In an appropriate coincidence, experts and audience members gathered on Earth Day (22 April 2013) at the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) to learn more about the resilience of the world’s socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes (SEPLS). The public symposium featured speakers from Bioversity International and the United Nations Development Programme.
The 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress (IUCN WCC) was held in Jeju, Republic of Korea from 6 to 15 September 2012. Many IPSI members were present and actively involved in the Congress. The IPSI Secretariat also co-organised a workshop “Enhancing Resilience with Nature: Translating the Science and Practice of Ecosystem Restoration into Policy” with IUCN Water Programme and the Society for Ecological Restoration.
On 25 August 2012, Tohoku University and the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS), in collaboration with other IPSI members including the Ministry of the Environment of Japan, Ink Cartridge Satogaeri Project (Brother, Canon, Hewlett-Packard, Lexmark and Seiko Epson) and CEPA Japan, organised a community dialogue seminar for the Urato Islands (Shiogama City, Miyagi Prefecture), which were severely affected by the earthquake and tsunami of 11 March 2011.
IPSI representatives recently gathered to hold a parallel session during the Fourth International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific (ISAP2012) in Yokohama, Japan. ISAP2012 attracted over 1,100 participants and visitors, and the parallel session “The Satoyama Initiative and Resilience – Pathways to a Sustainable Society” was held under the Forum’s resilience theme. The presentation files of the three panelists are available on the right for download in addition to the event flyer.
A side event titled “The Satoyama Initiative and the Green Economy” was held on 18 June 2012 during the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The event was co-organized by the Ministry of the Environment Japan (MOEJ) and the Secretariat of the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI).
The Second IPSI Global Conference, consisting of the Assembly and Public Forum was held at the facilities of the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in Nairobi, Kenya during 13-14 March 2012.
The fifteenth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) took place in Montreal, Canada (7 – 11 November 2011).
The Great East Japan Earthquake Rebuilding Symposium, entitled ‘Exploring Integrative Approaches from Land to Sea’ was held on 5 August 2011 at the United Nations University headquarters in Tokyo. More than 200 participants, including representatives of local governments, private sector entrepreneurs, media professionals, researchers, and other interested parties listened to speeches and panel discussions from a wide range of Japanese and international experts and practitioners.
The first Global Conference of IPSI, consisting of the Assembly, Public Forum, and the Steering Committee meeting, was held in Aichi, Japan during 10-11 March 2011.
The IPSI, an international platform launched at the Tenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP10) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), facilitates the implementation of activities identified by the Satoyama Initiative. The Partnership comprises numerous committed organisations including national and local governments, research institutes, international organisations, NGOs and private companies seeking to promote and support the accomplishment of the objectives of the Satoyama Initiative.