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

National Action Plan for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Socio-ecological Production Landscapes (Satochi-satoyama)

  • Country: Japan Eastern Asia
  • Group: Ministry of the Environment, Government of Japan
National Action Plan for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Socio-ecological Production Landscapes (Satochi-satoyama)
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest
  • Group:Grass

1.      Background (1)   Definition and characteristics of Satochi-satoyama Satochi-satoyama refers to an area consisting of farmlands, irrigation ponds, secondary forest, plantation forest, and grasslands around human settlements. It is...

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Tropical forests for local people

  • Country: (tropical countries) Global
  • Group: International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO)
Tropical forests for local people
  • Group:Forest

Forests are particularly important resources for the rural poor in tropical countries, with over 800 million people living in forests and woodlands in the tropics. Forest communities include indig-enous peoples and other local groups which have been ...

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The Scattered Fruit Tree Meadows of the Swabian Alb

  • Country: Germany (Swabian Alb, Southwestern Germany) Western Europe
  • Group: Ecosystem Services Research Group
The Scattered Fruit Tree Meadows of the Swabian Alb
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest
  • Group:Grass

In European landscapes, people and nature have co-evolved over centuries. How these cultural landscapes look like, is the result of persistent landscape change following from of a highly diverse variety of land uses. A typical traditional landscape s...

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On-Farm Conservation of Plant Genetic Resources: A Case Study from Wayanad District of Kerala, India

  • Country: India (Wayanad, Kerala) Southern Asia
  • Group: M S Swaminathan Research Foundation
On-Farm Conservation of Plant Genetic Resources: A Case Study from Wayanad District of Kerala, India
  • Group:Agricultural

Introduction India is a Centre of Origin and Centre of Diversity for crops like rice, Indian dwarf wheat, kodo millet, legumes like black gram, green gram; spices such as black pepper, turmeric, cardamom and ginger; and fruits like jackfruit and m...

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Benin’s experience in the management of sacred forests for biodiversity conservation

  • Country: Republic of Benin Western Africa
  • Group: ONG Cercle pour la Sauvegarde des Ressources Naturelles (Ce.Sa.Re.N ONG)
Benin’s experience in the management of sacred forests for biodiversity conservation
  • Group:Forest

Benin is a country located in Western Africa with an area of 122 600 km2. Considered as the “birthplace of voodoo” (or Vodoun, as spelled in the local language meaning “god”), the county contains approximately 2940 sacred forests according to...

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Local livelihood in the Lower Songkhram Basin, Thailand

  • Country: Thailand (Lower Songkhram River Basin) South-Eastern Asia
  • Group: Ministry of Natural and Resources and Environment, Thailand
Local livelihood in the Lower Songkhram Basin, Thailand
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest

Map Location: Introduction: The Lower Songkhram River Basin encompasses a broad range of wetland habitat types associated with a functional floodplain ecosystem, linked to the Mekong River. Annual extensive flooding phenomena are dependent on in-...

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The use of agrobiodiversity by indigenous and traditional agricultural communities in: Adapting to climate change

  • Country: --- Global
  • Group: Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research
The use of agrobiodiversity by indigenous and traditional agricultural communities in: Adapting to climate change
  • Group:Agricultural

UNDERSTANDING ADAPTATION Together with increasing temperatures, climate change also leads to increasingly unpredictable and variable rainfall (both in amount and timing), changing seasonal patterns and an increasing frequency of extreme weather even...

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Community Forestry in Nepal

  • Country: Nepal Southern Asia
  • Group: Ministry of Forests and Soil Conservation, Nepal
Community Forestry in Nepal
  • Group:Forest

Back Ground Community forestry has achieved broad global acclaim over the past three decades as a successful model for natural resource management that is innovative, people-centered and effective. It is increasingly recognized as a means for promot...

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Identification of potential benefits of urbanization for degraded grasslands in central Hunshandak Sandland, China

  • Country: China (Inner Mongolia) Eastern Asia
  • Group: Minzu University
Identification of potential benefits of urbanization for degraded grasslands in central Hunshandak Sandland, China
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Grass

1. Introduction Urbanization is the process of concentrating population within a city, which usually serves as the local center of politics, economy, commerce, transportation, education, information and culture (World Resources Institute, 1996). The...

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Biodiversity Conservation through Domestication of High Value Medicinal and Aromatic Plants in Mountain Ecological Landscapes of Nepal

  • Country: Nepal Southern Asia
  • Group: Kathmandu Forestry College
Biodiversity Conservation through Domestication of High Value Medicinal and Aromatic Plants in Mountain Ecological Landscapes of Nepal
  • Group:Grass

1.Introduction In recent years, bio-diversity conservation and poverty reduction through effective use and management of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MAPs) has become a fervent agenda of many scientists and development practitioners in the mountai...

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Reintroduction Project of the Oriental White Stork for Coexistence with Humans in Satoyama areas, Hyogo, Japan

  • Country: Japan Eastern Asia
  • Group: Hyogo Prefectural Governement
Reintroduction Project of the Oriental White Stork for Coexistence with Humans in Satoyama areas, Hyogo, Japan
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Water

INTRODUCTION The Oriental White Stork (Ciconia boyciana) is a species of bird that inhabits river valleys, wet meadows, and marshes with scattered clumps of the trees (Hancock et al. 1992).  The storks prefer rural environments containing paddy fie...

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Training for Capacity Development on Biodiversity conservation and rural development

  • Country: Japan (Ishikawa Prefecture) Eastern Asia
  • Group: JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency)
Training for Capacity Development on Biodiversity conservation and rural development
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest
  • Group:Grass
  • Group:Water

1. Concept 1) Background of the Training The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is an independent administrative institution responsible for the implementation of bilateral components of Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA). W...

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