Forests in the world have been decreasing rapidly, followed by serious global warming from greenhouse effect gas (GHG) and impacts on livelihoods of forest-dependent people. In Japan, abandoned forests should be adequately managed and sustained rural villagesin the aging population.

Our researches investigate sound relationships between global policy issues as climate change/forest conservation and increase of local livelihoods in tropical countries as Southeast Asia, and development of rural livelihoods ithrough effective use of wood production and biomass resources in Japan.