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

Living Water & Community Revitalization – An Agricultural-led Action, Engagement and Incubation Programme at Lai Chi Wo (Sustainable Lai Chi Wo Programme)

  • Country: China (Lai Chi Wo, Hong Kong) Eastern Asia
  • Group: Policy for Sustainability Lab of the Faculty of Social Sciences at The University of Hong Kong
Living Water & Community Revitalization – An Agricultural-led Action, Engagement and Incubation Programme at Lai Chi Wo (Sustainable Lai Chi Wo Programme)
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Coastal
  • Group:Forest
  • Group:Water

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Background Hong Kong is a vibrant city located at the south-eastern tip of China, covering a total area of 1106.34km2 with a population of approximately 7.34 million (as at 20...

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Fish farming in Rio das Cobras Indigenous Land, State of Paraná, Brazil

  • Country: Brazil (State of Paraná) South America
  • Group: Universidade Federal da Fronteira Sul (UFFS)
Fish farming in Rio das Cobras Indigenous Land, State of Paraná, Brazil
  • Group:Forest
  • Group:Water

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Background Brazil has immense ethnic and linguistic diversity with a population of Native Americans of 896,000 people within 305 ethnical groups. In the southern state of Para...

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Conserving the giant water bug (Lethocerus indicus) by eco-friendly farming

  • Country: Chinese Taipei (Miaoli County) Eastern Asia
  • Group: Observer Ecological Consultant Company
Conserving the giant water bug (Lethocerus indicus) by eco-friendly farming
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest
  • Group:Water

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Growing TianBie Rice to conserve the giant water bug The TianBie Rice Project was started in 2012, when the Observer Ecological Consultant Co. conducted a wildlife survey, whi...

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Transformations towards sustainability – A SEPL restored by the Gongrong community

  • Country: Chinese Taipei (Sanzhi District of New Taipei City) Eastern Asia
  • Group: SWCB (Soil and Water Conservation Bureau); SWAN (Society for Wildlife and Nature) International; Biodiversity Research Center, National Taiwan University
Transformations towards sustainability – A SEPL restored by the Gongrong community
  • 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 The Gongrong community which manages a 210 ha agricultural production landscape is adjacent to the Yangmingshan Nat...

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Converting pests into allies in tea farming — a SEPL case in Hualien, Taiwan

  • Country: Chinese Taipei (Wuhe Tableland, Rueisuei Township, Hualien County) Eastern Asia
  • Group: SWAN (Society for Wildlife and Nature) International; Taiwan Forestry Research Institute, Council of Agriculture; Biodiversity Research Center, National Taiwan University
Converting pests into allies in tea farming — a SEPL case in Hualien, 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 Hualien, the largest county of Taiwan in terms of land area, is located in the eastern part of the island. With div...

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Natural Agriculture in Zambia: Empowering Farmers, Strengthening Communities, and Regenerating Ecosystems

  • Country: Zambia Southern Africa
  • Group: Shumei International
Natural Agriculture in Zambia: Empowering Farmers, Strengthening Communities, and Regenerating Ecosystems
  • Group:Agricultural

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Background Zambia is a predominantly agricultural society, with the majority of the population relying upon subsistence farming. According to UNICEF, the Gross National Income...

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Facilitating the Development of a “Taiwan Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative” (TPSI), 2014-2017

  • Country: Chinese Taipei Eastern Asia
  • Group: Forestry Bureau, Council of Agriculture, Chinese Taipei National Dong-Hwa University, Chinese Taipei
Facilitating the Development of a “Taiwan Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative” (TPSI), 2014-2017
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Coastal
  • Group:Forest
  • Group:Grass
  • Group:Water

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Background Being small with a large population, Taiwan experiences great pressure in land development. The middle and lower reaches of Taiwan island are mainly occupied with r...

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Strengthening smallholder resilience and improving ecosystem services provision in Indonesia: Experience from Buol District, Central Sulawesi

  • Country: Indonesia (Buol District, Central Sulawesi) South-Eastern Asia
  • Group: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) – Southeast Asia Programme
Strengthening smallholder resilience and improving ecosystem services provision in Indonesia: Experience from Buol District, Central Sulawesi
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Coastal
  • Group:Forest
  • Group:Water

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Introduction [Note: This case study was first published in the Satoyama Initiative Thematic Review vol. 3]\ Smallholder farmers in tropical countries are vulnerable to bio...

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Resin trees: A vital source of the Phnong people’s livelihood in transition in Cambodia

  • Country: Cambodia (Mondulkiri Province) South-eastern Asia
  • Group: Institute of Environmental Rehabilitation and Conservation (ERECON); Tokyo University of Agriculture
Resin trees: A vital source of the Phnong people’s livelihood in transition in Cambodia
  • Group:Forest

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Introduction [Note: This case study was first published in the Satoyama Initiative Thematic Review vol. 3] Mondulkiri province, located in the northeast of Cambodia, is 37...

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Making landscapes work: A case of the Kakum Conservation Area in Ghana

  • Country: Ghana (Central Region) Western Africa
  • Group: Conservation Alliance International
Making landscapes work: A case of the Kakum Conservation Area in Ghana
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Introduction As a means of safeguarding their livelihoods against any potential threats, such as the escalating rate of biodiversity loss, rural communities have devised diffe...

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Coastal communities and livelihoods in a changing world: A comparison of the fisheries and aquaculture sector in Matsushima Bay, Japan and the Salish Sea, Canada / USA

  • Country: Japan, Canada/USA (Matsushima Bay, Japan and Salish Sea, Canada/USA) Eastern Asia, Northern America
  • Group: Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo; Stockholm Resilience Centre
Coastal communities and livelihoods in a changing world: A comparison of the fisheries and aquaculture sector in Matsushima Bay, Japan and the Salish Sea, Canada / USA
  • Group:Coastal

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Introduction: Global trends in livelihoods within the aquaculture and fisheries sector [Note: This case study was first published in the Satoyama Initiative Thematic Review ...

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Human-nature connection and well-being of the H’re indigenous community in production landscapes of Kon Tum Province, Central Highlands of Vietnam

  • Country: Viet Nam (Kon Tum Province) South-eastern Asia
  • Group: Social Policy Ecology Research Institute (SPERI)
Human-nature connection and well-being of the H’re indigenous community in production landscapes of Kon Tum Province, Central Highlands of Vietnam
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Context and challenges This paper is designed to contribute to enhancing knowledge on the linkage between humans and nature of the H’re people in an example of a SEPLS (soci...

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