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

Mongolia: Nomadic Pastoralism in the Mongolian Plateau

  • Country: Mongolia Eastern Asia
  • Group: United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS); Japan Wildlife Research Center (JWRC)
Mongolia: Nomadic Pastoralism in the Mongolian Plateau
  • 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.] Mongolia is among the countrie...

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Oman: Use and Management of Frankincense Trees in the Dhofar Region

  • Country: Oman (Dhofar Region) Western Asia
  • Group: United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS); Japan Wildlife Research Center (JWRC)
Oman: Use and Management of Frankincense Trees in the Dhofar Region
  • 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.] Oman is located in the southeast of the Arabian P...

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Iraq: Traditional Agriculture by Marsh Arabs in the Southern Marshes

  • Country: Iraq Western Asia
  • Group: United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS); Japan Wildlife Research Center (JWRC)
Iraq: Traditional Agriculture by Marsh Arabs in the Southern Marshes
  • 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.] Iraq’s southern marshes (Mesopotamian marshes) ...

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Vietnam: Use of Natural Resources in the Central Mountainous District

  • Country: Viet Nam South-eastern Asia
  • Group: United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS); Japan Wildlife Research Center (JWRC)
Vietnam: Use of Natural Resources in the Central Mountainous District
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Backgrounds [Note: this case study originally appeared in the publication Socio-ecological Production Landscapes in Asia.] The central mountainous district in Vietnam cons...

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Syria: Olive Cultivation on Hilly Land in the Northwestern Part of the Country and along its Mediterranean Coast

  • Country: Syria (Aleppo, Idlib, Lattakia, and Tartous governorates) Western Asia
  • Group: United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS); Japan Wildlife Research Center (JWRC)
Syria: Olive Cultivation on Hilly Land in the Northwestern Part of the Country and along its Mediterranean Coast
  • Group:Agricultural

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.] Olives are one of the world’s oldest fruit tree...

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Saudi Arabia: Grazing and Oasis Agriculture along the Northern Coastal Region of the Red Sea

  • Country: Saudi Arabia (Northern Red Sea coastal region) Western Asia
  • Group: United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS); Japan Wildlife Research Center (JWRC)
Saudi Arabia: Grazing and Oasis Agriculture along the Northern Coastal Region of the Red Sea
  • Group:Agricultural

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.] Saudi Arabia, which occupies most of the Arabian ...

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Myanmar: Mangrove Forests in the Ayeyarwady Delta

  • Country: Myanmar (Ayeyarwady Delta) South-eastern Asia
  • Group: United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS); Japan Wildlife Research Center (JWRC)
Myanmar: Mangrove Forests in the Ayeyarwady Delta
  • Group:Coastal
  • Group:Forest
  • 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.] A mangrove ecosystem is a comm...

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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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