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

Productive bamboo landscapes of Western Zhejiang

  • Country: China Eastern Asia
  • Group: International Network for Bamboo and Rattan (INBAR)
Productive bamboo landscapes of Western Zhejiang
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest

Bamboo’s distribution and characteristics in Anji and Lin’an Anji and Lin’an are situated in the northwestern corner of Zhejiang province in the Tianmushan mountain range. Both counties have large farming populations, with 87% of inhabitants...

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Role and involvement of the commune council in community forestry activities in Domnak Neak Tathmor Puan

  • Country: Cambodia (Sre Knung Commune, Chumkiri District, Kampot Province) South-Eastern Asia
  • Group: Ministry of Environment, Cambodia, Community Forestry Research Project (CFRP), CBNRM Initiative, WWF
Role and involvement of the commune council in community forestry activities in Domnak Neak Tathmor Puan
  • Group:Forest

1. Introduction On February 03, 2002, the Royal Government of Cambodia held commune/sangkat council elections nationwide, as conducted by the National Election Committee (NEC). The goal of locally electing community representatives was to improve...

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Facilitating stakeholders and community involvement in a Satoyama landscape

  • Country: Japan (Nomi City, Ishikawa Prefecture) Eastern Asia
  • Group: The Nomi Satoyama Conservation Society (NSCS)
Facilitating stakeholders and community involvement in a Satoyama landscape
  • Group:Forest
  • Group:Grass

1.2 Outline of the Region Nomi City’s Satoyama area is located in the center of Kaga plains which is situated in the south of Ishikawa Prefecture. The area to the east of Nomi is an alluvial fan sandwiched between the Tedori River flowing from t...

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Mainstreaming satoyama in research, education and regional collaboration towards the revitalization of Noto Peninsula

  • Country: Japan (Kakuma-machi, Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture) Eastern Asia
  • Group: Kanazawa University
Mainstreaming satoyama in research, education and regional collaboration towards the revitalization of Noto Peninsula

I. The Satoyama Satoumi Project Kanazawa University Kanazawa University is located in Kakuma Hills of Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture. As a central university of the Hokuriku Region, Japan, it boasts 3 colleges and 16 schools with 1,012 teaching...

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Conserving biodiversity by utilizing wood thinned from forests as biomass fuel for power generation (Sustainable Utilization of Biological Resources)

  • Country: Japan (Nobeoka, Miyazaki Prefecture and the Gokase River watershed area) Eastern Asia
  • Group: Nobeoka City, Asahi Kasei Corporation
Conserving biodiversity by utilizing wood thinned from forests as biomass fuel for power generation (Sustainable Utilization of Biological Resources)
  • Group:Forest

1. Introduction As mentioned in Table 1, the biomass power generation facilities are currently under construction on the premises of the Second Thermal Power Plant operated by the Nobeoka Power Supply Dept. in the Energy Division of Asahi Kasei Ch...

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Ankeniheny-Zahamena Corridor, a field demonstration model

  • Country: Madagascar (Antananarivo) Eastern Africa
  • Group: Conservation International
Ankeniheny-Zahamena Corridor, a field demonstration model
  • Group:Forest

Background The Ankeniheny-Zahamena Corridor (CAZ) has long been regarded as one of Madagascar’s top conservation priorities and numerous studies have catalogued its rich biodiversity. To date over 2,043 species of plants have been identified (85...

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Community-based adapatation in Namibia – a tool to enhance conservation tillage practices

  • Country: Namibia Southern Africa
  • Group: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Community-based adapatation in Namibia – a tool to enhance conservation tillage practices
  • Group:Agricultural

Introduction Local climate change and its variability pose greater risks for vulnerable, poor, and marginalized communities due to the physical impact it makes there. Since 2009, the UNDP-GEF CBA project in Namibia has been working with 12 villages ...

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Promoting co-management of socio-ecological landscapes in flood dependent agroforestry, pastoral and fishery systems of eastwards flowing rivers of Eastern Africa through scientific research and indigenous knowledge

  • Country: Kenya Eastern Africa
  • Group: Kenya Wetlands Biodiversity Research Team (KENWEB)
Promoting co-management of socio-ecological landscapes in flood dependent agroforestry, pastoral and fishery systems of eastwards flowing rivers of Eastern Africa through scientific research and indigenous knowledge
  • Group:Water

Project concept Problem statement: Over the last fifty years, Eastern African wetlands in general and the lower floodplains in particular, have experienced major changes due to climate change, land use changes, upper catchment impoundments, agricult...

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Natural Resource Management in the Critical Habitat of Western Siem Pang

  • Country: Cambodia South-Eastern Asia
  • Group: BirdLife International
Natural Resource Management in the Critical Habitat of Western Siem Pang
  • Group:Grass
  • Group:Water

1.      General Description and Regional Context The northern and eastern plains of Cambodia represent the most intact remnant ecosystem of a landscape that is thought to have once dominated southern Indochina and Thailand (Hout et al., 2003). ...

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Abrolhos seascape, a field demonstration model

  • Country: Brazil (Caravelas, Bahia) South America
  • Group: Conservation International
Abrolhos seascape, a field demonstration model
  • Group:Coastal

Background The Abrolhos Region is located off the southern coast of the State of Bahia, Brazil (Figure 1). It is an area of 95,000 km2 where the continental shelf extends far into the ocean leaving an area of relatively shallow water (~20-70 meter...

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The Agras field system as a cultural landscape in Galicia (Spain)

  • Country: Spain Southern Europe
  • Group: Universidad de Vigo and Universidad de Santiago de Compostela
The Agras field system as a cultural landscape in Galicia (Spain)

Introduction The main objective of this research is the analysis of the dynamics of traditional agrarian landscape of agras in the Galician community in order to provide data regarding its historic-cultural value, spatio-temporal distribution, as we...

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Small Scale Catchment Management in Malawi

  • Country: Malawi (Chindozwa, northern Malawi) Eastern Africa
  • Group: United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies
Small Scale Catchment Management in Malawi
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest
  • Group:Water

Lake Malawi, the third largest lake in Africa, has the greatest number of endemic fish species in the world and is a biodiversity hotspot. Its rapidly evolving cichlid species are estimated at around 1,000. In particular, the mbuna group of rock...

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