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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A Multi-Dimensional Assessment of Ecosystems and Ecosystem Services in Barshong, Bhutan

  • Country: Bhutan (Barshong Gewog (sub-districts) in Tsirang Dzongkhag (district), located in the south-central part of Bhutan) Southern Asia
  • Group: Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN); International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Nepal
A Multi-Dimensional Assessment of Ecosystems and Ecosystem Services in Barshong, Bhutan
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest
  • Group:Grass
  • Group:Water

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Full Text (PDF) The full text of this case study is available in PDF format here. Executive Summary Occupying nearly 24% of the world’s land surface, mountains are home to ...

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COMDEKS Project: Natewa-Tunuloa Peninsula, Fiji

  • Country: Fiji (Cakaudrove Province) Oceania
  • Group: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); Ministry of the Environment, Japan; Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity; United Nations University (UNU)
COMDEKS Project: Natewa-Tunuloa Peninsula, Fiji
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Coastal
  • Group:Forest
  • Group:Grass
  • Group:Water

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. The Landscape Geography The target landscape for COMDEKS activities in Fiji is the Natewa-Tunuloa Peninsula, covering an area of about 25,000 hectares. It is located on t...

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COMDEKS Project: Weto Range, Ghana

  • Country: Ghana (Volta Region) Western Africa
  • Group: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); Ministry of the Environment, Japan; Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity; United Nations University (UNU)
COMDEKS Project: Weto Range, Ghana
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest
  • Group:Water

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. The Landscape Geography The target landscape for the COMDEKS project in Ghana is the Weto Range. The Weto landscape forms the southern part of the Togo-Atakora Range, a b...

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COMDEKS Project: Tukombo-Kande Region, Malawi

  • Country: Malawi (Nkhata Bay District) Eastern Africa
  • Group: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); Ministry of the Environment, Japan; Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity; United Nations University (UNU)
COMDEKS Project: Tukombo-Kande Region, Malawi
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest
  • Group:Water

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. The Landscape Geography The target landscape for COMDEKS activities in Malawi is the Tukombo-Kande area, located in Nkhata Bay District in northern Malawi, 330 km north o...

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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

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-ecological production landscapes (SEPLs) can be revitalised and conserved...

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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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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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Dong People’s Rice-Fish-Duck Symbiotic System in China

  • Country: China (Congjiang County) Eastern Asia
  • Group: College of Life and Environmental Sciences, Minzu University of China; Nanjing Institute of Environmental Science, Ministry of Environmental Protection of China
Dong People’s Rice-Fish-Duck Symbiotic System in China
  • Group:Agricultural

1.      Background China is a large agricultural country, with the rapid development of economy and science and technology, and thousands of years of traditional agricultural production methods will soon be replaced by modern agricultural metho...

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Restoration and valorisation of the saline soils of Ndoff to scale up rice production in Senegal

  • Country: Senegal Western Africa
  • Group: Green Sénégal, Groupe de Recherche et d'Etudes Environnementales (GREEN SENEGAL)
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Mainstreaming Biodiversity into the Cocoa Growing Landscape in the Kakum Conservation Area in Ghana

  • Country: Ghana (Central Region) Western Africa
  • Group: Conservation Alliance
Mainstreaming Biodiversity into the Cocoa Growing Landscape in the Kakum Conservation Area in Ghana
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest

Context Cocoa production is a major economic activity for rural folks in the Upper Guinea Hotspot, one of the world’s 25 biologically rich (Ministry of Environment and Science 2002) and the most endangered terrestrial region. Cocoa farms const...

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