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

Restoration of Community Deforested Forests for Mitigation of Negative Effects of Climate Change Mpigi-Uganda

  • Country: Uganda (Mpigi, Central Uganda) Eastern Africa
  • Group: Civil Society Organizations’ Network for Sustainable Agriculture and Environment in East Africa (CISONET)
Restoration of Community Deforested Forests for Mitigation of Negative Effects of Climate Change Mpigi-Uganda
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest

The rate of environmental degradation in Mpigi district has been gradually increasing over time and some areas, which were originally forested, have been made bare by the inhabitants of the areas as a result of cutting down trees for timber and fuel ...

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Community Development to Live in Harmony with the Oriental White Stork in Toyooka City, Hyogo, Japan

  • Country: Japan (Toyooka City, Hyogo Prefecture) Eastern Asia
  • Group: Toyooka City
Community Development to Live in Harmony with the Oriental White Stork in Toyooka City, Hyogo, Japan
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest
  • Group:Water

1 Regional Profile Toyooka City is located in the northeast part of Hyogo Prefecture. It is bordered by Kyoto Prefecture in the east and the Sea of Japan in the north, and was formed by merging Toyooka City, Kinosaki Town, Takeno Town, Hidaka Town...

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Observation of functioning of Kanchenjunga Conservation Area (KCA): the region’s first community owned conservation area

  • Country: Nepal (Taplejung District) Southern Asia
  • Group: Wildlife Watch Group (WWG)
Observation of functioning of Kanchenjunga Conservation Area (KCA): the region’s first community owned conservation area
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest
  • Group:Grass

Kanchanjunga Conservation Area (KCA) lies within 670.45’-880.15’ East longitude and 270.30’-280.00 North latitude and located in the Northeastern corner of Nepal. The Kanchenjunga Conservation Area (KCA) located at the north-eastern part of ...

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Socio-ecological production landscapes in Cuchillas del Toa Biosphere Reserve

  • Country: Republic of Cuba (Cuchillas del Toa Biophere Reserve (RBCT)) Caribbean
  • Group: Bioversity International, Institute of Fundamental Researches on Tropical Agriculture (INIFAT)
Socio-ecological production landscapes in Cuchillas del Toa Biosphere Reserve
  • Group:Agricultural

Introduction Nowadays the world population is estimated to number 7 billion, and perhaps, will reach more than 9 billion in this century. In order to survive as a species on a finite planet, human beings must learn to integrate more harmon...

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Landscape conservation in the Black Forest, Germany

  • Country: Germany (Baden-Württemberg) Western Europe
  • Group: German Association for Landcare (Deutscher Verband für Landschaftspflege, DVL) in cooperation with Landcare Association Central Black Forest (Landschaftsentwicklungsverband Mittlerer Schwarzwald e.V., LACBF)
Landscape conservation in the Black Forest, Germany
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest
  • Group:Grass

 Regional background of the Black Forest (Pic. 1: Cultural landscape in the Black Forest, photographer: Hans Page) The Black Forest is located in the southeast of Germany, Central Europe. In former times Europe and the region of the Bla...

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Land use change in Uganda’s drylands, impacts, and opportunities for enhancing livelihood sustainability

  • Country: Uganda Eastern Africa
  • Group: Nature and Livelihoods
Land use change in Uganda’s drylands, impacts, and opportunities for enhancing livelihood sustainability
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Grass
  • Group:Water

Introduction There are three major categories of drylands: Arid zones with rainfall of 200-500 mm/year, Semi-arid zones which receive 500-1000 mm of rainfall/year, and Dry sub-humid zones with 1000-1500 mm rainfall/year (UNDP, UNEP & UNCCD...

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Assessment of Lentic-Lotic Basin Biodiversity Improvement through a Cyclic Platform Process of Management

  • Country: --- Global
  • Group: International Lake Environment Committee Foundation (ILEC)
Assessment of Lentic-Lotic Basin Biodiversity Improvement through a Cyclic Platform Process of Management
  • Group:Water

I. Introduction The riparian and watershed basins of lentic-lotic (e.g., lake-river, pond-stream, wetland-feeder river) systems are among the most bio-diverse ecosystems on the globe, and they have been facing serious threats of degradation. T...

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Community Forest Restoration for the Integrated Management of Lake Chapala Basin

  • Country: Mexico (Lake Chapala Basin) Central America
  • Group: International Lake Environment Committee Foundation (ILEC), and Corazon de la Tierra A.C. (Heart of the Earth), Mexico
Community Forest Restoration for the Integrated Management of Lake Chapala Basin
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest
  • Group:Grass
  • Group:Water

Introduction             The Lake Chapala basin includes the water body of same name, the largest one in Mexico and the third in size in Latin America (Figure 1). Most of forest ecosystems at the basin present degraded areas derived o...

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Governance at Community Level for Conserving Himalayan Lake Rupa in Kaski District of Nepal

  • Country: Nepal (Kaski District) Southern Asia
  • Group: International Lake Environment Committee Foundation (ILEC)
Governance at Community Level for Conserving Himalayan Lake Rupa in Kaski District of Nepal
  • Group:Water

Background The Himalayan lakes refer to all lakes that are fed either directly or indirectly with water outsourced from the Himalaya irrespective to any shapes and sizes of lakes in varying geography in Nepal (Pokharel and Nakamura 2011). ‘...

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Ujjani Reservoir: People’s Initiative for Protection of Water Quality

  • Country: India (Maharashtra) Southern Asia
  • Group: International Lake Environment Committee Foundation (ILEC) and Shrishti Eco-Research Institute
Ujjani Reservoir: People’s Initiative for Protection of Water Quality
  • Group:Water

Introduction In a decade, water quality of 7 rivers of Pune – namely Mula, Mutha, Pawana, Indrayani, Ram, Ambil and Nagzari deteriorated over the period of time with respect to two critical parameters – Dissolved Oxygen (very important of life i...

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Integrated Lake Basin Management (ILBM), Impacts on Biodiversity and Child Malnutrition: A Case Study of Tribal Belt in Western Part of India

  • Country: India (Maharashtra) Southern Asia
  • Group: International Lake Environment Committee Foundation (ILEC)
Integrated Lake Basin Management (ILBM), Impacts on Biodiversity and Child Malnutrition: A Case Study of Tribal Belt in Western Part of India
  • Group:Water

Introduction  There are several small water bodies confined in the forest cover of western part of India dominated by several tribal races which are socio economically backward and deprived of modern health facilities because of non accessibility a...

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Multi-Stakeholders’ Efforts for the Sustainable Management of Tadlac Lake, the Philippines

  • Country: Philippines (Laguna Province) South-Eastern Asia
  • Group: International Lake Environment Committee Foundation (ILEC)
Multi-Stakeholders’ Efforts for the Sustainable Management of Tadlac Lake, the Philippines
  • Group:Water

1. Background Tadlac Lake and Environs Tadlac Lake is one of the 8 crater lakes found within the watershed of Laguna de Bay, the largest lake in the Philippines (Figure 1). It is located in the Province of Laguna, specifically at Barangay Tadlac ...

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