Lead organization: Network for Coexistence with Nature

Other participating organizations: 


This activity was completed as of 2012 with the successful production of the textbook, which is available for download here (in Japanese here).



The publication of the oral history textbook will support the dual aims of making a record of the lives of skilled craftspeople and providing students with opportunities to connect with older generations.

The publication could be a resource book for people working or intending to work on educational activities and materials related to the topic, which in turn will serve as sources of reference and information.

The oral history textbook also envisages three important impacts, namely: 1) promoting dialogue as a nexus of mutual understanding among diverse individuals; 2) building bridges across generations; 3) enhancing positive relationships between humans and nature through the transmission of knowledge.Proposal for the Collaborative Activity under Cluster 4, 5

Using these principles will enhance understanding and raise awareness of the significance of oral histories and the concepts of the Satoyama Initiative, including the recording of local TEK, and catalysing collective efforts of local communities.

The textbook will consist of both instructional and methodological elements, including an introduction of “Kikigaki Koshien” as an example of an oral history method, approximately 50 pages.

Milestone and Project Completion

The final product is to be published at the benchmark event Rio+20 in June 2012.

Contact details:

Nahoko Yoshino, NCN
Aya Takatsuki, UNU-IAS