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

COMDEKS Project: Makawanpur District, Nepal

  • Country: Nepal (Makawanpur District) Southern Asia
  • Group: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); Ministry of the Environment, Japan; Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity; United Nations University (UNU)
COMDEKS Project: Makawanpur District, Nepal
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest
  • Group:Water

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. The Landscape Geography The COMDEKS target landscape in Nepal is located in the Makawanpur District in the country’s central region, and covers an area of 78,900 ha. Th...

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COMDEKS Project: Tukombo-Kande Region, Malawi

  • Country: Malawi (Nkhata Bay District) Eastern Africa
  • Group: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); Ministry of the Environment, Japan; Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity; United Nations University (UNU)
COMDEKS Project: Tukombo-Kande Region, Malawi
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest
  • Group:Water

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. The Landscape Geography The target landscape for COMDEKS activities in Malawi is the Tukombo-Kande area, located in Nkhata Bay District in northern Malawi, 330 km north o...

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COMDEKS Project: Himalayan State of Uttarakhand, India

  • Country: India (Uttarakhand State) Southern Asia
  • Group: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); Ministry of the Environment, Japan; Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity; United Nations University (UNU)
COMDEKS Project: Himalayan State of Uttarakhand, India
  • Group:Forest
  • Group:Water

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. The Landscape Geography The COMDEKS target landscape in India includes an area of approximately 50,000 ha spread over six locations in Uttarakhand in the country’s nort...

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COMDEKS Project: Weto Range, Ghana

  • Country: Ghana (Volta Region) Western Africa
  • Group: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); Ministry of the Environment, Japan; Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity; United Nations University (UNU)
COMDEKS Project: Weto Range, Ghana
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest
  • Group:Water

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. The Landscape Geography The target landscape for the COMDEKS project in Ghana is the Weto Range. The Weto landscape forms the southern part of the Togo-Atakora Range, a b...

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COMDEKS Project: Natewa-Tunuloa Peninsula, Fiji

  • Country: Fiji (Cakaudrove Province) Oceania
  • Group: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); Ministry of the Environment, Japan; Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity; United Nations University (UNU)
COMDEKS Project: Natewa-Tunuloa Peninsula, Fiji
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Coastal
  • Group:Forest
  • Group:Grass
  • Group:Water

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. The Landscape Geography The target landscape for COMDEKS activities in Fiji is the Natewa-Tunuloa Peninsula, covering an area of about 25,000 hectares. It is located on t...

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Governance-mix for resilient socio-ecological production landscapes in Austria – an example of the terraced riverine landscape Wachau

  • Country: Austria (Wachau Region) Western Europe
  • Group: University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU); University of Groningen
Governance-mix for resilient socio-ecological production landscapes in Austria – an example of the terraced riverine landscape Wachau
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Grass

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. 2] Like elsewhere in Central Europe, most of the Austrian landscape...

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Influencing SEPLS governance policy through action research: an assessment of recreational values to promote sustainable use of the Mabira Central Forest Reserve, Uganda

  • Country: Uganda (Mabira Central Forest Reserve) Eastern Africa
  • Group: Nature and Livelihoods
Influencing SEPLS governance policy through action research: an assessment of recreational values to promote sustainable use of the Mabira Central Forest Reserve, Uganda
  • Group:Forest

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Introduction Mabira Central Forest Reserve (hereafter referred to as “Mabira” or “Mabira Forest”) (29,974 ha) was first gazetted in 1932 (Mugumya & Shabomwe 1994)....

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Community agrobiodiversity management: an effective tool for sustainable food and agricultural production from SEPLS

  • Country: India (Wayanad, Kerala) Southern Asia
  • Group: M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, Community Agrobiodiversity Centre
Community agrobiodiversity management: an effective tool for sustainable food and agricultural production from SEPLS
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Introduction Resource use practices followed in SEPLS by communities including indigenous people that are often poor farmers, herders or fishermen have received wide recogniti...

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Heritage wheat renaissance in Montespertoli, Tuscany

  • Country: Italy (Tuscany) Southern Europe
  • Group: Romualdo del Bianco Foundation; University of St Andrews
Heritage wheat renaissance in Montespertoli, Tuscany
  • Group:Agricultural

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Introduction Tuscany, a region in central Italy with an area of about 23,000 square kilometres and a population of almost four million inhabitants, has been cultivated with di...

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Strengthening local capacity for conserving medicinal plants and improving livelihoods through domestication and integration of LBSAP in planning process

  • Country: Nepal (Rasuwa District) Southern Asia
  • Group: Kathmandu Forestry College
Strengthening local capacity for conserving medicinal plants and improving livelihoods through domestication and integration of LBSAP in planning process
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Introduction The rural landscape that encompasses the agrarian economy, fragile ecology and complex and differentiated society is changing rapidly in Nepal, creating new oppor...

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Transforming nomadic traditions to biodiversity-friendly livelihoods from the perspective of traditional forestrelated knowledge: the successful story of H Village of Yunnan Province in China

  • Country: China (Yunnan Province) Eastern Asia
  • Group: Centre of Forestry, Environmental and Resources Policy Study, Renmin University of China
Transforming nomadic traditions to biodiversity-friendly livelihoods from the perspective of traditional forestrelated knowledge: the successful story of H Village of Yunnan Province in China
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Introduction Poor people in many cases live in good quality forests with rich biodiversity, and this is particularly the case in hinterlands where indigenous people live (Liu ...

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Indicator species for agrobiodiversity in rice paddy fields: Research and its application in eastern rural Taiwan

  • Country: Chinese Taipei (Hualien County) Eastern Asia
  • Group: Hualien District Agricultural Research and Extension Station (HDARES), Council of Agriculture, Taiwan
Indicator species for agrobiodiversity in rice paddy fields: Research and its application in eastern rural Taiwan
  • Group:Agricultural

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Introduction Paddy is one of the major crops in the monsoon Asia. Through environmentally friendly farming and proper management of paddy fields, the biodiversity in the socio...

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