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.

Ishikawa Prefectural Government, Japan


Much of Ishikawa Prefecture’s land consists of satoyama regions and many satoumi landscapes exist along the prefecture’s 582 kilometers of coastline. A diverse range of living organisms inhabit these regions.

In order to pass along these precious satoyama and satoumi regions to future generations, Ishikawa Prefecture will settle on a “biodiversity vision” in 2011 as a strategy to develop satoyama and satoumi through a “variety of participants” and “creation of new value.” The prefecture is also working with local areas on the sustainable use and conservation of satoyama and satoumi areas.