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)*. 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:



25 March 2021
Announcing the new SDM website!

The new SDM website is now live. Please access to
Please note that the updates will be only reflected on the new website from now on.

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:


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