The research meeting with a theme "The Future of Ena City" was held successfully on 10 December 2016 in Ena City, Gifu. There were thirty-three (33) participants comprised of students and professors, stakeholders from local government; non-profit organizations (NPOs) and others. This activity was the final part of On-site Research Training (ORT) in Clinical Environmental Studies I&II course organized and supported by Education and Research Center for Sustainable Co-Development of Nagoya University.
The research outputs are product of intensive field survey held in Ena City on 9-11 June 2016. The graduate students conducted diagnosis or identification of problems and local issues to come up with a theme-specific research. Data collection was done through series of field surveys; interviews with key persons from local government, private organizations, non-profit organizations, and local people; as well as published reports and official statistics. Consultations and discussions with professors were undertaken to develop an integrated prescriptions or recommendations towards sustainability of Ena City.
Aside from oral presentations, posters were also displayed and panel discussion was held to stimulate sharing of ideas, perspectives and comments from various stakeholders. The highlights of the research meeting are:
The ORT activities not only diagnosed and provided prescriptions to the issues of Ena City, but most importantly, it equipped the students with valuable learning experiences to be able to deal and analyze issues that transcend local society and environment. The diverse research backgrounds and disciplines of the students also complemented the need for interdisciplinary approach to research.
Marianne Faith G. Martinico-Perez
Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Nagoya University