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.



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Case Studies

Traditional knowledge for climate resilience: Collaborative strategies to mitigate vulnerability and enhance adaptation of pastoralism to climate change

  • Country: Kyrgyz Republic (Naryn Province) Central Asia
  • Group: “Institute for Sustainable Development Strategy (ISDS)” Public Fund
Traditional knowledge for climate resilience: Collaborative strategies to mitigate vulnerability and enhance adaptation of pastoralism to climate change
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest
  • Group:Grass

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Background Nomadic pastoralism was the predominant way of life in the mountain communities of Kyrgyzstan for centuries. Often described by external observers as a primitive, b...

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Taking care of the elderly as the core of rural transformation in Shangde community, Taitung, Taiwan

  • Country: Chinese Taipei (Donghe township, Taitung County) Eastern Asia
  • Group: SWCB (Soil and Water Conservation Bureau); SWAN (Society for Wildlife and Nature) International
Taking care of the elderly as the core of rural transformation in Shangde community, Taitung, Taiwan
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest
  • Group:Grass
  • Group:Water

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Socioeconomic and environmental characteristics of the area Shangde is a rural community of Donghe Township in Taitung County of eastern Taiwan and is located about 30 km nort...

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Apply Environmental Education to Foster Practices of Satoyama Initiative: Examples of Nature Centers of Forestry Bureau

  • Country: Chinese Taipei Eastern Asia
  • Group: Chinese Society for Environmental Education
Apply Environmental Education to Foster Practices of Satoyama Initiative: Examples of Nature Centers of Forestry Bureau
  • Group:Forest
  • Group:Water

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Background Taiwan has nearly 2.1 million hectares of forest which is a precious asset that covers about 60.71% of the total territory. Chinese Society for Environmental Educat...

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Promoting Under-Forest Economy under the concept of Satoyama Initiative: A Case Study of Wutai Township, Pingtung County, Chinese Taipei

  • Country: Chinese Taipei (Wutai Township, Pingtung County) Eastern Asia
  • Group: National Pingtung University of Science and Technology (NPUST); Forestry Bureau, Council of Agriculture, Executive Yuan, Chinese Taipei; Ministry of Education, Chinese Taipei; National Dong-Hwa University (NDHU), Chinese Taipei; Taiwan Forestry Research Institute, Council of Agriculture, Executive Yuan, Chinese Taipei
Promoting Under-Forest Economy under the concept of Satoyama Initiative: A Case Study of Wutai Township, Pingtung County, Chinese Taipei
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Background Forests are of great importance to humans and animals. Forests can fulfil numerous important functions, including homing to people, native plants and animals, c...

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The contribution of chestnut orchard recovery projects for effective area-based conservation: Two cases in Asturias (North-West Spain)

  • Country: Spain (Asturias) Southern Europe
  • Group: ECOAGRASOC. Higher Polytechnic School. University of Santiago de Compostela; GIS-Forest Research Group, Universidad de Oviedo; Department of Geography, Swansea University
The contribution of chestnut orchard recovery projects for effective area-based conservation: Two cases in Asturias (North-West Spain)
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Country Spain Province Asturias District Caranga Baxu (Proaza)/ Villamorei (Sobrescobio) Size of geographical area 1 146,22 hectares Number of ind...

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Sustainable use of biodiversity in socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes (SEPLS) and its contribution to effective area-based conservation: the case of Kaya forests on the Kenyan Coast

  • Country: Kenya (Coast Region) Eastern Africa
  • Group: Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI)
Sustainable use of biodiversity in socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes (SEPLS) and its contribution to effective area-based conservation: the case of Kaya forests on the Kenyan Coast
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Coastal
  • Group:Forest

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Country Kenya Province/Region Coast District/County Rabai Size of geographical area 1 1,224,600 hectares Number of indirect beneficiaries 2 128,4...

