneo. It gathers various stakeholders of SFM practitioners (timber production and trading companies), promoters (governments and NGOs) and researchers from Borneo and Japan. This seminar provides a useful opportunity to share experiences and knowledge with each other, which may provide practical solutions to some of the problems faced by the stakeholders. Borneo is the […]
19, September 2013 A Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (S), “Planted Forests in Equatorial Southeast Asia: Human-nature Interactions in High Biomass Society” has received the mark of “A” for its third-year assessment by the sponsor, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). Grade A indicates the project has already accomplished a certain progress and expects to see academic achievements as the project has planned.
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Field Investigation Report on Oil Palm Cultivated by Company K and Smallholders in Sarawak, Malaysia Yucho Sadamichi（The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology） This is to report a cooperative survey with Prof. Ubukata, conducted at Company K in Sarawak on 14-21 September 2012. Company K is an oil palm plantation company with a processing mill, which is located in Bintulu, Sarawak. Since this company produces RSPO-certified oil, the company activities are implemented in accordance with RSPO requirements, e.g. compliance with environmental and social laws and regulations, fulfilling cooperative social responsibilities, etc. This certification requires the company to document the related activities. From the documents, our previous surveys obtained […]
Research Work in Sarawak and Study on Oil Palm Business Fumikazu Ubukata（Graduate School of Environmental Science, Okayama University） 1. Non-specialist and Area Study It always requires a certain amount of courage for an area study researcher to step into uncharted territory. Being a specialist of mainland Southeast Asia, I am not familiar with the history and geography of Malaysia and have no expertise in the language of Malay or Iban. It seems a bit strange then that such a “non-specialist” should join in an area study project outside of his field, but the project might benefit to some degree from the ideas of an outsider. I hope to make a […]