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.

The first Global Conference of IPSI

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.

Outline and result of discussions

[10 March: The IPSI Assembly]

The IPSI Assembly was attended by member representatives to review activities and to take decisions on institutional matters. The amended  Operational Framework was adopted and 18 Steering Committee members were appointed from among IPSI members. UNU-IAS was designated as the IPSI Secretariat based on an assessment of its previous contribution and its institutional capacity for carrying out required operations.

[10 March: The Steering Committee]

The Steering Committee approved 23 new IPSI members , and endorsed 10 IPSI collaborative activities

[11 March: The Public Forum]

The Public Forum was attended by all interested stakeholders (1) to strengthen collaboration and synergies among members as well as between the Satoyama Initiative and other relevant initiatives and programmes, and (2) to enhance understanding and raise awareness of the importance of socio-ecological production landscapes.

The discussions were divided into five different topics: Knowledge Facilitation, Policy Research, Indicator Research, Capacity Building and On-the-ground activities. During the Public Forum session, 43 organisations presented their activities in accordance with IPSI concepts.

After the Public Forum presentations and interactive discussions, a panel discussion was held to share each session’s conclusions and to summarise the discussion.

The meeting documents of this event, discussion papers, other relevant information such as the programme, presentations, and information papers are now available for download. The summary of this conference will be available soon.

[Conference Participants]

[IPSI Assembly]

[Public Forum]

[Panel Discussion]

Summary Records

Summary Report of the First Global Conference of IPSI



IPSI Assembly Programme (10 March)


Public Forum Programme (11 March)


Planned Excursion (12March)



Operational Framework

First amendment version (10 March 2011) download

List of the Steering Committee members


All IPSI members list


New IPSI members list


List of endorsed Collaborative Activities



Keynote Speech (11 March)

Jeff McNeely, Senior Science Advisor, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) download

Keynote Speech (11 March)

Kalemani Jo Mulongoy, Principal Officer, Division of Scientific, Technical and Technological Matters, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) download

In-session Documents

Cluster 1. Knowledge Facilitation

Abstracts of Presentations (Public Forum) download

Cluster 2: Policy Research

Abstracts of Presentations (Public Forum) download

Cluster 3: Indicator Research

Abstracts of Presentations (Public Forum) download

Cluster 4: Capacity Building

Abstracts of Presentations (Public Forum) download

Cluster 5: On the ground

Abstracts of Presentations (Public Forum) download

List of Presenting Organisations

Public Forum download

United Nations University (Knowledge Facilitation) download

Ghana National Biodiversity Committee download

HELP Davao Network (Policy Research) download

Aichi Prefecture (Policy Research) download

Faculty of Science, Centre for Ecology and Natural Resources, University of Sarajevo (Policy Research) download

Government of Japan [Ministry of the Environment] (Policy Research) download

Government of Japan [Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries] (Policy Research) download

Kanazawa University (Policy Research) download

Kathmandu Forestry Collage (Policy Research) download

Ministry of Environment, Cambodia (Policy Research) download

Ministry of Environment, Gabon (Policy Research) download

Ministry of Environment, Peru (Policy Research) download

Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Thailand (Policy Research) download

NGO Circle for Conservation of Natural Resources [ONG Ce.Sa.Re.N] (Policy Research) download

Biodiversity International (Indicators Research) download

Kenya Wetlands Biodiversity Research Team [KENWEB] (Indicators Research) download

Indigenous Peoples’ International Centre for Policy Research and Education [TEBTEBBA] (Indicators Research) download

Kanuri Development Association (Indicators Research) download

Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity [SCBD] (Capacity Building) download

Global Environmental Facility [GEF] (Capacity Building) download

Association for Nature and Sustainable Development [ANDES] (Capacity Building) download

EcoAgriculture Partners (Capacity Building) download

Graduate School of Agriculture and Life Science, the University of Tokyo (Capacity Building) download

Institute of Environment Rehabilitation and Conservation [ERECON] (Capacity Building) download

International Tropical Timber Organisation [ITTO] (Capacity Building) download

Japan International Cooperation Agency [JICA] (Capacity Building) download

United Nations Centre for Regional Development [UNCRD] (Capacity Building) download

Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation, Nepal (on the Ground) download

Forest Peoples Programme [FPP] (on the Ground) download

Asahi Kasei Corporation (on the Ground) download

BirdLife International (on the Ground) download

Centre of Culture Identity and Resources Use Management [CIRUM] (on the Ground) download

Conservation International (on the Ground) download

Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation, Chad (on the Ground) download

International Network for Bamboo and Rattan [INBAR] (on the Ground) download

Indigenous Peoples’ Biocultural Climate Change Assessment [IPCCA] (on the Ground) download

Live & Learn Environmental Education [LLEE] (on the Ground) download

Ministry of Environment, Togo (on the Ground) download

National Environmental Council for Sustainable Development, Niger (on the Ground) download