About the Satoyama Initiative
The Satoyama Initiative is a comprehensive effort to create awareness that the conservation of both wild and human-influenced natural environments, such as farmland and secondary forest, which have been maintained sustainably over a long time, entails the protection of biodiversity. The Initiative is also an effort to promote thoughtful action towards the conservation and use of such human-influenced natural environments, known as “socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes” (SEPLS).
The Satoyama Initiative was established through joint collaboration between the Ministry of the Environment of Japan (MOEJ) and the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), and was recognized by the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) during its 10th meeting (COP 10) in 2010. From its inception, the Satoyama Initiative has taken a global perspective and sought to consolidate expertise from around the world regarding the sustainable management and use of SEPLS.
This international effort promotes activities consistent with existing fundamental principles including the Ecosystem Approach. The International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI) is a partnership made up of 210 (as of June 2017) member organizations dedicated to working together to realize societies in harmony with nature. IPSI was established in 2010 in order to undertake and facilitate a broad range of activities to implement the concepts of the Satoyama Initiative by diverse stakeholders.
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IGES’ engagement in the Satoyama Initiative
Indicators of Resilience in Socio-Ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes
The “Indicators of Resilience in Socio-ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes” is a unique tool developed for engaging local communities in adaptive management of the SEPLS in which they live. This set of indicators is useful for NGOs, development agencies, and policy-makers working on biodiversity conservation and sustainable development with local communities, and for the communities themselves, to understand and then increase their capacity to endure in the face of social, economic, and environmental pressures. In other words, using the indicators to assess resilience in socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes, local communities and other stakeholders engage in active analysis and discussion of how to manage natural resources, foster the well-being of the community and other stakeholders, and ultimately improve resilience in these landscapes and seascapes.
Documentary video (14 min.)
“Guardians of Ecuador’s dry forest - A story of resilience”
Instruction video (16 min.)
“How to use ‘Indicators of Resilience in Socio-ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes’”
This publication provides practical guidance for making use of the “Indicators of Resilience in Socio-ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes (SEPLS)” in the field. By using the tested methods presented in this toolkit, communities can increase their capacity to respond to social, economic, and environmental pressures and shocks, to improve their environmental and economic conditions, thus increasing the social and ecological resilience of their landscapes and seascapes, and ultimately making progress towards realizing a society in harmony with nature.
“Supporting tool to develop and implement resilience-strengthening strategies: Toolkit for the indicators of resilience in socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes (SEPLS)”
(Paper presented at the International Conference on Building Resilience and Developing Sustainability (ICBRDS) in the University of the Philippines, Baguio, by Ikuko Matsumoto, IGES on January 15, 2015, Baguio, the Philippines)
The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) together with Conservation International Japan (CI Japan) and the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), as the executive unit, launched a global project, the "GEF-Satoyama Project".
The Global Environment Facility (GEF)-funded project titled “Mainstreaming Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Management in Priority Socio-Ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes” (“GEF-Satoyama Project” in short) aims to contribute to realising societies in harmony with nature, by promoting sustainable primary production sector activities based on traditional and modern wisdom, and making significant contributions to global targets for conservation of biological diversity. The GEF-Satoyama Project is implemented by Conservation International’s CI-GEF Project Agency and executed by Conservation International Japan in cooperation with UNU-IAS, in its role as the Secretariat of the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI), and IGES.
The GEF-Satoyama Project has three main components: a) field-level demonstration of sustainable management of biodiversity and ecosystems services in “high-value production landscapes and seascapes”, located in biodiversity hotspots, through subgrants; b) knowledge generation and management for SEPLS and developing analytical and training content for a range of stakeholders; and c) capacity building and inter-sectoral collaboration for ensuring social and ecological values in priority SEPLS. These components are inter-related sets of activities that inform each other. IGES leads the second component on knowledge generation with a specific analytical focus on three themes: the values of ecosystems, particularly for local communities, the traditional and local knowledge of these communities, and the governance schemes responsible for the management of these ecosystems. IGES has also contributed to the GEF-Satoyama Project by organising the above training workshops on the Indicators of Resilience in SEPLS and compiling lessons learned from the use the indicators by sub-grantees under the third component.
The Satoyama Development Mechanism (SDM)
The Satoyama Development Mechanism (SDM) is one of the collaborative activities of the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI), and was 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 as a financing mechanism to facilitate the implementation of activities under IPSI.
Satoyama Initiative Thematic Review
The “Satoyama Initiative Thematic Review” is a yearly publication series, comprising a compilation of IPSI case studies providing knowledge and lessons related to “socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes (SEPLS)”. It aims to collect experiences and relevant knowledge, especially from practitioners working on the ground, taking advantage of their potential for providing concrete and practical knowledge and information as well as contributing to policy recommendations. This publication also includes a synthesis chapter produced to clarify its relevance to policy and academic discussion and to help make lessons learned practical in the field.
Satoyama Initiative Thematic Review, Vol. 2:
Satoyama Initiative Thematic Review, Vol. 1:
- “From collective learning to action. Integrated landscape approaches for sustainable development and climate change resilience.” IGES Natural Resources and Ecosystem Services Area Knowledge-Action Linkage Issue Brief. (IGES 2016)
- “Generating collective knowledge on the conservation, management and sustainable use of socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes.” Report (UNU-IAS & IGES 2015)
- Factsheet of the Satoyama Initiative (2013) Factsheet
- “Contributions of the Satoyama Initiative to mainstreaming sustainable use of biodiversity in production landscapes and seascapes” (IGES 2013) Report