Sustainable North African Society: Exploring the Seeds and Resources for Innovation

Hiroko Isoda, Marcos Neves and Atsushi Kawachi (Editors)
University of Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan

Series: African Political, Economic, and Security Issues
BISAC: POL053000

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The authors are glad to present this book as a unique overview of the multidisciplinary collaborative research between Japan and North African countries, along the 10-year pathway of the Alliance for Research on North Africa (ARENA) existence at the University of Tsukuba, Japan. Initially, the history of ARENA is briefly described in the first part. Sequentially, four main areas of study are presented: bioresources, water resources, energy resources and human and social development, providing insights of the availability of those resources and related emerging problems, caused by the fast-paced changes in human activities in North Africa during the past decades.

Furthermore, the authors included an appendix with profiles for six North African countries, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco and Mauritania. This book is intended to provide comprehensive information about the biodiversity and natural ecosystems, coupled with a critical point-of-view and future prospective from multidisciplinary contributors, focusing on regional problems and the effective utilization of natural resources, with encouraging suggestions toward working out answers to the question – “Could there be a better future for North African countries?”.

This valuable source of information may be useful to universities, research institutes, governmental and non-governmental organizations among others, ultimately targeting professionals from academia or industry as well as students at different levels. By the advent of ARENA’s 10th Anniversary, it is our utmost objective to strengthen the collaboration between Japan and North African countries, while endeavoring future challenges such as those related to climate changes, global warming, desertification, and scarcity of natural resources.
(Imprint: Nova)

Preface

List of Editors

Contributors

Part I: ARENA Platform

Chapter 1 - Foundation, Development and Significance of ARENA (pp. 3-22)
Tamotsu Tokunaga (University of Tsukuba, Japan)

Part II: Bioresources

Chapter 2 - Overview of Vegetation in North Africa (pp. 25-36)
Kiyokazu Kawada (Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Japan)

Chapter 3 - Towards a Deeper Collaboration of Indigenous Knowledge and Academia through ARENA: Research on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants in Tunisia As a Case Study (pp. 37-48)
Maki Iwasaki (ARENA, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Japan)

Chapter 4 - Identification of 6-Octadecynoic Acid, a Rare Acetylenic Fatty Acid, from a Methanol Extract of Marrubium vulgare L. As a Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor y Agonist (pp. 49-58)
Masaya Nagao, Anna Ohtera, Yusaku Miyamae, Naomi Nakai, Atsushi Kawachi, Kiyokazu Kawada, Junkyu Han, Hiroko Isoda, Mohamed Neffati, Toru Akita, Kazuhiro Maejima, Seiji Masuda, Taiho Kambe, Naoki Mori and Kazuhiro Irie (Graduate School of Biostudies, Kyoto University, Japan and others)

Chapter 5 - Anti-Obesity and Anti-Allergic Effects of Tunisian Olives, Halophytes and Medicinal Plants (pp. 59-68)
Junkyu Han and Hideko Motojima (Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, Alliance for Research on North Africa (ARENA), University of Tsukuba, Japan)

Chapter 6 - Harnessing the Potential of North African and Mediterranean Bioresources for the Regulation of Signal Transduction in Melanogenesis and Cancer Cell Differentiation (pp. 69-78)
Myra Villareal, Junkyu Han, Hideyuki Shigemori, Mohamed Neffati and Hiroko Isoda (Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Japan and others)

Chapter 7 - Neuroprotective Properties of Tunisian Aromatic and Medicinal Plants (pp. 79-86)
Abdelfatteh El Omri, Junkyu Han, Manef Ben Abdrabbah, Mohamed Neffati and Hiroko Isoda (Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, 2Alliance for Research on North Africa (ARENA)University of Tsukuba, Japan1-1-1 Tennodai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan and others)

Chapter 8 - Breeding for Salt and Drought Tolerant Crops in North Africa (pp. 87-102)
Tariq Shehzad and Kazutoshi Okuno (Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Japan)

Chapter 9 - From Natural Resources to Bioactives Delivery Systems (pp. 103-116)
Marcos A. Neves, Zheng Wang, Isao Kobayashi and Mitsutoshi Nakajima (Alliance for Research on North Africa (ARENA), University of Tsukuba, Japan)

Chapter 10 - Regional Development Based on Creation of Innovative Value Chain for Olive Oil between Tunisia and Japan (pp. 117-128)
Kenichi Kashiwagi and Hajime Kamiyama (Alliance for Research on North Africa (ARENA), University of Tsukuba)

Part III: Water Resources

Chapter 11 - Water Resources in Tunisia (pp. 131-138)
Maki Tsujimura, Anis Chekirbane, Atsushi Kawachiand Jamila Tarhouni (Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Japan and others)

Chapter 12 - Issue of Surface Water Resources and Alternative Solutions (pp. 139-148)
Mitsuteru Irie and Jamila Tarhouni (Alliance for Research on North Africa, University of Tsukuba, Japan and others)

Chapter 13 - Reconsidering Modern and Traditional Oases – Productivity and Technical Efficiency of Dates Palm Farmers in Nefzaoua (Southern Tunisia) (pp. 149-162)
Erina Iwasaki and Kenichi Kashiwagi (Alliance for Research on North Africa (ARENA), University of Tsukuba, Japan)

