International Satoyama Intiative

IPSI, the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative, promotes collaboration in the conservation and restoration of sustainable human-influenced natural environments (Socio-Ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes: SEPLS) through broader global recognition of their value.

24 March 2015: Public Symposium: “Satoumi in Noto Peninsula” in Kanazawa, Japan

A public seminar was held on 24 March 2015 at Kanazawa Bunka Hall in Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan, titled “Satoumi in Noto Peninsula”, organized by the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability Operating Unit Ishikawa / Kanazawa (UNU-IAS OUIK). Satoumi is a Japanese word referring to the local type of socio-ecological production seascape.

The Noto Peninsula is designated as a Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) site incorporating a large number of satoumi seascapes. The seminar featured presentations by a variety of local stakeholders including fishers, business owners and researchers, all of whom are working together to promote sustainable resources management in the peninsula.

The event was also intended to serve as the kick-off of a new “Satoumi Movement”, proposed by UNU-IAS OUIK, which will include seminars, further research and awareness-raising. Collaboration with those involved in this movement could be an opportunity to strengthen IPSI’s engagement with work being done in seascapes.

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