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Season’s greetings from the IPSI Secretariat in Tokyo, Japan!

We would like to thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation. This year was important for biodiversity, the UN Biodiversity Conference concluded this month with a historic agreement to protect 30% of the world’s biodiversity by 2030, take urgent action on extinctions, and restore degraded ecosystems, while respecting the rights of indigenous peoples.

We look forward to implementing the post-2020 biodiversity framework in collaboration with all IPSI members and partners!

As always, please feel free to contact us to submit any new case studies or other information about your activities, or if you have any questions or comments.

We wish you a happy New Year!

--IPSI Secretariat
Live Updates:
  • The Satoyama Initiative at the UN Biodiversity Conference
  • IPSI Decade Report 2010-2022
  • Open calls for manuscripts
  • And much more!

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The Satoyama Initiative at the UN Biodiversity Conference

The UN Biodiversity Conference, also known as COP15, took place in Montreal, Canada from 7-19 December 2022. The IPSI Secretariat and many IPSI members participated in a series of events to advance crucial discussions on the post-2020 global biodiversity framework and transforming humanity’s relationship with nature.

The IPSI Secretariat co-hosted and contributed to the following events:

IPSI Decade Report 2010-2022

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The IPSI Secretariat is proud to present the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative Decade Report 2010-2022!

On 7 December 2022, we unveiled the report in a side event at the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15).

We would like to thank all the IPSI members that contributed to the report with photographs and their experiences with IPSI.

The report commemorates IPSI’s first decade since its creation in 2010 at the UN Biodiversity Conference in Nagoya, Japan (COP10). It outlines the impact and scope of 251 case studies on socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes (SEPLS) and 58 collaborative activities implemented by IPSI members since 2010. These have provided rich and diverse research findings, advancing understanding of how SEPLS contribute to food and water security, climate change mitigation and adaptation, disaster risk reduction, health, and socio-economic development of local communities.

IPSI 10 Years Anniversary Reception

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On 10 December, the IPSI Secretariat organised a reception at the UN Biodiversity Conference to celebrate IPSI’s first decade. IPSI members and friends gathered to look back at IPSI’s achievements and look towards the partnership’s future.
Koji Miwa (IGES) outlined the Satoyama Development Mechanism achievements, having financed 59 projects from 2013-2022 in 26 countries.
Paulina Karimova (National Dong Hwa University) showcased the Taiwan Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (TPSI), their activities including SDM projects, and plans for the future.

Visit by Dr Fausto O. Sarmiento

On 11 November, Dr Fausto Sarmiento visited the UN University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability and the university students and IPSI Secretariat attended his presentation titled “Montology Palimpsest: The New Geographies of Mountain Conservation”.

In his session, he explained that the changing paradigm of regenerative development to aid sustainable development programs will be made explicit when applied to the conservation of mountains as socioecological systems. With the global trend towards indigenous revival and decolonial scholarship, the rhizomic innovations for conservation will demonstrate that the convergent science of mountains (also known as Montology) disentangles old paradigms of biodiversity conservation to show how transdisciplinary research is needed to understand mountainscapes better. To read more about Montology, go to the PUBLICATIONS section below.

Dr Fausto Sarmiento is a professor of Geography at the University of Georgia, which is an IPSI member, and directs the Neotropical Montology Collaboratory. He looks into human-environment interactions, landscape transformation, and dynamics of land use change, with a critical biogeography view, montological lens, political ecology insights, historical documentation, socioecological field research and modelling for alternative scenarios of sustainability.
Fausto Sarmiento visit UNU-IAS

Deadline Extension: Call for Abstracts for the Satoyama Thematic Review Vol. 9

We would like to thank everyone who submitted an abstract for the eighth volume of the annual series “Satoyama Initiative Thematic Review” by 20 December. We are pleased to announce that the deadline has been extended to 5 January 2023. The 9th volume will feature the theme “Business and biodiversity: reciprocal connections in the context of socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes (SEPLS)”.  Authors from IPSI member organisations, who have case studies relevant to this theme, are highly encouraged to submit a manuscript following the guidance provided in the Call for Papers. Authors are requested to submit an abstract (400 words) using the abstract format available on the IPSI website and email it to the SITR Editorial Team (sitr@unu.edu) by 5 January 2022.

For the past volumes of the SITR, please see here.

LandScale Access Fund

LandScale, led by IPSI member Conservation International, has established a fund to which locally-led landscape coalitions can apply to receive our Validated by LandScale service for the highly reduced fee of $500.
Access to the LandScale system will help multi-stakeholder initiatives working to deliver improvements in sustainability at landscape-level to:
  • Identify risks and opportunities – Understand sustainability trends that can inform landscape management and drive positive impact at scale
  • Convene stakeholders –Use a common language to align diverse stakeholders, identify shared goals, and catalyze cross-sectoral action.
  • Connect to incentives—Generate validated progress reports which can help to unlock additional support and investment for the initiative.
Application deadline is 23 December 2022

Land: Open Call for Manuscripts

Land is an open-access journal covering all aspects of land science, and it is looking for contributions for a special issue titled “Perspectives on Mountain Conservation”.
They welcome contributions from different areas of study and distinct focal emphasis to highlight the need for better mountain conservation, where legal, social, cultural, and financial frameworks help mountain environments secure their role of provision, regulation, support, and cultural ecosystem services and other benefits.

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 April 2023

Recognising and Supporting the Role of Culture in Effective Area-based Conservation

A new UNU-IAS Policy Brief offers recommendations on recognising and supporting cultures’ role in effective area-based conservation. Titled Recognising and Supporting the Role of Culture in Effective Area-based Conservation, the brief was authored by William Dunbar (Project Manager, Conservation International), Suneetha M. Subramanian (Research Fellow, IPSI Secretariat), and Makiko Yanagiya (Deputy Director, IPSI Secretariat).

Montology Manifesto: Echoes Towards a Transdisciplinary Science of Mountains

Mountains as archetype frame some meta-geographies of the vertical dimension. Mountain metaphors, thus, have remained as key guidance in developing not only animistic belief systems and religious cults, but also military strategies, economic potential, and scientific innovation.

This paper seeks to explain the need to integrate western knowledge, where mountains became known via natural history’s mechanistic explanations, with other epistemologies. Mountain scientists therein developed linear approaches that required exploration, experimentation, and pragmatic interpretation of generalizable mountain phenomena.
The article was written by Fausto O. Sarmiento.

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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