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Welcome to IPSI Live Updates!

IPSI’s mini newsletter and your source for important events! July brings exciting opportunities that will propel SEPLS projects forward 🚀
Live Updates:
  • New IPSI Strategy and Plan of Action adopted at IPSI-9!
  • SDM open call for project proposals
  • REDAA Grant Call
  • UNU-IAS at World Water Week
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- IPSI Secretariat

New IPSI Strategy and Plan of Action Adopted at IPSI-9

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Photo by Shota Inoue/Akita International University

The Ninth IPSI Global Conference (IPSI-9) was held from 8th to 11th July in Akita, Japan, leaving IPSI members from around the world inspired and eager to strengthen efforts in the partnership’s second decade. During the four-day conference, IPSI members engaged in lively discussions and knowledge-sharing sessions, focusing on pressing environmental challenges and how to enhance their collective efforts.

One of the key outcomes of IPSI-9 was the adoption of a new Strategy and Plan of Action for the period 2023-2030. This forward-looking plan outlines five strategic objectives that will guide IPSI's work in the coming years, fostering a collaborative approach to addressing biodiversity loss, climate change, and sustainable development:
  • Knowledge Co-Production, Management, and Uptake
  • Institutional Frameworks and Capacity Development
  • Area-Bases Conservation Measures
  • Ecosystem Restoration
  • Sustainable Value Chain Development
IPSI-9 served as a vibrant platform for diverse stakeholders, including governments, academia, NGOs, and indigenous communities, to exchange ideas and experiences, fostering collaboration and building networks for collective action. With the adoption of the new Strategy and Plan of Action, we are poised to embark on an exciting new chapter dedicated to promoting biodiversity conservation and the sustainable management of SEPLS worldwide.

Stay tuned for our upcoming newsletter, where we'll delve deeper into the incredible moments and outcomes of IPSI-9!


SDM 2022 Open Call for Project Proposals!

SDM 2023 Open Call
We are pleased to announce that the Satoyama Development Mechanism (SDM) has opened the call for proposals for SDM 2023. The SDM is a collaborative activity operated by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), UNU-IAS (host of the IPSI Secretariat), and the Ministry of the Environment of Japan. Its purpose is to provide financial support for the implementation of activities under IPSI.

We invite you to submit project proposals for SDM 2023. This year, we will award grants of up to USD 20,000 to five selected projects. The project period should not exceed one year.
Important information regarding the application process:

  • Application Deadline: Tuesday, 15 August 2023.
  • Eligibility: SDM applications are open exclusively to IPSI member organizations.
  • Before submitting a proposal, please carefully review the information available on the SDM website and familiarize yourself with the Satoyama Development Mechanism Framework and Procedures 2023.
For more information about SDM and the application process, please visit the SDM website at sdm.satoyama-initiative.org. If you have any questions or require further assistance regarding the SDM application, please do not hesitate to contact the SDM Secretariat at sdm@iges.or.jp.

REDAA Grant Call

REDAA Grant Call
The Reversing Environmental Degradation in Africa and Asia (REDAA) programme has launched a grant call for locally led research-to-action initiatives in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. The aim of this call is to support projects that contribute to the thriving of both communities and the environment. All proposals should demonstrate a positive approach towards integrated action for nature and climate, as well as prioritize gender equality and social inclusion. Each proposal should focus on one or more of the thematic priorities:
  1. Local research and capability for research
  2. Resource and land use assessments
  3. Business models
  4. Financing mechanisms
  5. Inclusive governance systems
For more information, go to the REDAA website.

Application Deadline: 31 July 2023

Sustainable Urban Water for Human Health and Wellbeing

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This online session of World Water Week 2023 will explore the role of health-related multisectoral water management in strengthening economic and environmental resilience of societies, and facilitate dialogue between stakeholders towards improving water-related health and wellbeing in urban areas.

The event will be held online on 20 August at 18:00-19:00 CEST (21 August 01:00-02:00 JST).

The session will engage practitioners from public and private organisations, academia, and youth representatives to discuss:
  • Challenges and barriers to accelerating urban water quality
  • The role of entrepreneurship and youth participation in promoting innovative water management for health
  • Differential impacts of water quality and how they drive different but gender-appropriate WASH, health, and socioeconomic interventions to enhance wellbeing and minimise inequalities
  • Climate change related water insecurity and its impact on mental health and psychological wellbeing
  • Ways of developing a system to address vulnerabilities and inequalities
To participate online, register in advance, and for programme details, visit the session page.

Let us know if there are any changes in your e-mail address or contact information.

Secretariat of the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative

United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS)
5–53–70 Jingumae
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8925

Tel: +81 3-5467-1212
Fax: +81 3-3499-2828
Email: isi@unu.edu

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The activities of the IPSI Secretariat are made possible through the financial contribution of the Ministry of Environment, Government of Japan