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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Natural resources management by Rwoho forest edge communities, Uganda

  • Country: Uganda (Western Region) Eastern Africa
  • Group: Environmental Protection Information Centre (EPIC)
Natural resources management by Rwoho forest edge communities, Uganda
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Physical and natural characteristics of the Rwoho forest [Note: this case study originally appeared in the publication “Socio-ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes...

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Parklands, pasturelands, paddy rice fields, and coffee gardens as existing or potential agricultural socio-ecological production landscapes

  • Country: Uganda (Eastern Region) Eastern Africa
  • Group: Nature and Livelihoods
Parklands, pasturelands, paddy rice fields, and coffee gardens as existing or potential agricultural socio-ecological production landscapes
  • Group:Agricultural

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Natural and social background [Note: this case study was originally published in the publication “Socio-ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes (SEPLS) in Africa“] ...

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Compound farming system in semi-arid Ghana: a socio-ecological production landscape in decline

  • Country: Ghana (Northern Region) Western Africa
  • Group: Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S), The University of Tokyo; University for Development Studies (UDS)
Compound farming system in semi-arid Ghana: a socio-ecological production landscape in decline
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Grass

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Introduction [Note: this case study originally appeared in the publication “Socio-ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes in Africa“.] Natural and social backgr...

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Sacred forests: valorization of traditional knowledge associated with genetic resources for sustainable management

  • Country: Benin (Gbévozoun and Gnahouizoun Sacred Forests) Western Africa
  • Group: NGO Circle for Conservation of Natural Resources (ONG Ce.Sa.Re.N)
Sacred forests: valorization of traditional knowledge associated with genetic resources for sustainable management
  • Group:Forest

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Background [Note: this case study was originally published in the publication “Socio-ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes (SEPLS) in Africa“] Benin is a count...

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Improving natural resource management and biodiversity conservation in the Laikipia county ecosystem, Kenya

  • Country: Kenya (Laikipia County) Eastern Africa
  • Group: Laikipia Wildlife Forum
Improving natural resource management and biodiversity conservation in the Laikipia county ecosystem, Kenya
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest
  • Group:Water

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Introduction: natural and social background [Note: this case study was originally published in the publication “Socio-ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes (SEPLS) ...

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Conservation for tourism in Kenyan rangelands: a new threat to pastoral community livelihoods

  • Country: Kenya Eastern Africa
  • Group: Conservation Solutions Afrika
Conservation for tourism in Kenyan rangelands: a new threat to pastoral community livelihoods
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Grass

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Introduction [Note: this case study originally appeared in the publication "Socio-ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes in Africa".] The sites where the majority ...

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Community sacred forest in the Effutu traditional area, Central region, Ghana

  • Country: Ghana (Central Region) Western Africa
  • Group: A Rocha Ghana
Community sacred forest in the Effutu traditional area, Central region, Ghana
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Coastal
  • Group:Grass

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Natural and social background [Note: this case study was originally published in the publication “Socio-ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes (SEPLS) in Africa“] ...

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Home garden agroforestry practices in the Gedeo zone, Ethiopia: a sustainable land management system for socio-ecological benefits

  • Country: Ethiopia (South Nation Nationalities and People Regional State) Eastern Africa
  • Group: United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS)
Home garden agroforestry practices in the Gedeo zone, Ethiopia: a sustainable land management system for socio-ecological benefits
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Introduction [Note: this case study was originally published in the publication "Socio-ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes (SEPLS) in Africa"] Agriculture in nat...

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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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