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/
25 March 2021
Announcing the new SDM website!
The new SDM website is now live. Please access to https://sdm.satoyama-initiative.org/
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:
- “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).
IGES and START Sign Collaboration Agreement to Advance the Circulating and Ecological Sphere (CES) Concept in Asia
Presentation at the Annual Earth League Workshop
【ISAP2020】The 12th International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific “Just Transitions Toward Sustainable Societies in Asia and the Pacific: Building forward better for our future beyond COVID-19”
The 12th International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific, ISAP2020, will be held online by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) from 9 to 13 November and on 30 November 2020.