Introduction - "Labor Forces and Landscape Management"

The purpose of this book by Hiroyuki Shimizu, Chika Takatori and Nobuko Kawaguchi is to present a new proposal for landscape management labor accounts. Many matured countries are now confronting an aging society and a shrinking population.

Land degradation in those countries is basically caused by a lack of local labor forces. It is very important, therefore, to consider and develop methods to provide appropriate labor forces for the sustainable management of landscapes or to reduce or shrink landscape management areas sustainably with available labor forces. Landscape management labor accounts provide a foundation for such development.

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