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.

SDM 2017: Results Announcement

Report on the SDM 2017 Project Selection

(from the SDM Executive Board)

Since its launch in October 2010, the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI) has been working with its diverse partners to promote the sustainable use of Socio-Ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes (SEPLS) in both developed and developing countries.

In 2013, the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), the United Nations University Institute for Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS), and the Ministry of the Environment of Japan (MOEJ) jointly launched the “Satoyama Development Mechanism (SDM)” as a collaborative activity under the framework of IPSI to facilitate further implementation of IPSI activities by providing seed funding to promising project proposals.

For its fifth year of operations, the SDM Secretariat announced a call for proposals for the SDM 2017 in June 2017.

By the deadline for applications (August 2017), the Secretariat had received a total of 23 applications, of which 20 were deemed eligible for SDM.

The SDM Executive Board meeting was convened in September 2017 where the Board carefully considered the eligible proposals in line with the project screening criteria and prioritisation criteria.

Within a set of competent proposals, the following six were selected, which were deemed the most promising for the implementation and promotion of the concept of the Satoyama Initiative.

 List of SDM sub-grant recipients selected in 2017

Applicant Project type Country Project title Region
Conservation Solutions Afrika (NGO/CBO) Community/field-based project implementation Kenya Use of Mobile Technology for assessing community and wildlife use of rangeland resources Africa
KEFRI (academic/ research institute) Community/field-based project implementation Kenya Restoration of Sacred Kaya forests in Kenyan Coast for enhanced provision of ecosystem services and products for improved livelihoods Africa
Unnayan Onneshan (academic/ research institute) Community/field-based project implementation Bangladesh Designing an Enhanced Bio-diverse Adaptation to Climate Change in the Sundarbans Asia
HDARES (academic/ research institute) Research Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) Taiwan stingless bee field investigation and greenhouse pollination preliminary work Asia
CORFOPAL (NGO/CBO) Capacity building / awareness raising Colombia Resilience level assessment of the Key Biodiversity Areas San Antonio Forest/KM 18 and community empowerment on conservation Americas
University of the Philippines Open University (academic/ research institute) Capacity building / awareness raising Philippines Contextualization of the Instructional Materials for the Training of Youths toward Conservation of Ifugao Rice Terraces as a Satoyama Landscape Asia