The Satoyama Development Mechanism (SDM) is one of the collaborative activities of the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI)*. The SDM was established jointly 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). It serves as a financing mechanism to facilitate the implementation of activities under IPSI.
* Information on other IPSI Collaborative Activities are available here: https://satoyama-initiative.org/activities/
Key messages from SDM projects
The Satoyama Development Mechanism (SDM) was established in 2013 to promote activities in line with the Strategy and Plan of Action of the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI). The SDM provides seed funding to promising projects proposed by IPSI members. The SDM has been selecting six projects every year since its start in 2013, bringing the total number to 42 in 2019. The grant recipients have so far reported outstanding achievements. The five projects that have so far been completed in 2019 had the following experiences to share:
- “Flexibility” is important to adapt to the changing environment, as well as being able to work with different partners or looking for other optimal project funds, to achieve the goal (Deutscher Verband für Landschaftspflege e.V., Germany).
- The existing local governance system needs to be strengthened and made aware of the importance of conserving the production landscapes in order to take concrete actions (M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, India).
- When creating instructional materials intended for a specific audience, it is always important to have user involvement (University of the Philippines Open University, Philippines).
- Upland smallholders’ vulnerability to socio-economic shocks could drive further environmental degradation through short-term intensive farming practices. Adaptation to such vulnerability requires a holistic approach that takes into account local livelihood and landscape integrity. (World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), Indonesia).
- Improving the knowledge of indigenous and local communities and building their capacity is a better way to reassure them of their responsibility and increase their influence in monitoring and conservation of SEPLS (Amis de l’Afrique Francophone-Benin (AMAF-BENIN), Benin).