Masatoshi Sasaoka is a researcher with experience in environmental sociology, environmental anthropology and Indonesian area studies. His main work is an ethnographic study to clarify holistically relationships between protected, endangered animals and humans which are embedded in the local context, and to consider the place-based conservation model compatible with local livelihood in Seram Island, eastern Indonesia.
Local value of endangered, protected wildlife resource use, resource management based on indigenous knowledge or social norms and its transformation, human-wildlife interrelationships formed through indigenous agriculture
Journal of Tropical Forest Science 26(1) 75-83 Jan 2014 [Refereed]
This study assessed the influence of sago-based vegeculture
(cultivation of sago and vegetatively propagated crops) in Seram, Maluku province, east Indonesia, on the
local forest landscape. The land productivity of sago groves, dependence of local...
Japanese journal of cultural anthropology 75(4) 483-514 Mar 2011 [Refereed]
In various places around the world, there are many indigenous resource management (IRM) systems closely related to local people's beliefs in supernatural agents. Although the importance and effectiveness of a "community-based" or "participatory" a...
The southeast asian studies 46(3) 377-419 Dec 2008 [Refereed]
This paper examines the social and cultural meanings of the subsistence consumption of game animals among mountain villagers in Seram Island, Eastern Indonesia. The community under study is highly dependent on sago (starch extracted from sago palm...
The southeast asian studies 44(2) 105-144 Sep 2006 [Refereed]
The purpose of this paper is to consider the social meaning of "ownership" of sago palm (Metroxylon spp.) in Seram, eastern Indonesia.In the highland community under study, local people depend heavily on sago starch as a staple food.Every sago clu...
Suitability of Local Resource Management based on Supernatural Enforcement Mechanism in the Local Social-cultural Context: toward self-directed resource management by the people who ‘coexist’ with supernatural agencies
Masatoshi Sasaoka; Yves Laumonier
The 8th conference of the European Association for Southeast Asian Studies (EuroSEAS) 14 Aug 2015
We focus on local forest resource management based on supernatural enforcement mechanism and its suitability in the local social cultural context in central Seram, east Indonesia. Local resource management appears to be embedded in the wider socia...
Conservation value of human-modified tropical forests in Maluku, east Indonesia
Masatoshi Sasaoka, Yves Laumonier
The 14th Congress of the International Society of Ethnobiology 5 Jun 2014
Potential conservation value of less-intensively managed human modified forests in and around national park: Focusing on interrelationships between local people and wild animal species formed through traditional arboricultural practices
Masatoshi Sasaoka and Yves Laumonier
The 1st Asia National Parks Congress 14 Nov 2013 The MIにstryおfEnvironment, Japan, IUCN
Manusela national park was established in central Seram Island, east Indonesia in 1989 to conserve biodiversity and maintain ecosystem services in the region. One of its main expected functions is to help conserve a flagship species in Wallacea, t...
Conservation Value of Less-intensively Managed Human Modified Forests formed through arboricultural activities in Seram, east Indonesia: An Insight on Interrelationships between local people and a protected wild parrot
The 23rd Annual Meeting of the Japan Society of Tropical Ecology (JASTE23) 16 Jun 2013