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

Socio-Ecological Landscape Change as a Preamble to Mountainous Urban Watershed Rejuvenation, Kanshi of the Jhelum River Basin, Potohar Plateau, Pakistan

  • Country: Pakistan Southern Asia
  • Group: Centre for Integrated Mountain Research (CIMR), University of the Punjab, Pakistan
Socio-Ecological Landscape Change as a Preamble to Mountainous Urban Watershed Rejuvenation, Kanshi of the Jhelum River Basin, Potohar Plateau, Pakistan
  • Group:Water

INTRODUCTION  The rejuvenation of watershed areas is crucial as they are water supply sources for socio-ecological production landscape developments also in downstream command areas. About 100 years ago, the Pakistan was considered as an agricultur...

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A Multi-Dimensional Assessment of Ecosystems and Ecosystem Services in Barshong, Bhutan

  • Country: Bhutan (Barshong Gewog (sub-districts) in Tsirang Dzongkhag (district), located in the south-central part of Bhutan) Southern Asia
  • Group: Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN); International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Nepal
A Multi-Dimensional Assessment of Ecosystems and Ecosystem Services in Barshong, Bhutan
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest
  • Group:Grass
  • Group:Water

Executive Summary Occupying nearly 24% of the world’s land surface, mountains are home to 12% of the global population and provide a wide range of goods and services to one-fifth of humanity. The goods and services provided include water, hydroele...

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Indicator species for agrobiodiversity in rice paddy fields: Research and its application in eastern rural Taiwan

  • Country: Chinese Taipei (Hualien County) Eastern Asia
  • Group: Hualien District Agricultural Research and Extension Station (HDARES), Council of Agriculture, Taiwan
Indicator species for agrobiodiversity in rice paddy fields: Research and its application in eastern rural Taiwan
  • Group:Agricultural

Introduction Paddy is one of the major crops in the monsoon Asia. Through environmentally friendly farming and proper management of paddy fields, the biodiversity in the socio-ecological production landscapes (SEPLs) can be revitalised and conserved...

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To leave the satoyama culture for the future using Sakihama as an example

  • Country: Japan (Iwate Prefecture) Eastern Asia
  • Group: The Commemorative Foundation for the International Garden and Greenery Exposition, Osaka, Japan, 1990 (Expo ‘90 Foundation)
To leave the satoyama culture for the future using Sakihama as an example
  • Group:Coastal

1. Overview of the Sakihama district (1) Location and land use The Sakihama district is located east of Okirai, in the town of Sanriku, that is about 20 kilometers from the center of the city of Ofunato. The Kobezaki Lighthouse marks the easternmo...

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The Common Mountain Pastures in The Velika Planina Plateau

  • Country: Slovenia (Upper Carniola) Southern Europe
  • Group: Research Centre of Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Art (ZRC SAZU), Anton Melik Geographical Institute
The Common Mountain Pastures in The Velika Planina Plateau
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Grass

Mountain pastures in Slovenia Mountain pasturing in Slovenia is primarily linked to the Alps. They occur mainly in previously forested areas, with a few also at and above the tree line (Ringler 2009). The oldest written records of mountain pasturing...

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Facilitating biological and freshwater resource conservation by agricultural activities at Gongliao-Hoho-Terraced-Paddy-Fields, Taiwan

  • Country: Taiwan (Xinbei City) Eastern Asia
  • Group: Environmental Ethics Foundation of Taiwan (EEFT)
Facilitating biological and freshwater resource conservation by agricultural activities at Gongliao-Hoho-Terraced-Paddy-Fields, Taiwan
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Water

1. Background Gongliao located at the rainy low-elevated hill area in the Northern-Eastern Taiwan. Over the past 160 years, numerous farmers had built thousands of hectares of terraced paddy fields in the winding Shuangxi River Valley. However, th...

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Wa Wiizi – Wa Kaduzu: Our Territory – Our Custom

  • Country: Guyana (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) South America
  • Group: 1. South Central People's Development Organisation, 2. Forest Peoples Programme
Wa Wiizi – Wa Kaduzu: Our Territory – Our Custom
  • Group:Forest
  • Group:Grass

Sustainable use provisions under article 10(c) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) require States Parties to ...” protect and encourage customary use of biological resources in accordance with traditional cultural practices that a...

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Resuscitating the Sundarbans: Customary Use of Biodiversity & Traditional Cultural Practices in Bangladesh

  • Country: Bangladesh (Khulna Division) Southern Asia
  • Group: 1) Unnayan Onneshan 2) Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA) 3) Forest People Programme (FPP) 4) Nijera kori
Resuscitating the Sundarbans: Customary Use of Biodiversity & Traditional Cultural Practices in Bangladesh
  • Group:Forest
  • Group:Water

This Study is a collaborative action research activity participated in by community members. It explores the nature of the Sundarban Reserve Forest, and the strategies for biodiversity conservation and sustainable use as well as the qualitative p...

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Indigenous Knowledge, Customary Use of natural Resources and Sustainable Biodiversity Management: Case Study of Hmong and Karen Communities in Thailand

  • Country: Thailand (Chomthong District, Chiang Mai Province) South-Eastern Asia
  • Group: 1) Inter-Mountain Peoples’ Education and Culture in Thailand Association (IMPECT) 2) Forest Peoples Programme
Indigenous Knowledge, Customary Use of natural Resources and Sustainable Biodiversity Management: Case Study of Hmong and Karen Communities in Thailand
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest

This research project studied the sustainable, customary use of biological resources by highland communities in Northern Thailand. It was undertaken with the objectives of studying the knowledge, customs, and traditions practiced by the Hmong a...

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Mountain pasture management in the Sölktäler Nature Park

  • Country: Austria (Styria) Western Europe
  • Group: University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU), in collaboration with the Sölktäler Nature Park
Mountain pasture management in the Sölktäler Nature Park
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Grass

Austria is a country of mountains. Around 70% of its federal territory, more than 50% of its total agriculturally utilised land (BMLFUW 2014A) and 38.4% of the agricultural holdings (STATISTIK AUSTRIA 2012) are located in mountainous areas. Mountai...

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Hokusetsu Satoyama Leader Training Session

  • Country: Japan (Hyogo Prefecture) Eastern Asia
  • Group: Hokusetsu Satoyama Museum Steering Council
Hokusetsu Satoyama Leader Training Session

Introduction Throughout the history of Japan, many people have received the blessings of satoyama forests, thanked them, and lived along with them. The relationship between Japanese people and satoyama has helped foster their wealthy imaginati...

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Dong People’s Rice-Fish-Duck Symbiotic System in China

  • Country: China (Congjiang County) Eastern Asia
  • Group: College of Life and Environmental Sciences, Minzu University of China; Nanjing Institute of Environmental Science, Ministry of Environmental Protection of China
Dong People’s Rice-Fish-Duck Symbiotic System in China
  • Group:Agricultural

1.      Background China is a large agricultural country, with the rapid development of economy and science and technology, and thousands of years of traditional agricultural production methods will soon be replaced by modern agricultural metho...

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