What is it about?

This study showed that TEK is not static but, rather, is extremely dynamic. Diverse approaches, such as traditional educational methods, the use of branding, and promoting regional brands can be used to address depopulation in local communities.

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Why is it important?

To minimize a decline in the value of TEK in local communities, the development of a system that reminds local people of the ways in which TEK is relevant and valuable to them could offer an effective solution to local depopulation.


We suggest that a shift from maintenance and conservation of TEK to regeneration and creation can be beneficial to a society where TEK is an inherent part of the community.

Ai Tashiro
Tohoku University

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This page is a summary of: Loss of traditional knowledge and innovation in the context of shrinking communities and depopulation, Japanese Journal of Health and Human Ecology, November 2018, Japanese Society of Health and Human Ecology,
DOI: 10.3861/kenko.84.6_214.
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