The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

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Kyoto University, Graduate School of Agriculture, Professor Kanehiro Kitayama

Harmonious achievement of reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and biodiversity protection through the linking of rain forests

Research grant

Project Description

As a method for both mitigating climate change and preserving biodiversity, develop methods for linking tropical rain forests that have been fragmented while meeting the land use demands of the native people. Specifically, encourage the transition of vegetation by adopting longer cycles for the slash-and-burn farming near Kinabalu Park and Crocker Range Park in the northern half of Borneo to effectively link these parks by creating a stepping stone for wildlife. After clarifying the speed of the transition of vegetation, create models that change the slash-and-burn farming area and cycles, and verify the effects on carbon accumulation and biodiversity.

Climate changePreservation of biodiversity and ecosystem
Grant year
FY2011 Research Grants
Grant term
3 years
April 2012 - March 2015
Grant amount
18,795,000 yen
Activity region
Kinabalu Park and Crocker Range Park in Sabah State, Malaysia
A survey group conducting surveys on forests in Malaysia that have recovered after slash-and-burn farming

Overview of the Organization

Professor Kanehiro Kitayama
Professor Kanehiro Kitayama
Specialist field
Forest ecology
Affiliated academic societies
The Ecological Society of Japan, The Japanese Forest Society
Acquired Ph.D from Botany Department of University of Hawaii in 1992. Served as Chief Researcher of the Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute, Forestry Agency, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. Served as Assistant Professor from 2000 and Professor from 2001 at the Center for Ecological Research, Kyoto University. Has served at current position since 2009.
Research record
Sabah Parks
Research record
Has published more the 80 papers on forest ecology and plant ecology. His principal authored works include Kitayama K ed. (in press) Cobenefits of sustainable forestry Ecological studies of a certified Bornean rain forest- Springer, Tokyo.