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Welcome to the Summer Newsletter. Summer is full of opportunities to further your professional career and SEPLS projects. What you will find in this seasonal edition:
  • New members
  • The Satoyama Development Mechanism open call
  • Free course on ecosystem restoration
  • AIRI Urban-Rural Sustainability Fellowship 2022-23
  • Much more!
As always, we hope you will contact us to submit any new case studies and news about your activities.

--IPSI Secretariat

Welcome New Members!

We are pleased to announce that the IPSI Steering Committee recently endorsed nine new member organisations. Making the number of IPSI members 292!

Non-Governmental or Civil Society Organisations
Academic, Educational and/or Research Institute
Local Government Organisation

Endorsed Collaborative Activities

The Steering Committee approved three new IPSI Collaborative Activities, bringing the total number of activities to 58! The new activities are:

The Satoyama Development Mechanism

Satoyama development mechanism

Photo by Ollivier Girard/CIFOR

The Satoyama Development Mechanism (SDM) is an IPSI collaborative activity and a financing mechanism to support projects of IPSI members. In light of the global momentum towards 2030 and beyond, the SDM framework was renewed to better support SEPLS projects. This year, grants of up to USD 20,000 will be given to five selected projects*.

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).


This year we are seeing important changes to the procedure and what SDM offers.
  • Funds and project duration. The biggest change is the number of grants available and their value. After listening to feedback from IPSI members, the amount that each project can receive doubled, with the requirement that the project lasts no more than one year.
  • Priority areas. Aligning with the upcoming post-2020 global biodiversity framework, priority will be given to projects working on supporting the development of other effective area-based conservation measures (OECMs); landscape or seascape restoration; conservation and collaboration with indigenous peoples and local communities; resilience enhancement; and sustainable food or material production.
  • Workshops. Grant recipients will be invited to participate in two online workshops, an inception workshop and a project completion workshop. The inception workshop will take place after the projects are selected. It will give you the opportunity to network and present your project. When all projects are nearing their completion, you will be invited to share results, experiences, and lessons in a project completion workshop.
Application deadline is 12 August 2022.
*Please note that only IPSI members can apply.


We asked IPSI members that received SDM funding to share how the funds helped and what did their projects achieve.

How did the SDM funds help the project?

  • "The SDM funds were a key instrument for the development of the project, these funds were the engine to develop a detailed study of the costs and [time] necessary to clean and spin vicuña fiber and weave a scarf. ... The breadth of possibilities that the SDM proposes for the use of funds in a project, allows the development of sustainable projects. Many innovative and sustainable projects have a type of cost and expense not contemplated in most conservation funds that are quite strict and limited in what can or cannot be subsidized."
-Bibiana Vila from VICAM
Recovery and use of camelids and their fiber as potential resources to improve local livelihoods in a post-pandemic scenario in the Andean Altiplano
  • "The funds helped in restoring an area of 5 hectares of degraded sites in 3 Kaya forests which were replanted with 12,500 seedlings of indigenous tree species. The project enhanced the capacity of 500 community members; to raise quality tree seedlings, undertake forest rehabilitation/restoration and initiate successful nature-based enterprises (eco-tourism, basketry, bee-keeping, traditional artefacts and commercial tree nurseries)."
-Chemuku Wekesa from KEFRI
Restoration of Sacred Kaya forests in the Kenyan Coast for enhanced provision of ecosystem services and products for improved livelihoods
  • "The SDM fund helps the most importantly, with education through awareness raising, workshops ... at ground sites, and farmers’ exchange. Without approaching these topics/issues practically and bring farmers coming together to exchange, it would be hard to hear and learn and exchange the mindset and good practices."
-Dang To Kien from CENDI
Community Implementation of Mixed Species Restoration for Livelihoods and Ecological Function
  • "SDM funds have mainly helped to build the capacity of local communities in the Municipality of Aguégués in community management techniques for SEPLS, which promotes better community monitoring and better conservation of biodiversity and mangrove ecosystems in this municipality of southern Benin."
Strengthening Resilience for Community Conservation of Biodiversity and wet ecosystems in Ouémé Valley
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  • "Since the inception of the project wildfire, which used to be [an] annual ritual, has been reduced to the barest minimum due to various strategic engagements with the communities coupled with forming, training, empowering and provision of personal protective equipments to two fire-fighting volunteers groups."
-Winifried Donkor from ARDO
Transforming rice production to sustain socio-ecological services along the Weto mountain range

Did the project create a healthy relationship between communities and nature?

-Bibiana Vila / VICAM
  • "Yes, the project strengthened the relationship between communities and nature, and the foundation laid by the project has been leveraged to establish a biocultural heritage territory (BCHT) in Rabai which has put the landscape under integrated landscape management approach system in a community-led process."
-Chemuku Wekesa / KEFRI
  • "Yes, absolutely. Benefits to the local people including the knowledge, capacity improvement, awareness of mixed species farming, [and] integrated farming improved."
-Dang To Kien / CENDI
  • "The project encouraged and strengthened indigenous and/or traditional practices favorable to the conservation of biodiversity and SEPLS, and improved the environmental awareness of local communities. The communities attach more and more consideration to the preservation of the resources of their territories."
  • "The implementation of the project has contributed to addressing the [strained] relationship between nature and the people. ... [The] project’s contribution to the removal of fire is the formation of anti-fire volunteers. The community of Tafi Mador was successfully mobilized around anti-fire volunteers to fight fire throughout the night which was unprecedented in the community."
-Winifried Donkor / ARDO

What have been the benefits to people and ecosystems?

