The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

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Kobe University Graduate School of Human Development and Environment Assistant Professor Fumiko Furukawa

Creating an index for evaluating the recovery of mud crabs populations and the mangrove plantation ecosystems they inhabit

Research grant

Project Description

Creating an index to evaluate the recovery and regeneration of mangrove plantation ecosystems inhabited by crabs.
Mangrove ecosystems in various countries in Southeast Asia are beginning to recover due to tree-planting activities, but there is currently no quantative method for evaluating this recovery. Furthermore, the current situation is that many of these areas are closed off after planting to prohibit use of resources by local peoples. This research project focuses on large coastal-dwelling mud crabs, using them as an index for evaluating not only ecosystem recovery but also mangrove regeneration as a result of subsistence activity by local peoples. It also aims to promote the coexistence of local communites with mangroves through resource utilization and management proposals tailored to the region. [Project No. R15-0065]

Ecosystems and the Symbiotic Society
Grant year
FY2015 Research Grants
Grant term
3 years
April 2016 - March 2019
Grant amount
4,723,000 yen
Activity region
Maluku and South Sulawesi provinces, Indonesia
Mangrove planting led by local people

Overview of the Organization

Assistant Professor Fumiko Furukawa
Project organization
Kobe University
Graduate School of Human Development and Environment
Assistant Professor Fumiko Furukawa
Specialist field: Regional resource conservation
Affiliated academic societies: The Japan Society of Tropical Ecology
Background (professional/academic):
  • April 2011 - March 2013 Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (DC2)
  • March 2014 Awarded doctorate (regional research) after completing doctoral program specializing in regional research in Southeast Asia at the Graduate School of Asian and African Studies, Kyoto University
  • February 2015 Appointed Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Human Development and Environment, Kobe University
Research record
Fumiko FURUKAWA, Shigeo KOBAYASHI, Akihisa IWATA. "Changing relationships between mangrove resources and local residents in South Sulawesi and Maluku, Indonesia." Tropics Vol.24(1), pp33-46, 2015

Fumiko FURUKAWA, Akihisa IWATA, Shigeo KOBAYASHI. "Current state of mud crab fishery and resource conservation in Indonesia: Case studies of South Sulawesi and Maluku." Japan Journal of Southeast Asian Studies Vol.52, No.1, pp22-51, 2014.