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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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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Improving natural resource management and biodiversity conservation in the Laikipia county ecosystem, Kenya

  • Country: Kenya (Laikipia County) Eastern Africa
  • Group: Laikipia Wildlife Forum
Improving natural resource management and biodiversity conservation in the Laikipia county ecosystem, Kenya
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest
  • Group:Water

Summary Sheet The summary sheet for this case study is available here. Introduction: natural and social background [Note: this case study was originally published in the publication “Socio-ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes (SEPLS) ...

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Community-based monitoring and information systems as an emerging toolkit to improve management of SEPLS

  • Country: Global Global
  • Group: Forest Peoples Programme
Community-based monitoring and information systems as an emerging toolkit to improve management of SEPLS
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Coastal
  • Group:Forest
  • Group:Grass
  • 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. 1. Since it was first produced, further developments have occurred, ma...

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Facilitating biological and freshwater resource conservation by agricultural activities at Gongliao-Hoho-Terraced-Paddy-Fields, Taiwan

  • Country: Taiwan (Xinbei City) Eastern Asia
  • Group: Environmental Ethics Foundation of Taiwan (EEFT)
Facilitating biological and freshwater resource conservation by agricultural activities at Gongliao-Hoho-Terraced-Paddy-Fields, Taiwan
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Water

1. Background Gongliao located at the rainy low-elevated hill area in the Northern-Eastern Taiwan. Over the past 160 years, numerous farmers had built thousands of hectares of terraced paddy fields in the winding Shuangxi River Valley. However, th...

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Resuscitating the Sundarbans: Customary Use of Biodiversity & Traditional Cultural Practices in Bangladesh

  • Country: Bangladesh (Khulna Division) Southern Asia
  • Group: 1) Unnayan Onneshan 2) Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA) 3) Forest People Programme (FPP) 4) Nijera kori
Resuscitating the Sundarbans: Customary Use of Biodiversity & Traditional Cultural Practices in Bangladesh
  • Group:Forest
  • Group:Water

This Study is a collaborative action research activity participated in by community members. It explores the nature of the Sundarban Reserve Forest, and the strategies for biodiversity conservation and sustainable use as well as the qualitative p...

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Community Development to Live in Harmony with the Oriental White Stork in Toyooka City, Hyogo, Japan

  • Country: Japan (Toyooka City, Hyogo Prefecture) Eastern Asia
  • Group: Toyooka City
Community Development to Live in Harmony with the Oriental White Stork in Toyooka City, Hyogo, Japan
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Forest
  • Group:Water

1 Regional Profile Toyooka City is located in the northeast part of Hyogo Prefecture. It is bordered by Kyoto Prefecture in the east and the Sea of Japan in the north, and was formed by merging Toyooka City, Kinosaki Town, Takeno Town, Hidaka Town...

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Land use change in Uganda’s drylands, impacts, and opportunities for enhancing livelihood sustainability

  • Country: Uganda Eastern Africa
  • Group: Nature and Livelihoods
Land use change in Uganda’s drylands, impacts, and opportunities for enhancing livelihood sustainability
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Grass
  • Group:Water

Introduction There are three major categories of drylands: Arid zones with rainfall of 200-500 mm/year, Semi-arid zones which receive 500-1000 mm of rainfall/year, and Dry sub-humid zones with 1000-1500 mm rainfall/year (UNDP, UNEP & UNCCD...

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Assessment of Lentic-Lotic Basin Biodiversity Improvement through a Cyclic Platform Process of Management

  • Country: --- Global
  • Group: International Lake Environment Committee Foundation (ILEC)
Assessment of Lentic-Lotic Basin Biodiversity Improvement through a Cyclic Platform Process of Management
  • Group:Water

I. Introduction The riparian and watershed basins of lentic-lotic (e.g., lake-river, pond-stream, wetland-feeder river) systems are among the most bio-diverse ecosystems on the globe, and they have been facing serious threats of degradation. T...

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