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Welcome to IPSI Live Updates!

IPSI’s mini newsletter and your source for important events! Take a look at what opportunities September brings. 📜
Live Updates:
  • New Satoyama Initiative Thematic Review!
  • Photography contest
  • Event: Webinar on invasive alien species
  • Event: Transforming Global Food System for Revitalizing Actions for SDGs
  • Case study on resilience assessment workshops and beyond in Chinese Taipei
Submit case studies, publications, and news about your activities to be featured in the next newsletter!

- IPSI Secretariat

Photography contest: Biodiversity and Development through the lens

The Global Development Network is inviting interested individuals based in low- and middle-income countries to participate in a photography contest that will accompany the theme of the 2023 Global Development Conference to be held in Quito, Ecuador: Biodiversity and Sustainable Development.

The purpose of the contest is to help raise awareness in society in general about the crucial importance of biodiversity in the pursuit of equitable and sustainable development.

Through the images, the contest aims to show the interconnection between biological diversity and human well-being, highlighting how the responsible conservation of ecosystems can contribute to long-term social, economic, and environmental progress. In addition, the contest seeks to stimulate the creativity and artistic talent of the participants, encouraging them to explore how nature and sustainability can coexist in harmony.

If you’re interested, go to the contest’s read more!

Acting on the IPBES IAS assessment report toward the achievement of Target 6 of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework

The Ministry of the Environment (MOE), Japan will hold the international webinar on Invasive Alien Species: Acting on the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Invasive Alien Species assessment report toward the achievement of Target 6 of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) on October 5, 2023.

Invasive alien species are one of the five main direct drivers of global biodiversity loss, as reported by the IPBES Global Assessment Report. Their negative impact has been intensifying globally, requiring strengthened collaboration across sectors and government agencies at all levels and areas for effective management across borders.

Reflecting this need, Target 6 of the GBF is to reduce rates of introduction and establishment of invasive alien species by at least 50 per cent by 2030. Furthermore, the IPBES recently launched a report on the thematic assessment of invasive alien species and their control, providing useful scientific information to act upon.

Advance registration is necessary to participate in the webinar.

Date: October 5, 2023
Time: 20:00-23:00 JST
Venue: Online

Transforming Global Food System for Revitalizing Actions for SDGs

UNU-IAS will contribute to an online symposium during the UN Weeks at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan. Engaging experts from public and private sectors, the session will explore the relationship between the SDGs and environmental sustainability at different stages of the global value chain, including food production, product development, sales, and distribution. The event will be organised by Sophia University and Global Compact Network Japan with the support of the UNU-IAS and the Global Environment Outreach Centre (GEOC).

Date: 23 October 2023
Time: 13:00 - 17:00 JST
Venue: Online

SITR Vol. 8: Ecosystem Restoration through Managing Socio-Ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes (SEPLS)

We're excited to announce the release of the latest volume in the Satoyama Initiative Thematic Review, a staple of IPSI. This volume features 12 case studies from IPSI members worldwide, offering unique insights on preventing ecosystem loss, degradation, and recovery. It's a valuable resource for scholars, policymakers, and professionals in sustainable development, particularly those focusing on SDG 15 (life on land) and SDG 17 (partnerships for the goals). We would like to thank all contributing authors, reviewers, and editors for making this wonderful book.

Resilience assessment workshops and beyond: Fostering adaptive co-management in Taiwan's SEPLS

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Recent case study submitted by Forestry Bureau, Council of Agriculture, Executive Yuan; and the National Dong Hwa University (NDHU)

The Taiwan Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (TPSI) was formed in 2015, comprising four regional branches in different parts of Chinese Taipei, focusing on revitalizing socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes (SEPLS). By 2020, TPSI had gained substantial experience in biodiversity conservation, sustainable production, and community well-being in SEPLS. However, there was still a need for a deeper understanding of socio-ecological resilience and adaptive co-management.

This case study discusses the Satoyama Development Mechanism (SDM) 2020 project, which aimed to develop indicators for landscape management in Chinese Taipei's SEPLS and was conducted by the Forestry Bureau and National Dong Hwa University in 2020-2021, along with post-SDM project activities in 2022.

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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Cover photo by Quang Nguyen Vinh from Pexels.

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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