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Welcome to IPSI Live Updates!

IPSI’s mini newsletter and your source for important events and other opportunities! Take a look at what March has in store for you.
Live Updates:
  • Open Call for the International Youth Conference on Biodiversity
  • Grants Opportunities for Land Restoration Projects
  • Nippon TV Showcases Regional Dialogue on National Biodiversity Strategies
  • Case Study: "From Foe to Friend: Forest Co-management Scheme of Forests by Tribe and Government"
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- IPSI Secretariat

Happy International Women’s Day! 🧗‍♀️

8 March is globally celebrated as International Women's Day! This year's theme was Invest in women: Accelerate progress.

The world is facing many crises, ranging from geopolitical conflicts to soaring poverty levels and the escalating impacts of climate change. These challenges can only be addressed by solutions that empower women. By investing in women, we can spark change and speed the transition towards a healthier, safer, and more equal world for all.

Let's use this day to advocate for gender equality, amplify women's voices, and push for positive change in our communities and beyond.

For more information on International Women's Day go to the official UN Women website.

International Youth Conference on Biodiversity

IYCB -2024
🌿🌎 Exciting news!

The call for applications for young people to participate in the International Youth Conference on Biodiversity (IYCB) is now open until March 30, 2024.

Join us in highlighting over a decade of active youth engagement in the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) work.

The conference will be held in August 2024 in Yokohama City, Japan, in collaboration with the Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN), the Ministry of Environment of Japan, the City of Yokohama, the Secretariat of the CBD, and the Japan Biodiversity Fund.🌱 💫

About the Global Youth Biodiversity Network

Founded in 2010, GYBN is a global coalition of young people and youth organizations who have joined forces to lead, support, and accelerate a just and equitable transition to a society that lives in harmony with nature.
Since 2012, GYBN is the main coordination platform for youth participation in the negotiations under the CBD.

Deadline: 30 March 2024
More information: CBD Press Release

Grants: G20 Global Land Initiative Land Restoration

G20 Grant announcement updated
Is your organization passionate about land restoration? Are you involved in community actions? Do you have innovative ideas and solutions to scale or fast-track land restoration? If so, G20 invites you to apply for a grant for Restoration Field Projects provided by the G20 Global Land Initiative.

The Initiative’s grant programme will support up to 60 field restoration projects this year, with grants ranging between USD 5,000 and 15,000. Civil society organizations from any region of the world involved in community actions to restore land are eligible.

About G20

The G20, or Group of Twenty, is an intergovernmental forum of the world’s major developed and developing economies. In 2020, G20 leaders launched the Global Initiative for Reducing Land Degradation and Enhancing Conservation of Terrestrial Habitats (G20 Global Land Initiative) to reduce degraded land by 50% by 2040.

Nippon TV Showcases Regional Dialogue on National Biodiversity Strategies

Tokoro-san no Megaten interview with Suneetha_Anne Lecroq UNUIAS

Photo by Anne Lecroq / UNU-IAS

On 10 March 2024, Tokoro-san no Megaten, a science education programme on Nippon TV, featured biodiversity conservation and restoration efforts highlighted at a special session organized by the Ministry of Environment of Japan during the Regional Dialogue on National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) for South and East Asia. The regional dialogue was organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and co-hosted by UNU-IAS and the Ministry of the Environment of Japan.

The episode presented a 10-year restoration project of the Satoyama "Kagaku no Sato", recognized as a Japanese OECM site in 2023. The programme demonstrated how the involvement of a comedian and young people contributed to the success of its restoration. Participants praised it for featuring animals such as insects and amphibians, which usually receive less media attention than rare or popular species.

The episode also featured UNU-IAS and IPSI Secretariat expert Suneetha Subramanian (Research Fellow) in conversation with Japanese comedian Kenichi Abe on how to raise public awareness of biodiversity issues.

A recording of the programme (in Japanese) can be accessed below.
  • TVer (available until 17 March 2024)
  • Nittere TADA (available until 17 March 2024)
  • Hulu (paywall, available until 9 March 2025)

From Foe to Friend: Forest Co-management Scheme of Forests by Tribe and Government

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Figure 4. Log-cultivated Elaeocarpus sylvestris shiitake mushroom plantation.

Recent case study submitted by the Miaoli County Saisiyat Indigenous Peoples Forestry and Worker LLC.

In the 1970s, the Saisiyat tribes in the Penglai Village clashed with the Hsinchu Forest District Office of the Forestry Bureau over regulations that prohibited the use of forest resources within their traditional territories. These regulations affected the tribes’ socio-economic development, driving migration to urban areas, especially among young people. This resulted in population decline, cultural discontinuity and mismanagement of mountain and forest resources, further worsening the tribes’ conflict with the government.

In the late 2010s, the Forestry Bureau reviewed and relaxed regulations, implementing a series of policy measures to promote joint management, sharing, and prosperity of mountain and forest resources. The goal was to re-establish the once-close relationship between indigenous peoples and the mountains. In 2018, the Saisiyat people held a partnership signing ceremony with the Forestry Bureau, declaring their commitment to achieving sustainable development through mutual trust and assistance, in line with the Satoyama Initiative.


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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