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

Strengthening local capacity for conserving medicinal plants and improving livelihoods through domestication and integration of LBSAP in planning process

  • Country: Nepal (Rasuwa District) Southern Asia
  • Group: Kathmandu Forestry College
Strengthening local capacity for conserving medicinal plants and improving livelihoods through domestication and integration of LBSAP in planning process
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Introduction The rural landscape that encompasses the agrarian economy, fragile ecology and complex and differentiated society is changing rapidly in Nepal, creating new oppor...

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Transforming nomadic traditions to biodiversity-friendly livelihoods from the perspective of traditional forestrelated knowledge: the successful story of H Village of Yunnan Province in China

  • Country: China (Yunnan Province) Eastern Asia
  • Group: Centre of Forestry, Environmental and Resources Policy Study, Renmin University of China
Transforming nomadic traditions to biodiversity-friendly livelihoods from the perspective of traditional forestrelated knowledge: the successful story of H Village of Yunnan Province in China
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Introduction Poor people in many cases live in good quality forests with rich biodiversity, and this is particularly the case in hinterlands where indigenous people live (Liu ...

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Indicator species for agrobiodiversity in rice paddy fields: Research and its application in eastern rural Taiwan

  • Country: Chinese Taipei (Hualien County) Eastern Asia
  • Group: Hualien District Agricultural Research and Extension Station (HDARES), Council of Agriculture, Taiwan
Indicator species for agrobiodiversity in rice paddy fields: Research and its application in eastern rural Taiwan
  • Group:Agricultural

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Introduction Paddy is one of the major crops in the monsoon Asia. Through environmentally friendly farming and proper management of paddy fields, the biodiversity in the socio...

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To leave the satoyama culture for the future using Sakihama as an example

  • Country: Japan (Iwate Prefecture) Eastern Asia
  • Group: The Commemorative Foundation for the International Garden and Greenery Exposition, Osaka, Japan, 1990 (Expo ‘90 Foundation)
To leave the satoyama culture for the future using Sakihama as an example
  • Group:Coastal

1. Overview of the Sakihama district (1) Location and land use The Sakihama district is located east of Okirai, in the town of Sanriku, that is about 20 kilometers from the center of the city of Ofunato. The Kobezaki Lighthouse marks the easternmo...

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The importance of the Farmers Field School approach: A case study – Farmers Field School practical training programs, Vietnam

  • Country: Viet Nam and Lao P.D.R. South-eastern Asia
  • Group: Social Policy Ecology Research Institute (SPERI)
The importance of the Farmers Field School approach: A case study – Farmers Field School practical training programs, Vietnam
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Introduction *This case study was first published in the Satoyama Initiative Thematic Review, Vol. 1. The introduction of FFS approach to organic vegetables farmers in Viet...

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Assessing farmers’ perceptions of resilience of socio-ecological production landscapes in central and eastern Kenya

  • Country: Kenya (East and Central Kenya) Eastern Africa
  • Group: Bioversity International
Assessing farmers’ perceptions of resilience of socio-ecological production landscapes in central and eastern Kenya
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Introduction Environmental degradation has a severe impact on how ecosystems function. When an environment is degraded, many of the benefits that ecosystems provide to local c...

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The Common Mountain Pastures in The Velika Planina Plateau

  • Country: Slovenia (Upper Carniola) Southern Europe
  • Group: Research Centre of Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Art (ZRC SAZU), Anton Melik Geographical Institute
The Common Mountain Pastures in The Velika Planina Plateau
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Grass

Mountain pastures in Slovenia Mountain pasturing in Slovenia is primarily linked to the Alps. They occur mainly in previously forested areas, with a few also at and above the tree line (Ringler 2009). The oldest written records of mountain pasturing...

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Facilitating biological and freshwater resource conservation by agricultural activities at Gongliao-Hoho-Terraced-Paddy-Fields, Taiwan

  • Country: Taiwan (Xinbei City) Eastern Asia
  • Group: Environmental Ethics Foundation of Taiwan (EEFT)
Facilitating biological and freshwater resource conservation by agricultural activities at Gongliao-Hoho-Terraced-Paddy-Fields, Taiwan
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Water

1. Background Gongliao located at the rainy low-elevated hill area in the Northern-Eastern Taiwan. Over the past 160 years, numerous farmers had built thousands of hectares of terraced paddy fields in the winding Shuangxi River Valley. However, th...

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Wa Wiizi – Wa Kaduzu: Our Territory – Our Custom

  • Country: Guyana (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) South America
  • Group: 1. South Central People's Development Organisation, 2. Forest Peoples Programme
Wa Wiizi – Wa Kaduzu: Our Territory – Our Custom
  • Group:Forest
  • Group:Grass

Sustainable use provisions under article 10(c) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) require States Parties to ...” protect and encourage customary use of biological resources in accordance with traditional cultural practices that a...

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Resuscitating the Sundarbans: Customary Use of Biodiversity & Traditional Cultural Practices in Bangladesh

  • Country: Bangladesh (Khulna Division) Southern Asia
  • Group: 1) Unnayan Onneshan 2) Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA) 3) Forest People Programme (FPP) 4) Nijera kori
Resuscitating the Sundarbans: Customary Use of Biodiversity & Traditional Cultural Practices in Bangladesh
  • Group:Forest
  • Group:Water

This Study is a collaborative action research activity participated in by community members. It explores the nature of the Sundarban Reserve Forest, and the strategies for biodiversity conservation and sustainable use as well as the qualitative p...

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Indigenous Knowledge, Customary Use of natural Resources and Sustainable Biodiversity Management: Case Study of Hmong and Karen Communities in Thailand

  • Country: Thailand (Chomthong District, Chiang Mai Province) South-Eastern Asia
  • Group: 1) Inter-Mountain Peoples’ Education and Culture in Thailand Association (IMPECT) 2) Forest Peoples Programme
Indigenous Knowledge, Customary Use of natural Resources and Sustainable Biodiversity Management: Case Study of Hmong and Karen Communities in Thailand
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest

This research project studied the sustainable, customary use of biological resources by highland communities in Northern Thailand. It was undertaken with the objectives of studying the knowledge, customs, and traditions practiced by the Hmong a...

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Mountain pasture management in the Sölktäler Nature Park

  • Country: Austria (Styria) Western Europe
  • Group: University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU), in collaboration with the Sölktäler Nature Park
Mountain pasture management in the Sölktäler Nature Park
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Grass

Austria is a country of mountains. Around 70% of its federal territory, more than 50% of its total agriculturally utilised land (BMLFUW 2014A) and 38.4% of the agricultural holdings (STATISTIK AUSTRIA 2012) are located in mountainous areas. Mountai...

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