2014 国際助成プログラム International Grant Program      
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(Project Title)
Mutual Learning among Southeast Asian Countries and Japan on Geothermal Power Introduction with consideration for trade-offs among resources
Kenshi Baba
Hosei University
(Grant Amount)
企画書・概要 (Abstract of Project Proposal)


Geothermal power introduction in Japan has been blocked for some reasons such as development regulation in natural parks and avoiding business risk on long term though Japan has the world's third largest amount of the resource for geothermal power. Indonesia and Philippine have also world's top amount of the resource for geothermal power and Japanese manufacturers and power utility are involved in large-scale development project in these countries. The support institutions have been implemented by the governments recently however geothermal power introductions have not been promoted enough in both countries. Based on the current situations and giving considerations to differences in institutional and social backgrounds among three countries, we pay attention to trade-offs among resources such as hot springs which is major barrier of geothermal power introduction. We then clarify the means to overcome the barriers and to embed it in the community development by conducting field surveys in each country. Finally we learn mutually by holding a workshop to share our experiences and try to make a policy recommendation on community development with geothermal power introduction.

実施報告書・概要 (Summary of Final Report)


We have conducted a web-based questionnaire to compare the fundamental attitudes of the general public to geothermal power in three countries Japan, Philippines and Indonesia. We have also conducted stakeholder analysis and workshops in Beppu regarding small scale geothermal power introduction, and focus group interview and workshops regarding large scale geothermal power in Philippines and Indonesia. Based on these experiences, we finally conducted an international workshop to examine a possibility of community development with geothermal resource and consensus building of trade-offs on geothermal resource utilization. With the participants of the general public, stakeholders and experts on this issue, we designed the workshop as a joint fact-finding type which experts committed to provide expert knowledge actively to the general public and stakeholders. One of the most significant outcome is that finding scientific evidence jointly is a prerequisite of community development with geothermal resource and a neutral third party is required to design such a participatory arena.

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