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

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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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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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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Enhancing livelihoods of Lake Victoria fisher folk through control of the predator Nile perch in Uganda

  • Country: Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya (Lake Victoria) Eastern Africa
  • Group: Environmental Protection Information Centre (EPIC)
Enhancing livelihoods of Lake Victoria fisher folk through control of the predator Nile perch in Uganda
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest
  • Group:Water

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. [caption id="attachment_14860" align="alignnone" width="600"] Figure 1. Map of Lake Victoria basin (Source: https://practicalconservationmanagementwikispaces.com/lake+victori...

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Sustainable fishing practices and a unique fishermen’s community in the Orbetello Lagoon, Italy

  • Country: Italy (Tuscany) Southern Europe
  • Group: Associazione Grani Antichi (Ancient Grains Association) Montespertoli
Sustainable fishing practices and a unique fishermen’s community in the Orbetello Lagoon, Italy
  • Group:Coastal
  • Group:Water

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Ecosystem management history A long history of lagoon management Situated in Central Italy, in Southern Tuscany, the lagoon of Orbetello is a unique ecosystem connected to th...

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Conservation and restoration actions in a Dry Forest ecosystem in the Santa Rosa Watershed, Colombia

  • Country: Colombia (San José del Salado, Dagua Municipality, Cauca Valley Department) South America
  • Group: Corporación Ambiental y Forestal del Pacífico (CORFOPAL)
Conservation and restoration actions in a Dry Forest ecosystem in the Santa Rosa Watershed, Colombia
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Background One of the main environmental threats for Colombia (and the world) is the irrational use of natural resources, which leads to the degradation of ecosystems and the ...

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Cultural-Based Policy for Sustainable Landscape in Kasepuhan Ciptagelar

  • Country: Indonesia (West Java) South-eastern Asia
  • Group: UNESCAP-CAPSA
Cultural-Based Policy for Sustainable Landscape in Kasepuhan Ciptagelar
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Climate change risking Indonesian farmers in deciding plantation’s timeline and avoiding crop failures. Additionally, Indonesia relies on rice as a staple food, requiring mo...

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Green Conservation Program: A System for Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Agriculture in Taiwan

  • Country: Chinese Taipei (Guantian District) Eastern Asia
  • Group: Tse-Xin Organic Agriculture Foundation
Green Conservation Program: A System for Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Agriculture in Taiwan
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Water

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Introduction A growing movement has emerged for holistic and integrated approaches to sustainable development. In efforts to guide humanity to live in harmony with nature, and...

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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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