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.

29 July 2015: ISAP 2015 Parallel Session “Contributing to regional sustainability and resilience from SEPLS” in Yokohama, Japan

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The United Nations University Institute for Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) held a parallel session on “Satoyama and Sustainable Development:Bridging Project Financing and Knowledge Generation” during the International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific (ISAP 2015) on 29 July 2015 at the Pacifico Yokohama Conference Center in Yokohama, Japan.

A flyer for the event is available for download at this link: ISAP2015PL11Flyer (ENG)draft0. The event is also written up on the IGES website here.

The session’s objectives were:

  1. To establish a common understanding among different stakeholders on the importance of securing and enhancing sustainability and resilience of SEPLS for the implementation of the proposed post-2015 development goals, i.e. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in Asia-Pacific Region.
  2. To enhance attention to and participation in emerging initiatives for bridging finance and knowledge for sustainable and resilient SEPLS.

76 participants attended to hear presentations from experts in SEPLS around Asia and the world, including:

  • Kazuhiko Takeuchi, Senior Vice-Rector, United Nations University (UNU) / Director and Professor, Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S) The University of Tokyo
  • Wataru Suzuki, Senior Coordinator, United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS)
  • Yoko Watanabe, Asia Regional Coordinator of Programs, Global Environment Facility (GEF)
  • Yasushi Hibi, Vice President for Asia Policy / Managing Director for Japan Program, Conservation International
  • Prasert Trakansuphakon, President, Indigenous Knowledge and Peoples (IKAP) Network, Thailand
  • Kazuaki Hoshino, Project Professor, Kagoshima University

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