Chapter 14 - Alternative Water Resource – Desalination of Sea Water and Brackish (Salty) Water (pp. 163-176)
Fumio Yokoyama (ARENA, University of Tsukuba, Faculty of Science, Josai University, Japan)

Chapter 15 - Comprehensive Solution and Innovation for the Sustainability of Water Resources (pp. 177-186)
Masamoto Tafu, Tomonori Kawakami, Atushi Manaka, Sho-Ichi Furuyama, Takeshi Toshima and Tetsuji Chohji (National Institute of Technology, Toyama; Faculty of Engineering, Toyama Prefecture University, National Institute of Technology, Toyama, and National Institute of Technology, Kagoshima, Japan)

Part IV: Energy Resources

Chapter 16 - Energy-Related Projects at the University of Tsukuba (pp. 189-192)
Yoshikazu Suzuki and Muhammad Monirul Islam (Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Alliance for Research on North Africa (ARENA), University of Tsukuba)

Chapter 17 - Science and Technology Cooperation between Japan and Algeria Initiated from University of Science and Technology of Oran - Strategy and Current Status of Sahara Solar Breeder (SSB) Plan (pp. 193-198)
Hideomi Koinuma and Amine B. Stambouli (ARENA, Tsukuba University; Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, The University of Tokyo; NICHE, Tohoku University, Japan and others)

Chapter 18 - Determination of Nonradiative Recombination Center in Polycrystalline Cu(In1-xGax)Se2 Thin Films (pp. 199-210)
Katsuhiro Akimoto, Muhammad Monirul Islam, Norimu Hiraoka, Amit Gupta and Takeaki Sakurai (Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences, Alliance for Research on North Africa (ARENA), University of Tsukuba, Tennodai, Tsukuba, Japan and others)

Chapter 19 - Oxide/Oxide Composite Electrodes for Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells (pp. 211-212)
Yoshikazu Suzuki and Yuji Okamoto (Alliance for Research on North Africa (ARENA), University of Tsukuba, Japan)

Chapter 20 - Surface Science for Carbon Electronics Based on Atomistic and Non-Destructive Observations (pp. 213-222)
Masahiro Sasaki and Yoichi Yamada (Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan)

Chapter 21 - Effect of Cu-Dependent Compositional Variation on Polycrystalline CuGaSe2 Thin Films and Solar Cells (pp. 223-238)
Muhammad Monirul Islam, Takeaki Sakurai and Katsuhiro Akimoto (Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences, Alliance for Research on North Africa (ARENA), University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan)

Part V: Human and Social Development

Chapter 22 - ARENA and Research Activities of the Humanities and Social Sciences (pp. 241-244)
Hajime Kamiyama and Kosuke Matsubara (Alliance for Research on North Africa (ARENA), University of Tsukuba, Japan)

Chapter 23 - Global 30 Project and Japanese e-Learning in the University of Tsukuba (pp. 245-256)
Nobuhiko Kitawaki and Yoshimi Nishimura (University of Tsukuba Tunis Office, Tunis and others)

Chapter 24 - Possibility of Establishing Higher Education as an Export Industry in North Africa (pp. 257-266)
Takahiro Morio (Alliance for Research on North Africa (ARENA), University of Tsukuba, Japan)

Chapter 25 - Japanese Cooperation for Evolutional Housing and Slum Upgrading Projects under Mayor Chevallier-Spatial Experience of Gyoji Banshoya in Algiers (pp. 267-284)
Kosuke Matsubara (Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan)

Chapter 26 - The Libyan Economy after the 2011 Revolution -Economic Reform and Future of the Oil-Producing Nation- (pp. 285-296)
Hajime Kamiyama (Alliance for Research on North Africa (ARENA), University of Tsukuba, Japan)

Part VI: Perspectives from Each Other's Point of View

Chapter 27 - Research and Education Activities in ARENA (pp. 299-306)
Atsushi Kawachi, Takahiro Morio, Mitsuteru Irie, Maki Iwasaki, Kenichi Kashiwagi and Hiroko Isoda (University of Tsukuba, Japan)

Chapter 28 - Impact of ARENA on North-African Countries (pp. 307-318)
Moncef Harrabi (Institut National Agronomique de Tunisie, Tunis)

Chapter 29 - S&T and Innovation Initiatives for Shaping the Future (pp. 319-320)
Masui Aizawa

Appendices

Activity Reports of ARENA in North Africa
Egypt - Maki Iwasaki, Libya - Hajime Kamiyama, Tunisia - Takahiro Morio, Akihiko Yahata, Algeria - Hajime Kamiyama and Akihiko Yahata, Morocco - Kiyokazu Kawada, Mauritania - Mitsuteru Irie

Statistic Data of North Africa

Maps of North African Countries

Index

This book is intended to provide comprehensive information about the biodiversity and natural ecosystems, coupled with critical point-of-view and future prospective from multidisciplinary contributors, focusing on regional problems and the effective utilization of natural resources, with encouraging suggestions toward working out answers to the question “Could there be a better future for North African countries?”. This valuable source of information may be useful to universities, research institutes, governmental and non-governmental organizations among others, ultimately targeting professionals from academia or industry as well as students at different levels.

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