International Satoyama Intiative

IPSI, the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative, promotes collaboration in the conservation and restoration of sustainable human-influenced natural environments (Socio-Ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes: SEPLS) through broader global recognition of their value.



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Case Studies

Building up Multi-stakeholder Cross-sector Partnerships for the ‘Xinshe Forest-River-Village-Sea Ecoagriculture Initiative’ in Eastern Rural Taiwan

  • Country: Chinese Taipei (Xinshe village, Hualien county) Eastern Asia
  • Group: National Dong-Hwa University; Hualien District Agricultural Research and Extension Station, Council of Agriculture; Hualien Forest District Office, Forestry Bureau, Council of Agriculture; Hualien Branch, Soil and Water Conservation Bureau, Council of Agriculture; Kavalan Xinshe Community Association; Amis Dipit Community Association
Building up Multi-stakeholder Cross-sector Partnerships for the ‘Xinshe Forest-River-Village-Sea Ecoagriculture Initiative’ in Eastern Rural Taiwan
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Coastal
  • Group:Forest

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. [caption id="attachment_15588" align="alignnone" width="600"] Rice paddies near Xinshe settlement and the east coast (Photo by Vision Way Communication Co., LTD)[/caption] B...

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Living Water & Community Revitalization – An Agricultural-led Action, Engagement and Incubation Programme at Lai Chi Wo (Sustainable Lai Chi Wo Programme)

  • Country: China (Lai Chi Wo, Hong Kong) Eastern Asia
  • Group: Policy for Sustainability Lab of the Faculty of Social Sciences at The University of Hong Kong
Living Water & Community Revitalization – An Agricultural-led Action, Engagement and Incubation Programme at Lai Chi Wo (Sustainable Lai Chi Wo Programme)
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Coastal
  • Group:Forest
  • Group:Water

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Background Hong Kong is a vibrant city located at the south-eastern tip of China, covering a total area of 1106.34km2 with a population of approximately 7.34 million (as at 20...

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Conserving Biodiversity and Livelihood Enhancement: the case of Saviefe Communities on the Weto Landscape in Ghana

  • Country: Ghana (Volta Region) Western Africa
  • Group: Greenglobe Ghana
Conserving Biodiversity and Livelihood Enhancement: the case of Saviefe Communities on the Weto Landscape in Ghana
  • Group:Forest
  • Group:Water

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. [caption id="attachment_15594" align="alignnone" width="600"] Weto Mountain Range[/caption] Natural Characteristics of the Area The Saviefe traditional area is located in t...

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Safeguarding the Keta Lagoon Complex Ramsar Site (KLCRS) for Sustained Socio-ecological Benefits

  • Country: Ghana (Volta region) Western Africa
  • Group: Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S), The University of Tokyo
Safeguarding the Keta Lagoon Complex Ramsar Site (KLCRS) for Sustained Socio-ecological Benefits
  • Group:Coastal
  • Group:Water

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Context All over the world, coastlines are changing as a result of sea erosion among other human and nature-induced phenomenon. This has put many coastal dwellers to risk and ...

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Fish farming in Rio das Cobras Indigenous Land, State of Paraná, Brazil

  • Country: Brazil (State of Paraná) South America
  • Group: Universidade Federal da Fronteira Sul (UFFS)
Fish farming in Rio das Cobras Indigenous Land, State of Paraná, Brazil
  • Group:Forest
  • Group:Water

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Background Brazil has immense ethnic and linguistic diversity with a population of Native Americans of 896,000 people within 305 ethnical groups. In the southern state of Para...

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Conserving the giant water bug (Lethocerus indicus) by eco-friendly farming

  • Country: Chinese Taipei (Miaoli County) Eastern Asia
  • Group: Observer Ecological Consultant Company
Conserving the giant water bug (Lethocerus indicus) by eco-friendly farming
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest
  • Group:Water

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Growing TianBie Rice to conserve the giant water bug The TianBie Rice Project was started in 2012, when the Observer Ecological Consultant Co. conducted a wildlife survey, whi...

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Transformations towards sustainability – A SEPL restored by the Gongrong community

  • Country: Chinese Taipei (Sanzhi District of New Taipei City) Eastern Asia
  • Group: SWCB (Soil and Water Conservation Bureau); SWAN (Society for Wildlife and Nature) International; Biodiversity Research Center, National Taiwan University
Transformations towards sustainability – A SEPL restored by the Gongrong community
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest
  • Group:Grass
  • Group:Water

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Socioeconomic and environmental characteristics of the area The Gongrong community which manages a 210 ha agricultural production landscape is adjacent to the Yangmingshan Nat...

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Converting pests into allies in tea farming — a SEPL case in Hualien, Taiwan

  • Country: Chinese Taipei (Wuhe Tableland, Rueisuei Township, Hualien County) Eastern Asia
  • Group: SWAN (Society for Wildlife and Nature) International; Taiwan Forestry Research Institute, Council of Agriculture; Biodiversity Research Center, National Taiwan University
Converting pests into allies in tea farming — a SEPL case in Hualien, Taiwan
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest
  • Group:Grass
  • Group:Water

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Socioeconomic and environmental characteristics of the area Hualien, the largest county of Taiwan in terms of land area, is located in the eastern part of the island. With div...

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Natural Agriculture in Zambia: Empowering Farmers, Strengthening Communities, and Regenerating Ecosystems

  • Country: Zambia Eastern Africa
  • Group: Shumei International
Natural Agriculture in Zambia: Empowering Farmers, Strengthening Communities, and Regenerating Ecosystems
  • Group:Agricultural

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Background Zambia is a predominantly agricultural society, with the majority of the population relying upon subsistence farming. According to UNICEF, the Gross National Income...

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Facilitating the Development of a “Taiwan Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative” (TPSI), 2014-2017

  • Country: Chinese Taipei Eastern Asia
  • Group: Forestry Bureau, Council of Agriculture, Chinese Taipei National Dong-Hwa University, Chinese Taipei
Facilitating the Development of a “Taiwan Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative” (TPSI), 2014-2017
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Coastal
  • Group:Forest
  • Group:Grass
  • Group:Water

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Background Being small with a large population, Taiwan experiences great pressure in land development. The middle and lower reaches of Taiwan island are mainly occupied with r...

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Strengthening smallholder resilience and improving ecosystem services provision in Indonesia: Experience from Buol District, Central Sulawesi

  • Country: Indonesia (Buol District, Central Sulawesi) South-Eastern Asia
  • Group: The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) – Southeast Asia Programme
Strengthening smallholder resilience and improving ecosystem services provision in Indonesia: Experience from Buol District, Central Sulawesi
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Coastal
  • Group:Forest
  • Group:Water

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Introduction [Note: This case study was first published in the Satoyama Initiative Thematic Review vol. 3]\ Smallholder farmers in tropical countries are vulnerable to bio...

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Resin trees: A vital source of the Phnong people’s livelihood in transition in Cambodia

  • Country: Cambodia (Mondulkiri Province) South-eastern Asia
  • Group: Institute of Environmental Rehabilitation and Conservation (ERECON); Tokyo University of Agriculture
Resin trees: A vital source of the Phnong people’s livelihood in transition in Cambodia
  • Group:Forest

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Introduction [Note: This case study was first published in the Satoyama Initiative Thematic Review vol. 3] Mondulkiri province, located in the northeast of Cambodia, is 37...

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