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Happy New Year! As we embark on the journey of 2024, the IPSI Secretariat extends a warm welcome to each one of you.

In the spirit of collaboration, we are excited to kick off another year of shared efforts towards the sustainable management of socio-ecological landscapes and seascapes. Your dedication to biodiversity conservation and the well-being of communities around the world continues to inspire us.

Submit case studies, publications, and news about your activities to be featured in the next newsletter! Your stories are valuable, and we want to showcase the incredible work happening within our community.

Let's build on the momentum of collaboration and make 2024 a year of positive impact. Thank you for being an essential part of the IPSI community.

- IPSI Secretariat
Live Updates:
  • Call for papers on education’s role in sustainable development
  • Forum featured the Satoyama Initiative in Japan
  • Second Inception Workshop convenes for recipients of SDM 2023
  • Working paper on 'Nature as Culture'
  • Journal article on the One Health Approach in SEPLS
  • Case study: Innovative Approaches of the GMSL to Harmonize the Human-Environment Interface (HEI) in the Knuckles Conservation Forest (KCF) and its Environs

Call for Abstracts - Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Education's Role in Sustainable Development

Open Call Journal CRUST
The journal Current Research in Environmental Sustainability (CRUST) invites authors of original research, literature reviews, case studies, and policy briefs offering interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary insights from education, environmental sciences, social sciences, policy studies, and related fields to submit their work for a Special Issue of ScienceDirect. Submissions should be technically precise yet comprehensible to a broad audience.

This special issue explores the nexus between educational practices and sustainable development, with a special focus on the relationship between inequality in education and sustainable environmental practices.

Submission deadline: Aug 31, 2024

For more information go to the official open call.
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Satoyama Forum Explores Sustainability in Japanese Rural Landscapes

On 12 December 2023, the inaugural SATOYAMA forum was held at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan to discuss the satoyama model for sustainable living and biodiversity conservation. It showcased innovative solutions stemming from collaborative efforts between Japanese universities and the AEON Environmental Foundation — a member of IPSI.

Read about the event.
SDM Inception Workshop 2023

Second Inception Workshop Convenes for Recipients of SDM 2023

On 17 January 2024, the Satoyama Development Mechanism (SDM) Secretariat, hosted by IGES, and UNU-IAS co-organized the SDM Inception Workshop. The workshop aimed to inform grant recipients about SDM’s implementation and reporting procedures, and to facilitate the exchange of ideas by sharing the projects with fellow IPSI members.

SDM is an IPSI collaborative activity that provides seed funding to IPSI members to facilitate further implementation of activities that support the Satoyama Initiative. Please visit the Satoyama Development Mechanism website for more information.

Read about the workshop.

Working Paper

Nature as Culture: Conceptualizing What It Implies and Potential Ways to Capture the Paradigm in Scenario Building Exercises

The paper reviews various ways of measuring and capturing the links between culture and the natural environment, and the challenges in obtaining relevant information and data due to the highly contextual nature of this connection. It also identifies promising initiatives that could be used to capture the bio-cultural linkage, known as Nature as Culture or One with Nature concept. The authors, Research Fellows of the IPSI Secretariat, Suneetha Subramanian and Maiko Nishi, emphasize the need to understand the human dimensions of conserving nature, especially in the context of declining biodiversity.

The Many Meanings of ‘One’: The Concept and Practice of the One Health Approach in Socio-Ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes

What does One Health mean for a complex socio-ecological system? How can this integrated approach be put into practice? Can it foster on-the-ground local management and national policy uptake? Authors Paulina G. Karimova and Kuang-Chung Lee, from IPSI member the National Dong Hwa University, explore these questions by looking at the concept of One Health in the context of socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes (SEPLS) and the use of resilience assessment in SEPLS as a tool for its operationalization in Chinese Taipei. The authors conclude that One Health has a high sustainability potential for holistic, dynamic and integrated solutions in complex systems at various scales. The article was published on CABI One Health.

Innovative Approaches of the GMSL to Harmonize the Human-Environment Interface (HEI) in the Knuckles Conservation Forest (KCF) and its Environs

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Image 02: Model of a Kandyan home garden (Model and Photograph GMSL)

Recent case study submitted by Green Movement of Sri Lanka Inc.

This project, spearheaded by Green Movement of Sri Lanka Inc. (GMSL) and funded by the European Union, unfolded a two-year endeavour to revitalize the Knuckles Conservation Forest (KCF). The initiative adopted groundbreaking strategies, focusing on seven river basins to harmonize the Human-Environment Interface. Leveraging the SCORE-CARD polling tool, the project deeply engaged diverse communities, fostering a whole-of-community approach for inclusivity and shared benefits.

Reviving ancient wisdom, the project reintroduced sustainable farming practices, such as chena cultivation and the innovative Knuckles Life Garden, tailored to different ecological zones. This harmonious blend of traditional and modern techniques not only successfully navigated challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic but also exemplified a transformative model for sustainable socio-environmental conservation in the crucial upper watershed of Sri Lanka. The recalibrated programming underscored the project's resilience and success in fostering a symbiotic relationship between nature and communities in the KCF.

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