IPSI Global Conference

4-5 October 2014: The Fifth IPSI Global Conference (IPSI-5) in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea


The IPSI-5 Official Report is now available for download here.


The Fifth IPSI Global Conference (IPSI-5) was held from 4 to 5 October 2014 in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea. The conference was held back-to-back with the twelfth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP12), and offered a good chance for many IPSI members and non-members alike to meet in person and discuss further ways to collaborate and promote the principles of the Satoyama Initiative.

The IPSI Global Conference consists of two main events, the Assembly and the Public Forum.


The Assembly was held from 14:00 to 17:00 on Saturday, 4 October 2014. The assembly is primarily for information-sharing and decisions regarding the future direction of IPSI, and is open to all IPSI members.

Public Forum

The Public Forum is open to the general public as well as IPSI members, and was held from 9:00 to 13:00 on Sunday, 5 October 2014. The Public Forum is an opportunity for non-members to learn about IPSI and its activities as well as a venue for discussion of various topics related to socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes (SEPLS), their revitalization and sustainable management.

This year’s Public Forum had the theme “Furthering action in production landscapes and seascapes for sustainable development”, and featured a number of interesting presentations:


・ IPSI Secretariat   Public Forum_Introduction

Panel Session 1: IPSI actions for capacity building

  • Dr. Jeeranuch Sakkhamduang (Institute of Environment Rehabilitation and Conservation, Thailand), ‘Program on Promoting Sustainable Use of Natural Resources through Restoring and Conserving SEPLS in Cambodia ’  PF1-1_Jeeranuch SAKKHAMDUANG_ERECON
  • Mrs. Vore Gana Seck (Green Senegal, Senegal), ‘Initiative for the reserve’   PF1-2_Vore SECK_GREEN Senegal
  • Ms. To Kien Dang (Social Policy Ecology Research Institute, Viet Nam), ‘Exploring the Human Ecology Practical Area (HEPA) a practical model for living in harmony with Nature in Northern Central Vietnam ’ PF1-3 Kien Dang_SPERI
  • Prof. Inocencio Buot Jr. (University of the Philippines Open University, Philippines), ‘Governance of Medicinal Plant Resources by Local Communities in a Rural Landscape in Siquijor, Central Philippines’ PF1-4_Inocencio Jr. Buot_UPOU

Panel Session 2: IPSI actions for supporting livelihoods

  • Mr. Gerald Jetony (Natural Resources Office, Sabah, Malaysia), ‘Sabah’s experience and practice for sustainable development and conservation’ PF2-1_Gerald Jetony_NRO Sabah
  • Dr. Elliot Haruna Alhassan (Faculty of Renewable Resources, University for Development Studies, Ghana), ‘Indigenous Conservation approach of inland wetlands in the Northern Region of Ghana’ PF2-2_Elliot H. Alhassan_UDS
  • Dr. William Olupot (Nature and Livelihoods, Uganda), ‘Cranes as Flagships for Promoting Use of Wetlands as SEPLS’ PF2-3_William Olupot_Nature and Livelihoods
  • Mr. Jayant Sarnaik (Applied Environmental Research Foundation, India), ‘Promoting green entrepreneurship for biodiversity conservation and resilient communities in socio-ecological production landscapes from the North Western Ghats, India’ PF2-4_Jayant Prabhakar Sarnaik_AERF

Plenary discussion: Sharing experiences in IPSI member activities

・ IPSI Secretariat Public Forum_sharing experiences on IPSI member activities

IPSI Side Event (6 October)

(For a full write-up of this event, please see the event page here)

IPSI Secretariat hosted a side event on Monday, 6 October 2014 entitled “Contribution to the Aichi Biodiversity Targets from the ground up”. This side-event showcased efforts by diverse members of the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI), which since its launch in October 2010 has expanded its membership in both developed and developing countries. The aim was to demonstrate approaches for gathering and engaging stakeholders at various levels in a collective dialogue for the sustainable use of biodiversity in culturally and socio-ecologically important landscapes.

