The Satoyama Development Mechanism (SDM)

The Satoyama Development Mechanism (SDM) is one of the collaborative activities of the International Partnership for Satoyama Initiative (IPSI), jointly established by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) and the Ministry of the Environment of Japan (MOEJ) as a financing mechanism to facilitate the implementation of activities under the IPSI.

  • SDM project selection results
    Results of the SDM 2016 project selection

    The SDM 2016 received a total of 22 applications and the following six were selected, which were deemed the most promising for the implementation and promotion of the concept of the Satoyama Initiative.

    » SDM 2016 Selected Projects

  • Results of the SDM 2015 project selection

    The SDM 2015 received a total of 23 applications and the following six were selected, which were deemed the most promising for the implementation and promotion of the concept of the Satoyama Initiative.

    » SDM 2015 Selected Projects
    » SDM 2015 Booklet (3.1MB)
    » SDM 2015 Leaflet (Japanese) SDM広報資料(日本語) (1.9MB)

  • Results of the SDM 2014 project selection

    The SDM 2014 received a total of 18 applications, of which six have been selected based on their ability to demonstrate their usefulness to other IPSI members in pursuing the sustainable use of socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes (SEPLS).

    » SDM 2014 Selected Projects
    » SDM 2014 Booklet (10.4MB)

  • Results of the SDM 2013 project selection

    In May 2013, IGES, UNU-IAS, and the MOEJ jointly initiated the “Satoyama Development Mechanism (SDM)” as a collaborative activity under IPSI to provide seed funding to promising project proposals from IPSI members.

    For its first year of operations, the SDM 2013 received a total of 19 applications, of which six have been selected based on their ability to demonstrate their usefulness to other IPSI members in pursuing the sustainable use of SEPLS. Among six projects selected, four has been successfully completed.

    » SDM 2013 Selected Projects
    » SDM 2013 Booklet (5.6MB)

About SDM
Objectives of the SDM

The purpose of this mechanism is to facilitate activities in line with the IPSI Strategy and Plan of Action. These activities are expected to contribute to the retention and enhancement of biodiversity in socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes (SEPLS) for achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. The fund aims to help recipients further develop their respective projects to attract additional resources, while also facilitating collaboration among members.

The SDM will provide with a maximum support of approximately 10,000 USD for the implementation of selected projects by IPSI members.

objectives

» For more details on the SDM Objectives (291KB)

Types of projects

One or two projects will be selected under each of these four project types.

» For more details on the Scope of the SDM (291KB)

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Governance of the SDM

The governance structure of SDM is composed of three entities, the Executive Board, the Advisory Group, and the SDM Secretariat.

Executive Board

The Executive Board is the decision-making entity responsible for the implementation of the SDM, including the selection of projects, the review and evaluation of achievements, and dissemination of information on the SDM. It is composed of the following organisations:

  • Ministry of the Environment of Japan (MOEJ)
  • The United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS)
  • The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
Advisory Group

The Advisory Group provides advice on the design of the SDM, on the relevance of SDM to the IPSI Strategy, and on the compilation and dissemination of SDM outcomes. The following members of the Advisory Group have been appointed by the Executive Board.

  • IPSI members with relevant experience and qualification in similar grant management and activities of the CBD, and
  • the Chair of the IPSI Steering Committee.
SDM Secretariat

The SDM is operated by the SDM Secretariat, which is composed of the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) together with the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS).
The SDM Secretariat is responsible for:

  • Coordinating the selection process of the SDM projects,
  • Concluding a contract with the selected project implementing organisations,
  • Channelling SDM funding to the project implementing organisations,
  • Following-up on the monitoring and evaluation of project implementation,
  • Accumulating knowledge from the implemented projects, and
  • Reporting on the above activities to the Executive Board.
Governance structure of the SDM Governance structure of the SDM

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