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.

3 May 2016: CBD SBI-1 Side Event “Strategic actions to enhance implementation of the CBD: recent experiences of the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative in Africa and Asia”

The United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), which serves as the IPSI Secretariat, in collaboration with the Ministry of the Environment of Japan and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), held a side event at the First Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD SBI-1) on Tuesday, 3 May 2016, focusing on activities carried out under the Satoyama Initiative for improving the knowledge base and influencing policy processes toward mainstreaming biodiversity as well as sustainable livelihoods in various sectors.

The event was titled “Strategic actions to enhance implementation of the CBD: recent experiences of the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative in Africa and Asia”, and featured presentations on enhancing implementation of the CBD at various levels, from local to global, in light of experiences of IPSI in those regions. The Satoyama Initiative Regional Workshop in Africa was held in August 2015 in Accra, Ghana to share experiences and ideas about the status of socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes in Africa and what should be done for their improvement. In January 2016, UNU-IAS in its role as IPSI Secretariat organized the Sixth IPSI Global Conference (IPSI-6) in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Speakers presented their experiences and results of these events and other activities of IPSI, as well as practical recommendations for further implementation of the CBD.

Programme:

The programme of the event was as follows (presentation files included):

William Dunbar (UNU-IAS) “Introduction to the Satoyama Initiative and recent developments

Prof. Alfred Oteng-Yeboah (Ghana National Biodiversity Committee) “Satoyama Initiative Regional Workshop in Africa 2015 and Recent Developments in Africa

Ms. Somaly Chan (Ministry of Environment, Cambodia) “The Sixth Global Conference of the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI-6), and other Updates from Cambodia

Expert comments:

Ms. Fumiko Nakao (Ministry of the Environment, Japan)

Dr. Senka Barudanovic (University of Sarajevo)