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Environment/Energy (Global-scale environmental issues)

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  • SDGs13
  • SDGs15
Principal Investigator (Affiliation) japan Prof. Dr.
TANI Naoki
(Senior Researcher, Forestry Division, Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS)) researchmap
Republic of Indonesia Prof. Dr. Ir.
Mohammad Na’iem
(Professor, Faculty of Forestry, Universitas Gadjah Ma)
Research Institutions in Japan Japan International Research Center for Agricultural Sciences (JIRCAS) /Sumitomo Forestry Co., Ltd./ University of Tsukuba/ Forestry Research and Management Organization (FRMO)/ Nagasaki University/ National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES)
Research Institutions in Indonesia Universitas Gadjah Mada/ National Research and Innovation Agency
doption fiscal year FY 2021
Research Period 5 Years
ODA Recipient Country Republic of Indonesia
General Description of the Research Project

Utilize genomic data to select tree species that are highly resilient to climate change
In this study, we are focusing on six tree species that are suitable for tropical forest regeneration and social forestry (community-based forest management), using genomic information (the sequence of bases in DNA) to select exceptional individual trees that exhibit greater resistance to climate change, and establishing the technology for the mass production of samplings from these exceptional trees by means such as cell culture. We are evaluating the effect of this in promoting forestry with greater resilience to climate change by assessing the amount of timber produced and ecological functions (including greenhouse gas absorption and the amount of non-timber resources) from the viewpoints of local communities and the local economy, in order to ascertain the necessity and value of forestry promotion in scientific terms.

Making tropical forestry a sustainable industry even under climate change
We will create international and regional incentives for afforestation designed to cope with climate change, and improve the current forestry industry to enable the sustainable use of forest resources even under climate change. Going forward, this will lead to the development of environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable forest management models using saplings highly adapted to climate change, which will encourage climate change adaptation and mitigation.

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Young teak trees that will produce high-quality timber, with maize cultivation on the forest floor

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Surveying the seedling cultivation process, ready to select on the basis of genomic data

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Studying the genetic resources of tropical forests in the partner country

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Measuring the trunk growth of one of the types of tree studied (dipterocarp)

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