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2021 High-Level Political Forum Side Event on Satoyama Initiative


This online side event of the 2021 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) will explore the role of socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes (SEPLS) in achieving the SDGs. It will highlight the contributions of SEPLS — areas where sustainable production activities and resource management can result in societies in harmony with nature — to recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework.

The event will share knowledge and experiences from the global network of the Satoyama Initiative and explore how they can be upscaled and mainstreamed into policy dialogue. Key lessons will be presented from the network’s programmes including Community Development & Knowledge Management for the Satoyama Initiative (COMDEKS), for institutionalising landscape and seascape approaches in national and sub-national policies. This will be critical to implementing key global agendas including the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, and the Paris Agreement on climate change.

This online event will be held on Friday, 9 July at 07:30–09:00 (EDT). Participation is open to the public, with advance registration required.


Questions may be posed in English, Japanese, Spanish, or French.

This event is organised by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat, and co-organised by the Ministry of the Environment, Japan; UNDP; the Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP); the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES); and UNU-IAS, host of the IPSI Secretariat.

*The detailed write-up of the event is available on the UNU-IAS website here. The event can be viewed on video by clicking here.