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.

Indicators of Resilience in Socio-ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes (SEPLS)

The “Indicators of Resilience in Socio-ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes (SEPLS)” are a set of 20 indicators designed to capture different aspects of resilience of landscapes and seascapes – ecological, agricultural, cultural and socio-economic. They aim to provide an analytical framework for assessing and strengthening resilience and are used as a tool for engaging local communities in adaptive management of the landscapes and seascapes in which they live.

The initial development and field-testing of the indicators was undertaken by UNU-IAS and Bioversity International as part of an IPSI collaborative activity starting in 2011. The indicators have been field-tested and used in more than 30 countries since then, including use as an integral part of the “Community Development and Knowledge Management for the Satoyama Initiative” (UNDP-COMDEKS) project implemented by UNDP.

In 2014, the indicators were updated and a toolkit booklet with guidelines for applying the indicators titled  “Toolkit for the Indicators of Resilience in Socio-ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes (SEPLS)” was published through an IPSI collaborative activity by UNU-IAS, Bioversity International, UNDP and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES).