IPSI Global Conference

2-6 September 2019: The Eighth IPSI Global Conference (IPSI-8)


The Eighth Global Conference of the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI-8) was held 2-6 September 2019 in Kumamoto, Japan, organized by the IPSI Secretariat in cooperation with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Ministry of the Environment, Japan, and the Kumamoto Prefectural Government. An Expert Thematic Workshop on Landscape Approaches for the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework was also held back-to-back with IPSI-8.


The IPSI Global Conference consists of a closed meeting of the IPSI Steering Committee, a meeting of the General Assembly that is open to all IPSI members, and a Public Forum, open to the general public. The Steering Committee and General Assembly meetings deal mostly with administrative matters for the partnership, while the Public Forum is intended to further the discussion of issues related to landscape and seascapes, and to inform a broader audience about IPSI and its activities.

Public Forum

A Public Forum on "Socio-ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes for Biodiversity Conservation" was held 14:00-18:00 on Wednesday, 4 September 2019. This was a joint event between IPSI-8 and the Expert Thematic Workshop. The IPSI Public Forum aims to inform the general public about  relevant issues and encourage discussion of landscape approaches, production landscapes and seascapes, and biodiversity conservation. This year's event also showcased international and local experiences of SEPLS, and Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) conservation in Kumamoto. The event flyer can be downloaded by clicking the image below.

Programme: IPSI-8 General Assembly



  • Opening
  • Selection of the Chair of the IPSI-8 General Assembly
  • Agenda Item 1: Adoption of the Agenda
  • Agenda Item 2: Report from the Chair of the IPSI Steering Committee
  • Agenda Item 3: Report from the Director of the IPSI Secretariat
  • Agenda Item 4: Rotation of IPSI Steering Committee Membership
  • Agenda Item 5: Other Matters
  • Closing

Programme: IPSI-8 Public Forum


Opening Remarks

  • Prof. Kazuhiko Takemoto, Director, United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of sustainability
  • Mr. Toshio Torii, Director General, Nature Conservation Bureau, Ministry of the Environment, Japan
  • Mr. Taisuke Ono, Vice Governor, Kumamoto Prefecture

Keynote Speeches

  • "Role of Socio-Ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes (SEPLS) for the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework" Prof. Kazuhiko Takeuchi, Senior Visiting Professor, UNU-IAS; President, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES); Project Professor, The University of Tokyo Institute for Future Initiatives (PPT)
  • "Post-2020 process on Global Biodiversity Targets", Ms. Caridad Canales, Agro-Biodiversity and Inland Waters Officer, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (PPT)

Panel Session

  • "Landscape approaches in the IPBES Global Assessment Report" Dr. Suneetha M. Subramanian, Principal Visiting Fellow, UNU-IAS (PPT)
  • "The Approach for the Creation of a Regional Circular and Ecological Sphere to accomplish Build Back Better in Aso", Prof. Minoru Fukuzaki, Chair, Liberal Arts Education Center Kyushu Campus, Tokai University; Kyushu Branch Office Director, Research Institute of Civilization, Tokai University (PPT)
  • "Landscape Approach and Agricultural Biodiversity", Dr. Anil Nadesa Kumar, Executive Director, M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (PPT)
  • "Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems: Managing Aso Grasslands for Sustainable Agriculture", Mr. Masamitsu Koba, Executive Director, Aso Region GIAHS Promotion Association (PPT)
  • "Practice of landscape approach in Minami Aso area", Ms. Eri Otsu, Director, Institute GIAHS Life Aso, O2farm; Director, NPO Heroines for Environment and Rural Support; Chief Executive Officer, Co. Satoyama Energy (PPT)

Panel Discussion

  • Dr. Hiroaki Takiguchi, Moderator, Project Director, UNU-IAS