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Contributions of Socio-Ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes to the achievement of Aichi Biodiversity Target 11 in the Group of Like-Minded Megadiverse Countries

  • Country: Global Global
  • Group: Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD)
Contributions of Socio-Ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes to the achievement of Aichi Biodiversity Target 11 in the Group of Like-Minded Megadiverse Countries
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Coastal
  • Group:Forest
  • Group:Grass
  • Group:Water

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Introduction The functional integrity and health of ecosystems within protected areas is dependent not only on the protection provided but also on the ecological, economic and...

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Ensuring conservation, good governance and sustainable livelihoods through landscape management of mangrove ecosystems in Manabí, Ecuador

  • Country: Ecuador (Manabí Province) South America
  • Group: Fundación para la Investigación y Desarrollo Social (FIDES); Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES); Conservation International Japan
Ensuring conservation, good governance and sustainable livelihoods through landscape management of mangrove ecosystems in Manabí, Ecuador
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Coastal
  • Group:Forest

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here.   Country Ecuador Province Manabí District Sucre and Portoviejo Size of geographical area 1 11.886 hectares Number of indirect beneficiar...

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Tree Microrefugia and Community-based Conservation in Tropandean Mountainscapes: A Bio-Cultural Approach for Heritage Management of “El Collay” Protected Forest in Southeastern Ecuador

  • Country: Ecuador (Azuay and Morona Santiago Provinces) South America
  • Group: Neotropical Montology Collaboratory, Department of Geography, University of Georgia
Tree Microrefugia and Community-based Conservation in Tropandean Mountainscapes: A Bio-Cultural Approach for Heritage Management of “El Collay” Protected Forest in Southeastern Ecuador
  • Group:Forest

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Note:  We write Scientific and Kichwa words in italics, Spanish names with ‘single quotation marks’ while emphasis or alternative meaning with “double quotation” mar...

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Conservation on Private Lands Integrating Sustainable Production and Biodiversity in the Mid Dagua River Basin, Colombia

  • Country: Colombia (Dagua, Valle del Cauca Province) South America
  • Group: Corporación Ambiental y Forestal del Pacífico (CORFOPAL); Social and Environmental Sense (SENSE)
Conservation on Private Lands Integrating Sustainable Production and Biodiversity in the Mid Dagua River Basin, Colombia
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here.   Country Colombia Province Valle del Cauca District Middle Dagua river basin Size of geographical area 1 57.220 hectares Number of indire...

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Perceptions of resilience, collective action and natural resources management in socio-ecological production landscapes in East Africa

  • Country: Uganda (Central Region); Tanzania (Tanga Region) Eastern Africa
  • Group: Bioversity International; National Museums of Kenya; Arizona State University; National Agricultural Research Organization; Graduate Program in Ecology and Biodiversity; São Paulo State University (UNESP)
Perceptions of resilience, collective action and natural resources management in socio-ecological production landscapes in East Africa
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here.   Country Uganda Province Central Region of Uganda District Rakai Size of geographical area 1 3,351.5 Km2 Number of indirect beneficiaries...

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Building up Multi-stakeholder Cross-sector Partnerships for the ‘Xinshe Forest-River-Village-Sea Ecoagriculture Initiative’ in Eastern Rural Taiwan

  • Country: Chinese Taipei (Xinshe village, Hualien county) Eastern Asia
  • Group: National Dong-Hwa University; Hualien District Agricultural Research and Extension Station, Council of Agriculture; Hualien Forest District Office, Forestry Bureau, Council of Agriculture; Hualien Branch, Soil and Water Conservation Bureau, Council of Agriculture; Kavalan Xinshe Community Association; Amis Dipit Community Association
Building up Multi-stakeholder Cross-sector Partnerships for the ‘Xinshe Forest-River-Village-Sea Ecoagriculture Initiative’ in Eastern Rural Taiwan
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Coastal
  • Group:Forest

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. [caption id="attachment_15588" align="alignnone" width="600"] Rice paddies near Xinshe settlement and the east coast (Photo by Vision Way Communication Co., LTD)[/caption] B...

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