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Environments 2017, 4(3), 63; https://doi.org/10.3390/environments4030063

Collaborative Conservation of a Socio-Ecological Production Landscape through ICT Tools

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Department of Bio-Industry Communication and Development, National Taiwan University, Taipei 10617, Taiwan
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Department of Landscape Architecture, Fu Jen Catholic University, New Taipei City 24205, Taiwan
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Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Kyoto University, Kyoto 6068501, Japan
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Received: 14 July 2017 / Revised: 4 September 2017 / Accepted: 6 September 2017 / Published: 9 September 2017
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Abstract

Rural socio-ecological production landscape (SEPL) presents a mosaic combination of various use and spatial patterns. The rural SEPL claims conservation because it produces bundles of ecosystem services and well-being for people. However, due to the prevalent use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in recent years, we attempt to explore how the new ICT tool was employed to conserve the rural SEPL. This study targets four rural communities that the Balian River flows across in Sanzhi district, New Taipei city. These communities self-organized a river conservation patrol team and utilized LINE (an instant messaging software) group to manage the SEPL as well. We conducted mixed method research to collect their group conversation evidences including time, amount and content for basic quantitative analysis. Further, we adopted the qualitative in-depth interviews of key-informants to examine the characteristic of activities, the collaboration among communities and the benefits and issues during their action practices. The results show the ICT tools are indeed effective in assisting in social learning when conducting a cross-region of SEPL conservation activities. View Full-Text
Keywords: socio-ecological production landscape; Satoyama; ICT; conservative activity; community collaboration socio-ecological production landscape; Satoyama; ICT; conservative activity; community collaboration
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Peng, L.-P.; Wang, C.-J.; Onitsuka, K. Collaborative Conservation of a Socio-Ecological Production Landscape through ICT Tools. Environments 2017, 4, 63.

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