  • "The people of the Puna went to the countryside to avoid getting infected (and some of them to be cured instead of deficient health facilities in the area), reestablishing bonds of reciprocity."
-Bibiana Vila / VICAM
  • "Two community tree nurseries were established, which are raising quality seedlings of indigenous tree species for the rehabilitation of degraded sites within Kaya forests."
-Chemuku Wekesa / KEFRI
  • "… Mixed species farming, integrated farming between animals and trees, [deliver] better functional and complementary supports for the ecosystem. They show other ways of making farms economic and ecologically sustainable and also healthy function between system components including human health … There continues to be a number of difficulties due to climate impacts and diseases concerns, but these farms continue to be resilient."
-Dang To Kien / CENDI
  • "Funds from the Satoyama Development Mechanism (SDM) have helped achieve project objectives and expected results, including reduced human pressures on biodiversity and SEPLS. … Thanks to the project, the livelihoods of local communities are sustainably maintained through their training and support in sustainable family farming."
  • "One and half years after project inception, we are happy to see greener vegetation as farmers adopt agroforestry and organic farm inputs. Living organisms and rodents are resurfacing, birds now have fruits and seeds to feed on."
-Winifried Donkor / ARDO
Ecosystem Restoration free course postcard
Registration is open for a FREE expert-facilitated course on Ecosystem Restoration by The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Convention on Biological Diversity.

In this 8-week course in English, French and Spanish you’ll begin your journey towards creating a blueprint to renew natural resources and biodiversity.

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AIRI Urban-Rural Sustainability Fellowship 2022-23 is a one-year incubation programme jointly organised by The University of Hong Kong, Tsinghua University, National Chengchi University, and Asian Institute of Technology. The Fellowship aims to empower and connect thought leaders and exceptional practitioners from across the Asia-Pacific region who aspire to be Change Fellows spearheading urban-rural integration and rural sustainability.

Application deadline 31 August 2022.

HLPF Side Event Spotlights the Role of the Satoyama Initiative for a Sustainable Recovery

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The event explored the role of the Satoyama Initiative in achieving the SDGs and recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic. Integrated approaches based on a harmonious relationship with nature are needed to create lasting solutions to the challenges of climate change and promote well-being. You can watch the event here.

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Ecosystem Restoration Highlighted as Nature-based Solution in Side Event at Climate & SDGs Synergy Conference

The event discussed ecosystem restoration as a nature-based solution that can help address global challenges of biodiversity, climate change, and sustainable development. It was jointly organised by the IPSI Secretariat–hosted by UNU-IAS, the FAO, and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity. You can watch the event here.

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IPBES Releases Values Assessment

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Photo Credit: IISD/ENB–DiegoNoguera

On 9 July, the Ninth Session of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) approved the Assessment Report on the Diverse Values and Valuation of Nature. The report finds that policies often focus on short-term profits and economic growth, ignoring the multiple values of nature.

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The Routledge Handbook of Seascapes

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This volume is first of its kind, it brings together research from all over the world to offer a holistic overview of seascape approaches. Divided into six parts, it links nature to culture, theory, policy, and management.
We are proud to announce that it includes two chapters written by members of the IPSI Secretariat:
  • “Satoumi: prolonged interaction between human and nature” co-written by Tsunao Watanabe, Director of IPSI Secretariat, and Katsue Fukamachi.
  • “Traditional knowledge in the management of seascapes” by Research Fellow, Evonne Yiu.

The Satoyama Initiative for urban-rural connectivity at the landscape scale

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This book chapter is in The Routledge Handbook of Sustainable Cities and Landscapes in the Pacific Rim and it provides an overview of the landscape approach in both the global and local contexts. With examples of the use of gardens and corridors to improve nature connectivity and site-designation schemes in and around the city of Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan.

It was co-written by William Dunbar and Evonne Yiu, former members of the IPSI Secretariat, and Juan Pastor-Ivars, Research Associate at UNU-IAS.

Health and landscape approaches: A comparative review of integrated approaches to health and landscape management

Journal cover Maiko Nishi article
This article can be found in the Environmental Science & Policy journal. It examines aspects of landscape approaches that can help address health-related challenges, drawing on a narrative review of the literature on One Health, Ecohealth, and Planetary Health. A comparative review shows what these approaches have in common, such as a holistic paradigm, and in what they differ.

Co-written by Maiko Nishi, member of IPSI Secretariat, and Shizuka Hashimoto. The article will be free access until 23 August 2022.
Share with us your recent SEPLS publications!

Global Identification and Mapping of Socioecological Production Landscapes with the Satoyama Index

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The global map of the Satoyama Index values.

Latest case study by new IPSI member Akita International University.

A lack of geographic information on SEPLS has resulted in their potential for conservation being neglected in policies and programs. The authors of this case study tested the global applicability of the Satoyama Index to identify SEPLS in multi-use cultural landscapes using global land use data and two datasets of known SEPLS.

They found that the Satoyama Index, developed with a focus on biodiversity and tested in Japan, could be used globally to identify landscapes resulting from complex interactions between people and nature. Making SEPLS more relevant in the global conservation discourse. The Satoyama Index mapping revealed that approximately 80% of SEPLS occur outside recognized conservation priorities, such as protected and key biodiversity areas. Identifying SEPLS as other area-based conservation measures (OECM) may bring more conservation attention to SEPLS.


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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