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Title: 福島県における自然体験型レクリエーションの変化―東日本大震災の影響を探る―
Other Titles: The trends in the outdoor recreation activities in Fukushima Prefecture: exploring the effects of the East Japan Earthquake
Authors: 重松, 友希 / 杉村, 乾 / 坂井, 真唯
Authors (alternative): Shigematsu, Yuki / Sugimura, Ken / Sakai, Mai
Issue Date: 1-Dec-2018
Publisher: 長崎大学環境科学部 / Faculty of Environmental Science, Nagasaki University
Citation: 長崎大学総合環境研究, 21(1), pp.43-54; 2018
Abstract: Forests in Fukushima Prefecture provide cultural ecosystem services such as tourism, harvesting wild plants and mushrooms, hunting and stream fishing. The nuclear power plant accident in 2011 contaminated the surrounding area with radioactive Cesium and is considered to have significantly affected the use of these services throughout the prefecture. However, few studies have revealed the extent and magnitude of those impacts. In this study, we compared available information on the use of these services between the periods before and after the accident as well as between the regions close to and those farther from the plant. We relied on several information sources, such as tourism statistics and newspaper articles. The number of visitors to the mountains declined sharply, to below 25% and about 40% of that in the year prior to the accident in the area closer to, and farther from the power plant respectively. Although gradually recovering, the recovery rate of the number of the mountain visitors was lower in the areas closer to the plant relative to those farther from. In contrast, the number of mountain visitors appears to have increased in the west (farther from the plant) to become higher than before 2011. The number of visitors to natural monuments or forest parks close to residential areas throughout the prefecture has recovered to almost the same level as the years before 2011. Hunting was the most impacted because the Cesium levels in wildlife were so high that hunting activities decreased across all regions. Thus, we found considerable variation between the recovery rates for ecosystem services and regions.
Keywords: tourism / wild plant / mushroom / wildlife / statistics
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10069/38720
ISSN: 13446258
Type: Departmental Bulletin Paper
Text Version: publisher
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Citable URI : http://hdl.handle.net/10069/38720

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