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A University-Hosted Program in Pursuit of Coastal Sustainability: The Case of Tokyo Bay

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Author(s): Midori Kawabe | Hiroshi Kohno | Takashi Ishimaru | Osamu Baba

Journal: Sustainability
ISSN 2071-1050

Volume: 5;
Issue: 9;
Start page: 3819;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: coastal sustainability | capacity development | the engagement of scholarship | participatory action research | service learning | HESD | Tokyo Bay

ABSTRACT
This study presents a unique way by which a university program can contribute to capacity development for coastal sustainability. The program is steered by a working group of volunteer faculty members, having different academic backgrounds, in collaboration with students and marine professionals, including fisherfolk and environment education interpreters. Although the program began with conventional educational ideas and style, its practical framework evolved to include interactive activities with collaborators in the community, all of which were geared toward social learning. The combination of service learning and participatory action research (PAR) was proven to be an adequate approach to link higher education for sustainable development (HESD) and university-community partnerships and to promote learning for coastal sustainability. Challenges identified include (1) ensuring continuity of learning and (2) reducing the heavy workload of faculty members involved in program preparation and coordination. The authors would like to emphasize the possibilities offered by the engagement of scholarship in the capacity development for coastal sustainability by focusing on community-based efforts.
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