Name TANAKA Akira
Official Title Professor
Affiliation Department of Restoration Ecology and Built Environment, Faculty of Environmental Studies
Profile Dr. Akira Tanaka is an expert of “Ecological Restoration and Evaluation”, “Environmental Impact Assessment” and “Landscape Architecture.” He has been working on a new mechanism to make balance between impacts stemming from human activities including development projects and effects by conservation activities for achieving Sustainable Development for almost 40 years. His fields of study are very broad and interdisciplinary in both domestic and international fields. For example, elements of his study include ecology, horticulture, forestry, landscape architecture, city/regional planning, Environmental Impact Assessment, Strategic Impact Assessment, mitigation policies and Sustainable Development. Currently his main target is to introduce biodiversity bank (mitigation bank) into countries or regions which do not have had such policies yet. He is the chairperson for “Aichi Mitigation (biodiversity offset) Committee” for Aichi prefecture and has developed the Japan’s first Biodiversity Bank (Mitigation Bank) in Chiba prefecture with private sectors.
Research Field(Keyword & Summary)
  1. Biodiversity Offset, Biodiversity Banking, Habitat Evaluation Procedure, Environmental Impact Assessment, Strategic Environmental Assessment, Mitigation Policies

    These tools are very important for balancing impacts from human activities including development projects and effects of ecological mitigation including restoration and conservation.

Representative Papers
  1. Akira Tanaka, Takafumi Kawamura:Quantitative evaluation method for secondary ecosystem management activity、Proceedings of IAIA21、2021/5.
  2. Takafumi Kawamura, Takeru Shiroki, Akira Tanaka:Trends in biodiversity offsetting and obstacles to mandating it: Japan、Proceedings of IAIA21、2021/5.
  3. Asahi Abe, Akira Tanaka:Definition of No Net Loss used by EIA and corporations: A comparative study、Proceedings of IAIA21、2021/5.
  4. Keisuke Goto, Asahi Abe, Yuki Inoue, Akira Tanaka:A comparative study on biodiversity offsets in airport development projects、Proceedings of IAIA21、2021/5.
  5. Akira Tanaka:Case Study of Quantitative Ecological Impact Assessment on Satoyama Ecosystem、Proceedings of AIC2019 in Hainan, China、1、2019/8.
  6. Takafumi Kawamura,Takeru Shiroki, Akira Tanaka、Trends of Biodiversity Offsets in Japan、Proceedings of AIC2019 in Hainan, China、1、2019/8.
  7. Chun Chen, Yuki Inoue, Akira Tanaka、Case study of biodiversity offset in airport - Sunshine coast airport, Australia -、Proceedings of AIC2019 in Hainan, China、1、2019/8.
  8. Akira Tanaka:Green Region and the Role of SEA/EIAs、The 12th Asia Impact assessment Conference in Shizuoka、1、28、2018/8.
  9. Takafumi Kawamura, Akira Tanaka:Policy research of Photo-voltaic power generation and Biodiversity conservation in the Izu-peninsula、The 12th Asia Impact assessment Conference in Shizuoka、1、37、2018/8.
  10. Yuki Shirota, Akira Tanaka:Green Infrastructure and It’s Future Prospects in Japan、The 12th Asia Impact assessment Conference in Shizuoka、1、61、2018/8.
Award Tokyu Corporation Group Environment Award for a concept and study of “Satoyama Banking.”(2017)

Tokyu Corporation Group Environment Award for a development of “Habitat Evaluation Procedure.”(2016)

A society award from Japan Real Estate Society for the paper, “Environmental Impact Assessment for
Housing Development in the U.S. from a Biodiversity Conservation View.” (2015)

Kobe Biennale Green Art Competition for a work of indoor planting, “Spinning Water.”(2015)

Tokyu Corporation Group Environment Award for activities of “Conservation for habitats of Loggerhead Turtles in Izu Peninsula.""(2015)

A society award from Japanese Institute of Landscape Architecture for the paper, ""Environmental Impact Assessment Systems and ecological mitigation measures in various countries.""(1999)
Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research Support: Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS)
Recruitment of research assistant(s) Yes(1). Bilingual of English and Japanese in the fields of policies of EIA/Biodiveisity Conservation.
Affiliated academic society (Membership type) International Association for Impact Assessment
Japan Society for Impact Assessment
Education Field (Undergraduate level) B.S. in Ecology: Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
Education Field (Graduate level) Master of Landscape Architecture: University of Michigan, Ph.D. in Applied Life Science: Tokyo University