Ecosystem services offsetting in the ‘Satoyama’ cultural landscape, Japan

In the Japanese city of Nagoya, urban sprawl is challenging the traditional agricultural ‘Satoyama’ landscape.

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In the Japanese city of Nagoya, urban sprawl is challenging the traditional agricultural ‘Satoyama’ landscape. Under a new system of tradable development rights, developers that exceed existing limits on high-rise buildings can offset their impacts by investing in the conservation of Satoyama areas threatened by urban exploitation. Favourable bank loans are also offered for building projects scoring high on a green certification system.