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

Kyrgyz Republic: Transhumance in the Northern Mountainous Areas

  • Country: Kyrgyz Republic (Issyk-Kul and Naryn Provinces) Central Asia
  • Group: United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS); Japan Wildlife Research Center (JWRC)
Kyrgyz Republic: Transhumance in the Northern Mountainous Areas
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Grass

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Natural and Social Background [Note: this case study originally appeared in the publication Socio-ecological Production Landscapes in Asia.] The Kyrgyz Republic is a mounta...

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Nepal: Agro-Pastoralism by Sherpa Communities in the North-Eastern Mountains

  • Country: Nepal (Solu-Khumbu District) Southern Asia
  • Group: United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS); Japan Wildlife Research Center (JWRC)
Nepal: Agro-Pastoralism by Sherpa Communities in the North-Eastern Mountains
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Grass

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Background [Note: this case study originally appeared in the publication Socio-ecological Production Landscapes in Asia.] Nepal is a mountainous country in Central Asia si...

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Indonesia: Rice Terrace Landscapes and Irrigation Associations (Subak) in Bali Island

  • Country: Indonesia (Bali) South-eastern Asia
  • Group: United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS); Japan Wildlife Research Center (JWRC)
Indonesia: Rice Terrace Landscapes and Irrigation Associations (Subak) in Bali Island
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Water

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Background [Note: this case study originally appeared in the publication Socio-ecological Production Landscapes in Asia.] Bali is a volcanic island located in the tropics,...

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India: Homegardens in South India and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands

  • Country: India (Kerala State, Tamil Nadu State, Karunataka State and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands) Southern Asia
  • Group: United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS); Japan Wildlife Research Center (JWRC)
India: Homegardens in South India and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands
  • Group:Agricultural

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Natural and Social Background [Note: this case study originally appeared in the publication Socio-ecological Production Landscapes in Asia.] The economy in India has been ...

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Japan: Satoyama focusing on rice cultivation in Noto and Kaga Regions

  • Country: Japan (Ishikawa Prefecture) Eastern Asia
  • Group: United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS); Japan Wildlife Research Center (JWRC)
Japan: Satoyama focusing on rice cultivation in Noto and Kaga Regions
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Natural and Social Background [Note: this case study originally appeared in the publication Socio-ecological Production Landscapes in Asia.] Ishikawa prefecture consists o...

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Iran: Agriculture Using Underground Irrigation Canals in Inland Dry and Semi-dry Zones

  • Country: Iran Southern Asia
  • Group: United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS); Japan Wildlife Research Center (JWRC)
Iran: Agriculture Using Underground Irrigation Canals in Inland Dry and Semi-dry Zones
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Water

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Background [Note: this case study originally appeared in the publication Socio-ecological Production Landscapes in Asia.] The term “qanat” refers to technology that ha...

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China: Rural Communities in Cohabitation with the Crested Ibis in Yang County, Shaanxi Province

  • Country: China (Shaanxi Province) Eastern Asia
  • Group: United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS); Japan Wildlife Research Center (JWRC)
China: Rural Communities in Cohabitation with the Crested Ibis in Yang County, Shaanxi Province
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Water

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Natural and Social Background [Note: this case study originally appeared in the publication Socio-ecological Production Landscapes in Asia.] Yang County is located in the ...

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India: Sacred Forests

  • Country: India Southern Asia
  • Group: United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS); Japan Wildlife Research Center (JWRC)
India: Sacred Forests
  • Group:Forest

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Natural and Social Background [Note: this case study originally appeared in the publication Socio-ecological Production Landscapes in Asia.] Indian society has a multiethn...

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Cambodia: Paddy rice cultivation and freshwater fishing industry in the Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers

  • Country: Cambodia (Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers) South-eastern Asia
  • Group: United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS); Japan Wildlife Research Center (JWRC)
Cambodia: Paddy rice cultivation and freshwater fishing industry in the Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Water

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Background [Note: this case study originally appeared in the publication Socio-ecological Production Landscapes in Asia.] According to the Köppen climate classification, ...

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Sri Lanka: Tank Irrigation Farming in Dry Zones

  • Country: Sri Lanka Southern Asia
  • Group: United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS); Japan Wildlife Research Center (JWRC)
Sri Lanka: Tank Irrigation Farming in Dry Zones
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Water

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Background [Note: this case study originally appeared in the publication Socio-ecological Production Landscapes in Asia.] Sri Lanka is an island country in the Indian Ocea...

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China: Agricultural and Pastoral Landscapes in the Mountainous Districts of the Upper Watershed of the Yangtze River

  • Country: China (Sichuan Province) Eastern Asia
  • Group: United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS); Japan Wildlife Research Center (JWRC)
China: Agricultural and Pastoral Landscapes in the Mountainous Districts of the Upper Watershed of the Yangtze River
  • Group:Agricultural

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Natural and Social Background [Note: this case study originally appeared in the publication Socio-ecological Production Landscapes in Asia.] Anning River, a tributary of Y...

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South Korea: Traditional Rural Landscape “Maeul”

  • Country: Republic of Korea Eastern Asia
  • Group: United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS); Japan Wildlife Research Center (JWRC)
South Korea: Traditional Rural Landscape “Maeul”
  • Group:Agricultural

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Natural and Social Background [Note: this case study originally appeared in the publication Socio-ecological Production Landscapes in Asia.] While the northern part of Sou...

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