IPSI Newsletter

June 2023
Welcome to IPSI Newsletter!
Dear IPSI members and friends,

If you missed the symposiums we organised and participated in, don’t worry, you can watch the recordings or read a summary to get the highlights. You can also participate in our next event co-organised with Conservation International on other effective area-based conservation measures on 25 February.

We received many interesting publications for you to enjoy: research of mountains and socioecological systems in the Andes, an event report of ISAP2021 on landscape approaches, and a brief that evaluates innovative restoration policies from 6 Latin American countries by the World Resources Institute. This month’s case study is by Shumei International titled “Restoring Biodiversity through a Natural Agriculture Landscape Approach”.

As always, we hope you will contact us to submit any new case studies, news about your activities, or if you have any questions or comments.

IPSI Secretariat
20220225 Expert Dialogue Flyer rev2
This online expert dialogue will provide insights from experts on how landscape approaches can contribute to area-based conservation of biodiversity. It will focus on designation and management of other effective area-based conservation measures (OECMs) — areas that are achieving conservation of biodiversity outside of protected areas.

The event will include environmental, sustainable development, cultural, and economic perspectives, providing background information and convening a panel discussion with input from audience members. The goal is to contribute to the designation and management of OECMs where human production activities and the natural environment support each other, and people truly live in harmony with nature.
The event is co-organised by Conservation International (CI) and UNU-IAS, host of the IPSI Secretariat.
World Wetlands Day Banner
World Wetlands Day (WWD) is celebrated each year on 2 February to raise awareness about wetlands. This day also marks the anniversary of the Convention on Wetlands, which was adopted as an international treaty in 1971.This year’s celebration of World Wetlands Day in 2022 is especially significant — as on 30 August 2021 the UN General Assembly adopted Resolution 75/317 that established 2 February as World Wetlands Day.

This year’s theme was Wetlands Action for People and Nature, highlighting the importance of actions to ensure the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands.
On 2 February UNU-IAS, Wetlands International Japan, and the Global Environment Outreach Centre (GEOC) co-organised an online symposium for WWD 2022.

Community-based Activities and Governance for Seascape Restoration

On 9 February 2022, UNU-IAS co-organised an online symposium on the theme Community-based Activities and Governance for Seascape Restoration. It launched a new series of symposiums as part of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. Focusing on satoumi coastal seascapes, the symposium featured case studies and good practices for restoring vulnerable marine ecosystems.

The event was organised in partnership with the Ocean Policy Research Institute (OPRI) and the Ministry of the Environment, Japan (MOEJ). Watch the event here or read about it here.
ling column coral

⛰️ We are glad to present two recent publications on research of mountains and socioecological systems in the Andes from IPSI member the Neotropical Montology Collaboratory of the Geography Department at the University of Georgia, USA.
🦙The 13th International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific (ISAP2021) had a session on landscape approaches. Two IPSI members presented case studies from Argentina and Indonesia. You can read the key points from the session in the recently published event report.
How Latin American Governments Reward People for Growing Trees
Report Cover
Land restoration is an effective nature-based solution for combating rural poverty and climate change across Latin America. But without well-designed public incentives that reward farmers and forest managers for protecting and growing trees, it will be difficult to achieve the region's food security, climate, forest conservation, and biodiversity goals. A new World Resources Institute issue brief evaluates the public incentives of six Latin American countries and calculates how much they pay farmers and other landholders that restore land. Watch a short video explainer here and learn more about one Guatemalan policymaker’s journey here.
Restoring Biodiversity through a Natural Agriculture Landscape Approach

The IPSI Secretariat recently received a case study from our partner Shumei International, titled “Restoring Biodiversity Through a Natural Agriculture Landscape Approach”.

Natural Agriculture is an approach to food production and a way of life in harmony with nature that encourages minimum intervention in the growing process. This approach includes understanding the value of wildlife and organic cultivation. Most importantly, Natural Agriculture encourages farmers and consumers to respect and connect with nature, revitalizing ecosystems and farming communities.

The case study explores the work of Shigaraki No Sato, a project site in Shiga Prefecture, Japan, that includes terraced rice paddies, vegetable and tea fields, surrounding forests, and two traditional Japanese farmhouses. Visitors learn about natural agriculture, reconnect with nature, and explore Japanese culture. The Farmer’s house is used to train farmers in natural agriculture, for seed saving, and to clean harvested produce.


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

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

If you have been forwarded this newsletter and would like to SUBSCRIBE, you can do so on the IPSI website here.

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

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