Side Event 1 (6 Oct) Flyer COP12_IPSI_SideEvent1Flyer(final)

Keynote Speech

・Prof. Kazuhiko Takeuchi (Senior Vice-Rector, UNU),  “Sustainable Development and the Satoyama Initiative”  SE1-1_Prof. Takeuchi_UNU

IPSI Activity Presentations

・Mr. Masao Nishigaki (Group Manager, Nature and the Environment Division, Fukui Prefectual Government, Japan), “Conservation and Passing-on of Fukui’s Satoyama” SE1-2_Masao Nishigaki_Fukui Prefecture
・Prof. Bishnu Hari Pandit (Chair, Board of Directors, Kathmandu Forestry College (KAFCOL)), “Piloting the preparation and implementation of LBSAP for conservation and livelihood benefits of rural people in three ecological landscapes of Nepal” SE1-3 Bishnu Hari Pandit_KAFCOL
・Ms. Diana Salvemini (COMDEKS Project Manager, UNDP), “Communities in Action for Landscape Resilience and Sustainability – the COMDEKS Programme” SE1-4 Diana Salvemini_COMDEKS_UNDP
・Dr. Pablo Eyzaguirre (Senior Scientist , Bioversity International), “Indicators of resilience in Socio-Ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes (SEPLS): Indicators for managing renewable resources in pastures and seascapes” SE1-5 Pablo Eyzaguirre_Bioversity International

UNU-IAS Side Event (8 October)

(For a full write-up of this event, please see the event page here)

A side event hosted by UNU-IAS on Wednesday, 8 October 2014, called “Mobilizing Resources for Mainstreaming Biodiversity into Production Landscapes and Seascapes”. This side-event illustrated approaches developed under the Satoyama Initiative to mobilize resources for actions at the community level for the sustainable use of biodiversity. IPSI has created a number of collaborative activities among its members for resource mobilization. The Satoyama Development Mechanism (SDM), for instance, is an IPSI programme created as a seed fund to kick-start local activities. The Community Development and Knowledge Management for the Satoyama Initiative (COMDEKS) Project is a global project implemented by UNDP and delivered through the GEF Small Grants Programme to develop sound biodiversity management and sustainable livelihood activities with local communities to maintain, rebuild and revitalize landscapes. This session will highlight the effectiveness of these and other resource-mobilization schemes and seek potential ways for further improvement.

Side Event 2 (8 Oct) Flyer  COP12 UNU-IAS sideevent2_Flyer


・IPSI Secretariat SE2-1. Introduction_William Dunbar_UNU-IAS

Information Sharing

・Ms. Sana Okayasu (Institute Global Environmental Strategies), “The Satoyama Development Mechanism: kick-starting actions for the sustainable use of production landscapes and seascapes” SE2-2. Sana Okayasu_SDM_IGES

Panel Session

Mr. Alejandro Argumedo (ANDES), “Biocultural Landscapes in the Andes: Enhancing the multi-functionality of socioecological production landscapes” SE2-3. Alejandro Argumedo_ANDES

Mr. Nick Remple (UNDP), “Report on COMDEKS outcomes from respective project sites” SE2-4. Nick Remple_UNDP

Ms. Yoko Watanabe (GEF Secretariat), “Scaling up efforts in mainstreaming biodiversity in production landscapes and seascapes: GEF-6 approach and investment” SE2-5. Yoko Watanabe_GEF

Panel Discussion

Panelists + Moderator: Dr. Pablo Eyzaguirre (Bioversity International)

Other Information

A wide variety of events involving IPSI members and other IPSI-related organizations were also planned. Please see this page for a list of these events.

Check this space for further updates on reports.


Date Event Time Venue
4 October 2014 IPSI-5 Assembly

IPSI-5Assembly_Provisional Programme

14:00 – 17:00 Hall G, Room 3
5 October 2014 IPSI-5 Public Forum “Furthering action in production landscapes and seascapes for sustainable development”

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9:00 – 13:00 Hall G, Room 3
6 October 2014 IPSI Side Event at CBD COP12 “Contribution to the Aichi Biodiversity Targets from the ground up” 13:15 – 14:45 CEPA Fair, No. 3312
8 October 2014 UNU-IAS Side Event at CBD COP12 “Mobilizing Resources for Mainstreaming Biodiversity into Production Landscapes and Seascapes” 18:15 – 19:45 Hall B, Room 2