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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 June has in store for you.
Live Updates:
  • SDM 2024 Open Call for Project Proposals!
  • Will you attend COP 16? Let us know!
  • Upcoming side event at HLPF 2024 on the Satoyama Initiative
  • Updated Indicators of Resilience in SEPLS
  • Policy brief: Sustainable Business Practices for Biodiversity
  • And more!

Submit your case studies, publications and news about your activities to be featured in the next newsletter!

- IPSI Secretariat

📣SDM 2024 Open Call for Project Proposals!

SDM 2024 open call
We are pleased to announce the Satoyama Development Mechanism (SDM) call for proposals for 2024. 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 (MOEJ). Its purpose is to provide financial support for the implementation of activities under IPSI.

We invite you to submit project proposals for SDM 2024. This year, we will award grants of up to USD 20,000 to five selected projects, with a project period of no more than two years.


Application Deadline: 15 August 2024.
• Eligibility: Open exclusively to IPSI member organizations.

For more information about SDM and the application process, please visit sdm.satoyama-initiative.org. If you have any questions or require assistance regarding the SDM application, contact the SDM Secretariat at sdm@iges.or.jp.

🐆Will You Attend COP 16? Let Us Know!

The Sixteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP 16) will take place in Cali, Colombia, from 21 October to 1 November 2024. It will include the Eleventh meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and the Fifth meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources.
COP 16 is particularly significant as it is the first Biodiversity COP since the adoption of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) in December 2022. Key objectives include:
  • Reviewing the implementation of The Biodiversity Plan.
  • Aligning National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) with the Plan.
  • Developing the monitoring framework and advancing resource mobilization.
  • Finalizing and operationalizing the multilateral mechanism for the fair and equitable sharing of benefits from digital sequence information on genetic resources.

🦥IPSI at COP 16

The IPSI Secretariat, in partnership with UNU-IAS, will attend COP 16 to promote IPSI’s work on landscape approaches and SEPLS. We would like IPSI members who are planning to attend the conference to contact the Secretariat to discuss potential collaboration in events inside COP 16!

Contact the IPSI Secretariat at isi@unu.edu by 7 July.

🛠️Work with Us!

Would you like to be part of the IPSI Secretariat and UNU-IAS? There is a job vacancy for a Programme Associate, Biodiversity and Society Programme.

Application deadline: 10 July 2024
Location: Tokyo, Japan

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Societies in Harmony with Nature

Flyer HLPF 2024-COMDEKS Societies in Harmony With Nature
Join us for this side event at the 2024 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). We will highlight the role of the Community Development and Knowledge Management for the Satoyama Initiative (COMDEKS) in achieving the SDGs and key targets under the GBF, including those on ecosystem restoration, protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures (OECMs).

Time: 17 July, 08:00 – 09:30 EDT
Venue: Online

UNU-IAS and AEON Environmental Foundation Work Together for Biodiversity Conservation

UNU-IAS and AEON Environmental Foundation agreement
On May 15, 2024, UNU-IAS and the AEON Environmental Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to enhance their cooperation on global sustainability initiatives. This agreement focuses on joint research, youth capacity development and environmental awareness, aligning with frameworks like the Kunming–Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals.

The collaboration will promote the Satoyama Initiative, aiming to foster societies in harmony with nature through activities such as tree planting and conservation efforts. Both organizations will leverage their networks and expertise to address global environmental challenges and empower the next generation of environmental leaders.

For further details, visit UNU-IAS website for their news story and press release.

IPSI Secretariat's Key Offers at the HAC 30x30 Virtual Fair

In April, the High Ambition Coalition (HAC) for Nature and People hosted the HAC 30 x30 Matchmaking Virtual Fair to help member countries achieve Target 3 of the GBF, which urges Parties to the CBD to conserve 30% of lands, waters and seas. Offers were presented by Partners and Supporters under five themes:
  • Theme 1: Understand Target 3 and align with cross-sector policy
  • Theme 2: Increase coverage and connectivity of protected areas (PAs) and OECMs
  • Theme 3: Effective and equitable management of sites and systems
  • Theme 4: Recognize and respect rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities
  • Theme 5: Monitor and report progress
The IPSI Secretariat, in partnership with UNU-IAS, presented two offers to HAC members.

Theme 1 - Offer 1: Organize or Co-organize Peer Learning Exchanges with Policymakers and Practitioners

What we offer

To organize or co-organize peer-to-peer exchanges which will allow frank and honest discussions between interrelated policymakers and diverse practitioners on different social and ecological dimensions that need to be tackled to achieve Target 3. We aim to achieve the following:

First, enhance understanding of different perspectives amongst the stakeholders, which would lead to,
  • Spur collaborations and synergistic implementation between stakeholders towards achieving the Target 3 goals.
Theme 2 - Offer 2: Capacity Development on Landscape Approaches

What we offer

To organize capacity building and training workshops on landscape approaches and mechanisms to involve multiple stakeholders in area-based conservation measures, targeting connectivity between different governance regimes in wider landscapes/seascapes.

Building on our guide to integrate landscape approaches into NBSAPs, we can offer highly interactive modules that will help different types of decision-makers collaborate in designing and implementing conservation initiatives using knowledge, data and information from multiple sources in an inclusive, participatory and equitable manner.

Indicators of Resilience in Socio-ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes (SEPLS): 2024 Edition

We are pleased to announce the latest addition to the Indicators of Resilience! This new edition contains a set of 20 indicators to provide communities with a framework for discussing and analyzing socio-ecological processes essential for SEPLS resilience through a collaborative, community-based assessment. They include both qualitative and quantifiable indicators, but measurement is based on the observations, tallies, perceptions and experiences of the local communities. The revision process for the 2024 edition included inputs from IPSI members and partners with extensive experience using the indicators, ensuring they are more user-friendly and inspire reflection.

Sustainable Business Practices for Biodiversity: Leveraging Landscape Approaches

Check out our latest policy brief! This brief provides policy guidance from insights from the upcoming ninth volume of the Satoyama Initiative Thematic Review, Business and biodiversity: reciprocal connections in the context of socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes (SEPLS). Drawing from first-hand experiences managing productive landscapes and seascapes, it provides insights on how landscape approaches can promote biodiversity-friendly business through local stewardship, cross-level collaboration, and peer learning.

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