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

Abrolhos seascape, a field demonstration model

  • Country: Brazil (Caravelas, Bahia) South America
  • Group: Conservation International
Abrolhos seascape, a field demonstration model
  • Group:Coastal

Background The Abrolhos Region is located off the southern coast of the State of Bahia, Brazil (Figure 1). It is an area of 95,000 km2 where the continental shelf extends far into the ocean leaving an area of relatively shallow water (~20-70 meter...

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The Agras field system as a cultural landscape in Galicia (Spain)

  • Country: Spain Southern Europe
  • Group: Universidad de Vigo and Universidad de Santiago de Compostela
The Agras field system as a cultural landscape in Galicia (Spain)

Introduction The main objective of this research is the analysis of the dynamics of traditional agrarian landscape of agras in the Galician community in order to provide data regarding its historic-cultural value, spatio-temporal distribution, as we...

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Small Scale Catchment Management in Malawi

  • Country: Malawi (Chindozwa, northern Malawi) Eastern Africa
  • Group: United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies
Small Scale Catchment Management in Malawi
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest
  • Group:Water

Lake Malawi, the third largest lake in Africa, has the greatest number of endemic fish species in the world and is a biodiversity hotspot. Its rapidly evolving cichlid species are estimated at around 1,000. In particular, the mbuna group of rock...

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Nature-Friendly Agriculture in the State of Queensland, Australia

  • Country: Australia (Queensland) Australia and New Zealand
  • Group: ---
Nature-Friendly Agriculture in the State of Queensland, Australia
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest
  • Group:Water

Australia has a highly advanced agricultural sector and has largely depended economically on the export of agricultural products, despite receiving small amounts of rainfall over most of its territory. This is mainly due to large-scale farm ma...

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Conservation and management of agricultural land by traditional methods in Machida City, Tokyo, Japan

  • Country: Japan (Machida City, Tokyo) Eastern Asia
  • Group: ---
Conservation and management of agricultural land by traditional methods in Machida City, Tokyo, Japan
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has designated approximately 37,000 square metersof the Zushi-Onoji region of Machida City where traditional land uses and agriculture of the yato area are still present as the “Zushi-Onoji Historical and Environme...

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Forest management through community-based forest enterprises in Ixtlan de Juarez, Oaxaca, Mexico

  • Country: Mexico (Juarez, Oaxaca) Central America
  • Group: United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies
Forest management through community-based forest enterprises in Ixtlan de Juarez, Oaxaca, Mexico
  • Group:Forest

In Mexico, deforestation and land degradation due to population growth, past agricultural policies, expansion of the agricultural frontier, over-exploitation, poorly regulated tourism, accelerated economic development, and arbitrary settlement polici...

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Homegardens: sustainable land use systems in Wayanad, Kerala, India

  • Country: India (Wayanad, Kerala) Southern Asia
  • Group: ---
Homegardens: sustainable land use systems in Wayanad, Kerala, India
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest

Wayanad district is part of the Kerala State lying in the southern tip of peninsular India (figure 1). The area falls on the edges of the Deccan plateau and is unique because of its higher elevation (700 to 2100 meters above mean sea level) compared ...

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Town revitalization making the most of natural landscape and traditions of Kanakura Wajima City, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan

  • Country: Japan (Wajima City, Ishikawa Prefecture) Eastern Asia
  • Group: ---
Town revitalization making the most of natural landscape and traditions of Kanakura Wajima City, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest

In Kanakura of Wajima City in Ishikawa Prefecture, efforts are made to carry out ecotourism, promote local specialities, and other activities making most of local landscape and traditional culture.“The non-profit organization, Kanakura School”, a...

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The sustainable use and biodiversity of paddies fields of Louisiana

  • Country: USA (Louisiana) Northern America
  • Group: ---
The sustainable use and biodiversity of paddies fields of Louisiana
  • Group:Agricultural

The United States of America occupies the large continent, its climatic zone extends by the frigid zone from the subtropical zone, and it has a major mountain ranges, expansive prairies and vast rivers, and there are various natural environments. The...

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Living by Utilizing Various Modified Natural Resources in the Solomon Islands

  • Country: Solomon Islands (New Georgia Island, Western Province) Melanesia
  • Group: ---
Living by Utilizing Various Modified Natural Resources in the Solomon Islands
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Coastal
  • Group:Forest

In addition to subsistence activities such as farming, fishing and gathering food from forests, in recent years the residents of the Solomon Islands have been making their livelihoods by obtaining cash through activities such as selling marine resour...

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The Maasai’s shifting modes of subsistence

  • Country: Kenya (Loitokitok, Rift Valley Province) Eastern Africa
  • Group: ---
The Maasai’s shifting modes of subsistence
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Grass

In Loitokitok, Rift Valley province of Kenya, some people of Maasai, nomadic herdsmen whose diet had traditionally been only cow milk and blood, have started farming recently. Severe drought caused by recent climate change is in the background. This ...

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Landscape Management in Germany

  • Country: Germany (Bayern State) Western Europe
  • Group: ---
Landscape Management in Germany
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest
  • Group:Grass

Europe is so developed that the farmland accounts for more than half of the total land use. Therefore, farmland is a significant target area for biodiversity conservation in Europe. This is a field report on farmers, who are “the managers of...

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