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

Town revitalization making the most of natural landscape and traditions of Kanakura Wajima City, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan

  • Country: Japan (Wajima City, Ishikawa Prefecture) Eastern Asia
  • Group: ---
Town revitalization making the most of natural landscape and traditions of Kanakura Wajima City, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest

In Kanakura of Wajima City in Ishikawa Prefecture, efforts are made to carry out ecotourism, promote local specialities, and other activities making most of local landscape and traditional culture.“The non-profit organization, Kanakura School”, a...

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The sustainable use and biodiversity of paddies fields of Louisiana

  • Country: USA (Louisiana) Northern America
  • Group: ---
The sustainable use and biodiversity of paddies fields of Louisiana
  • Group:Agricultural

The United States of America occupies the large continent, its climatic zone extends by the frigid zone from the subtropical zone, and it has a major mountain ranges, expansive prairies and vast rivers, and there are various natural environments. The...

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Living by Utilizing Various Modified Natural Resources in the Solomon Islands

  • Country: Solomon Islands (New Georgia Island, Western Province) Melanesia
  • Group: ---
Living by Utilizing Various Modified Natural Resources in the Solomon Islands
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Coastal
  • Group:Forest

In addition to subsistence activities such as farming, fishing and gathering food from forests, in recent years the residents of the Solomon Islands have been making their livelihoods by obtaining cash through activities such as selling marine resour...

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The Maasai’s shifting modes of subsistence

  • Country: Kenya (Loitokitok, Rift Valley Province) Eastern Africa
  • Group: ---
The Maasai’s shifting modes of subsistence
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Grass

In Loitokitok, Rift Valley province of Kenya, some people of Maasai, nomadic herdsmen whose diet had traditionally been only cow milk and blood, have started farming recently. Severe drought caused by recent climate change is in the background. This ...

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Landscape Management in Germany

  • Country: Germany (Bayern State) Western Europe
  • Group: ---
Landscape Management in Germany
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest
  • Group:Grass

Europe is so developed that the farmland accounts for more than half of the total land use. Therefore, farmland is a significant target area for biodiversity conservation in Europe. This is a field report on farmers, who are “the managers of...

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Land Use and Biodiversity Patterns on Chacras in Northeast Argentina

  • Country: Argentina (Misiones) South America
  • Group: ---
Land Use and Biodiversity Patterns on Chacras in Northeast Argentina
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest
  • Group:Water

While extremely long longitudinally, the Latin America alone cover a broad range of latitudes and accompanying climates, from tropical in the north to polar in the south. Argentina, which is situated at the southern tip of South America, is a major a...

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Production of new industries of agricultural mountain village in Kyotango City, Kyoto, Japan

  • Country: Japan (Kyotango City, Kyoto Prefecture) Eastern Asia
  • Group: ---
Production of new industries of agricultural mountain village in Kyotango City, Kyoto, Japan
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest
  • Group:Grass

With aims to restore the devastated natural environment and establish new industries, Amita Corporation, a Japanese private enterprise, works on constructing the matter cycle mainly through biogas power generation and forest dairy farming in Kyotango...

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Land Use and Natural Resource Utilization and Management in Kampong Cham, Cambodia

  • Country: Cambodia (Kampong Cham) South-Eastern Asia
  • Group: United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies
Land Use and Natural Resource Utilization and Management in Kampong Cham, Cambodia
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest

Use and management of natural resources and land was studied in Wat Chas village in Cambodia where agriculture plays an important role for sustainable land use and appropriate natural resource management. Introduction Agriculture plays an impor...

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Community Forestry in Thailand

  • Country: Thailand (Chiang Mai Province) South-Eastern Asia
  • Group: ---
Community Forestry in Thailand
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest

In the past, the Thai government had exclusive authority over forest management in Thailand, but since the end of the 1980s, local residents have taken on the responsibility. Community members help preserve and manage the resources in nearby forests,...

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Use and Management of “Muyong” in Ifugao Province, Northern Luzon Island in the Philippines

  • Country: Philippines (Ifugao Province) South-Eastern Asia
  • Group: ---
Use and Management of “Muyong” in Ifugao Province, Northern Luzon Island in the Philippines
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest
  • Group:Grass

At the beginning of the 20th century, it was estimated that about 70% of the Philippines was covered by forest, but this ratio has since dropped to less than 20%. Despite the overall decline, the forests have been preserved in relatively good conditi...

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The Ayllu System of the Potato Park, Cusco, Peru

  • Country: Peru (Cusco) South America
  • Group: United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies
The Ayllu System of the Potato Park, Cusco, Peru
  • Group:Agricultural

The Potato Park is a unique model of holistic conservation of the Andean traditional landscape with a focus on conservation of agrobiodiversity (Argumedo, 2008). The Park is located in a known microcenter of origin and diversity of potatoes, one of t...

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Creation and Management of Diverse Secondary Forest in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia

  • Country: Indonesia (Central Sulawesi) South-Eastern Asia
  • Group: ---
Creation and Management of Diverse Secondary Forest in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest

Around Lore Lindu National Park (Taman Nasional Lore Lindu) in Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, there is a mosaic-like landscape, due to particular land-use patterns. The indigenous inhabitants recognize the various land-use areas by a detailed descripti...

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