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International Experts Meeting on the Satoyama Initiative Concept


International experts discussed the Satoyama Initiative concept on 25 July 2009 at UNU Tokyo. The discussion consisted of three themes; the importance and significance of the satoyama landscape for human well-being and conservation of biodiversity, and the Satoyama Initiative’s vision and approach for maximum effectiveness.


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International Expert Meeting on the International Satoyama Initiative Concept

“Biodiversity and Sustainability”

Saturday, 25 July 2009, from 10:00 am to 5:45 pm

Venue: Elizabeth Rose Hall, UNU HQ, Tokyo, Japan

Organized by: United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS)
Co-organized by:In cooperation with: Ministry of the Environment of Japan (MoEJ)United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD)

Utsunomiya University

*Open to the Public.

*Simultaneous English & Japanese interpretation will be provided.










The objectives of the Meeting are to:

  1. (i)Discuss if Satoyama, which embraces the notion of a socio-ecological production landscape, can offer a management approach to optimize ecosystem services for human well-being while minimizing the loss of biodiversity;
  2. (ii)Introduce the International Satoyama Initiative, its objectives and targets; and invite reactions to help design the initiative for maximum effectiveness.


Meeting Agenda
Opening of the Meeting

10:00 – 10:10  Opening Remarks

Mr.Masaki Suzuki (Director General, Nature Conservation Bureau, MOEJ)

Prof. Kazuhiko Takeuchi (Vice Rector, UNU / Professor, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences , The University of Tokyo)

10:10 – 10:15   Introduction to the Meeting

10:15 –10: 35  Introduction “Concept of Satoyama and International Satoyama Initiative

Prof. Kazuhiko Takeuchi


Session 1:    Can Ecosystem Services be Optimized or Improved without Loss of Biodiversity through the Human Interaction?

10:35–11: 05   Presentation 1 “Progress in evaluating the biodiversity, ecosystem functioning, ecosystem service connection chain

Prof. Harold Mooney (Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University)

11:05–11: 35   Presentation 2 “Satoyama: Social-ecological Production Landscapes for Human Well-being

Dr. Anantha Kumar Duraiappah (Chief, Ecosystem Services and Economics, UNEP)

11:35–12: 05   Presentation 3 “From forced self-sustained inhabitancy to preferred sustainable community

Prof. Noriyuki Tanaka (Professor, Center for Sustainability Science, Hokkaido University)

12:05–13: 30   Lunch


Session 2: International Satoyama Initiative Concept
13:30 –14:45   Round Table Discussion 1: What is a Satoyama-Like Landscape? (presentation file)

14.45-15.00      Short break

15.00 –16.15   Round Table Discussion 2:What Should the International Satoyama Initiative Look Like? (presentation file)

Chair for the both Round Table Discussion 1 &2  : Prof. Kazuhiko Takeuchi

16.15 –17: 15   Coffee Break


Closing of the Meeting

17:15 – 17:40  Chair’s Summary

Prof. Kazuhiko Takeuchi

17:40 –17:45   Closing Remarks

Mr.Tsunao Watanabe (Councillor , MOEJ)

Summary Records

Chair’s summary


Discussion Papers

Discussion Paper I

Satoyama-like Landscapes targeted by “Initiative” download

Discussion Paper II

The Initiative Vision and How “Initiative” will Progress download

Discussion Paper II Reference

【Perspectives on Land Usage & the Management & Utilization of Natural Resources】
A summary of the issues that were discussed at the Satoyama Initiative International Workshop (convened in Tokyo on March 6, 2009) download

Presentation Files

Kazuaki Hoshino, Ministry of the Environment of Japan

Tohru Nakashizuka, Tohoku University