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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In-land Water

Indonesia: Rice Terrace Landscapes and Irrigation Associations (Subak) in Bali Island

  • Country: Indonesia (Bali) South-eastern Asia
  • Group: United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS); Japan Wildlife Research Center (JWRC)
Indonesia: Rice Terrace Landscapes and Irrigation Associations (Subak) in Bali Island
  • 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.] Bali is a volcanic island located in the tropics,...

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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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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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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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Building and Supporting Resilient Biocultural Territories in the Face of Climate Change

  • Country: --- Global
  • Group: Indigenous People’s Biocultural Climate Change Assessment Initiative (IPCCA)
Building and Supporting Resilient Biocultural Territories in the Face of Climate Change
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Coastal
  • Group:Forest
  • Group:Grass
  • Group:Water

I. Introduction Socio-ecological production landscapes, or Satoyama-like landscapes are the product of historical co-evolutionary relationships between communities and ecosystems. Most indigenous peoples have historically maintained harmonious rel...

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Integrating community development with the management of grasslands and wetlands at Ke’erqin nature reserve

  • Country: China (Inner Mongolia) Eastern Asia
  • Group: Renmin University of China
Integrating community development with the management of grasslands and wetlands at Ke’erqin nature reserve
  • Group:Grass
  • Group:Water

BACKGROUND Within the past thirty years, the total area of nature reserves in China has rapidly expanded to 14% of the country’s total land area, providing protection for endangered species and representative ecosystems in a qualified sense. Tradi...

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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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A review of policy actions for more resilient land management in the upper watersheds of Davao

  • Country: Philippines (Davao Region of Southern Mindanao) South-Eastern Asia
  • Group: Hydrology for the Environment, Life and Policy(HELP) Davao Network
A review of policy actions for more resilient land management in the upper watersheds of Davao
  • Group:Agricultural
  • Group:Water

1.Description of the Problem/ Challenge The challenge today in the Marilog area is the serious degradation of the ecosystems, including loss of forest cover, soil erosion and deteriorating water quality. The degradation of the upland ecosystem is ...

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Waterbird conservation promotes important energy flow between rice paddies and nearby Important Bird Areas in Cuba

  • Country: Cuba Caribbean
  • Group: Birdlife International
Waterbird conservation promotes important energy flow between rice paddies and nearby Important Bird Areas in Cuba
  • Group:Water

1.Regional Profile and the importance of rice cultivation in the national and local economy Cuba is the largest and most westerly island of the insular Caribbean, accounting for over 50% of the region’s land area. Mainland Cuba is 1,250 km long an...

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