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

India: Homegardens in South India and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands

  • Country: India (Kerala State, Tamil Nadu State, Karunataka State and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands) Southern Asia
  • Group: United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS); Japan Wildlife Research Center (JWRC)
India: Homegardens in South India and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands
  • Group:Agricultural

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Natural and Social Background [Note: this case study originally appeared in the publication Socio-ecological Production Landscapes in Asia.] The economy in India has been ...

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Japan: Satoyama focusing on rice cultivation in Noto and Kaga Regions

  • Country: Japan (Ishikawa Prefecture) Eastern Asia
  • Group: United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS); Japan Wildlife Research Center (JWRC)
Japan: Satoyama focusing on rice cultivation in Noto and Kaga Regions
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Natural and Social Background [Note: this case study originally appeared in the publication Socio-ecological Production Landscapes in Asia.] Ishikawa prefecture consists o...

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Iran: Agriculture Using Underground Irrigation Canals in Inland Dry and Semi-dry Zones

  • Country: Iran Southern Asia
  • Group: United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS); Japan Wildlife Research Center (JWRC)
Iran: Agriculture Using Underground Irrigation Canals in Inland Dry and Semi-dry Zones
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Water

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Background [Note: this case study originally appeared in the publication Socio-ecological Production Landscapes in Asia.] The term “qanat” refers to technology that ha...

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China: Rural Communities in Cohabitation with the Crested Ibis in Yang County, Shaanxi Province

  • Country: China (Shaanxi Province) Eastern Asia
  • Group: United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS); Japan Wildlife Research Center (JWRC)
China: Rural Communities in Cohabitation with the Crested Ibis in Yang County, Shaanxi Province
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Water

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Natural and Social Background [Note: this case study originally appeared in the publication Socio-ecological Production Landscapes in Asia.] Yang County is located in the ...

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India: Sacred Forests

  • Country: India Southern Asia
  • Group: United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS); Japan Wildlife Research Center (JWRC)
India: Sacred Forests
  • Group:Forest

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Natural and Social Background [Note: this case study originally appeared in the publication Socio-ecological Production Landscapes in Asia.] Indian society has a multiethn...

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Cambodia: Paddy rice cultivation and freshwater fishing industry in the Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers

  • Country: Cambodia (Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers) South-eastern Asia
  • Group: United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS); Japan Wildlife Research Center (JWRC)
Cambodia: Paddy rice cultivation and freshwater fishing industry in the Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Water

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Background [Note: this case study originally appeared in the publication Socio-ecological Production Landscapes in Asia.] According to the Köppen climate classification, ...

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Sri Lanka: Tank Irrigation Farming in Dry Zones

  • Country: Sri Lanka Southern Asia
  • Group: United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS); Japan Wildlife Research Center (JWRC)
Sri Lanka: Tank Irrigation Farming in Dry Zones
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Water

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Background [Note: this case study originally appeared in the publication Socio-ecological Production Landscapes in Asia.] Sri Lanka is an island country in the Indian Ocea...

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China: Agricultural and Pastoral Landscapes in the Mountainous Districts of the Upper Watershed of the Yangtze River

  • Country: China (Sichuan Province) Eastern Asia
  • Group: United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS); Japan Wildlife Research Center (JWRC)
China: Agricultural and Pastoral Landscapes in the Mountainous Districts of the Upper Watershed of the Yangtze River
  • Group:Agricultural

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Natural and Social Background [Note: this case study originally appeared in the publication Socio-ecological Production Landscapes in Asia.] Anning River, a tributary of Y...

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South Korea: Traditional Rural Landscape “Maeul”

  • Country: Republic of Korea Eastern Asia
  • Group: United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS); Japan Wildlife Research Center (JWRC)
South Korea: Traditional Rural Landscape “Maeul”
  • Group:Agricultural

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Natural and Social Background [Note: this case study originally appeared in the publication Socio-ecological Production Landscapes in Asia.] While the northern part of Sou...

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Role of Traditional Knowledge in Strengthening Socio-ecological Production Landscapes

  • Country: Philippines (Ifugao Province) South-Eastern Asia
  • Group: Montanosa Research, Development Center- Tebtebba Foundation
Role of Traditional Knowledge in Strengthening Socio-ecological Production Landscapes

The work brings together five communities of Tinoc, Ifugao, Philippines and two IP organizations; the MRDC who works directly with indigenous peoples’ organizations on sustainable production food systems for 30 years and Tebtebba, who works and has...

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Planting seeds for rooted change, towards community rights in flourishing forests

  • Country: Viet Nam (Huulung District) South-Eastern Asia
  • Group: Culture Identity and Resources Use Management (CIRUM)
Planting seeds for rooted change, towards community rights in flourishing forests
  • Group:Forest

INTRODUCTION The necessity of regenerating forests and making the forestry sector more beneficial to Vietnamese people is widely agreed upon. Yet the prevailing reality is that vast amounts forests that should long belong to people are still und...

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Utilization of natural pastures in Huascarán National Park by local Andean ‘pasture users’ and ‘campesino communities’

  • Country: Peru (Ancash) South America
  • Group: Huascaran National Park, National Service of Protected Natural Areas (Servicio Nacional de Areas Naturales Protegidas por el Estado: SERNANP)
Utilization of natural pastures in Huascarán National Park by local Andean ‘pasture users’ and ‘campesino communities’
  • Group:Grass
  • Group:Water

Huascarán National Park Huascarán National Park is situated in the central western región of Peru, within the Department of Ancash (see Figure 1 below). It  was established on July 1, 1975, by Supreme Decree N ° 0622-75-AG. It is a Natural Pr...

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