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.


8 July 2015: UNU CAFÉ event featuring Ms. Yoko Watanabe


Longtime IPSI friend, Ms. Yoko Watanabe, Asia Regional Coordinator of Programs at the Secretariat of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), was the invited speaker at a “UNU CAFÉ” event held at the Headquarters of the United Nations Unive... [ more ]

1 July 2015: Symposium: Regional Applications and Nexus of the Ocean Health Index in Tokyo, Japan


A symposium was held on 1 July 2015 in Nakajima Hall at the University of Tokyo in Japan, titled “Regional Applications and Nexus of the Ocean Health Index”, and organized by IPSI partners the Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences o... [ more ]

24-26 June 2015: IPSI Case Study Workshop in Tokyo, Japan


A workshop was held by the IPSI Secretariat with collaboration from the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) from 24 to 26 June 2015 at the United Nations University Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan as part of a major effort to make the ... [ more ]

8-15 June 2015: CBD Workshops in Panajachel, Guatemala


The Secretariat of the Convention for Biological Diversity organized three workshops in Panajachel, Guatemala in June 2015 related to Article 8(j) of the Convention, which deals with indigenous peoples and local communities and traditional knowledge:... [ more ]

28 May 2015: UNU-IAS OUIK International Symposium on Biocultural Diversity in Kanazawa, Japan


The United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability Operating Unit Ishikawa-Kanazawa (UNU-IAS OUIK) held an International Symposium titled “The Ishikawa – Kanazawa Biocultural Region: A model for linkages between biol... [ more ]

1-2 May 2015: International Conference on Island Biocultural Diversity in Mokpo, Republic of Korea


An International Conference on the Importance and Significance of Biocultural Diversity in Islands was held from 1-2 May by IPSI member the Institution for Marine and Island Cultures (MIC) of Mokpo National University in Mokpo, Republic of Korea. IPS... [ more ]

24 March 2015: Public Symposium: “Satoumi in Noto Peninsula” in Kanazawa, Japan


A public seminar was held on 24 March 2015 at Kanazawa Bunka Hall in Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan, titled “Satoumi in Noto Peninsula”, organized by the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability Ope... [ more ]

29 January 2015: International Symposium “Biocultural Diversity in Ishikawa: From Discovery to Coordination – How Can Local Governments Utilize Global Networks?” in Kanazawa, Japan


IPSI member the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability’s Operating Unit Ishikawa/Kanazawa (OUIK) organized an international seminar on 29 January 2015 in Kanazawa, Japan, with the purpose of discussing how to ... [ more ]

12-17 January 2015: Third Meeting of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services (IPBES-3) in Bonn, Germany


IPBES is an independent intergovernmental body open to all member countries of the United Nations, and provides a mechanism recognized by both the scientific and policy communities to synthesize, review, assess and critically evaluate relevant infor... [ more ]

30 November 2014: International Symposium on Hokusetsu Satoyama


An international symposium titled "From Hokusetsu Region to the World: our Satoyama" was held on 30 November 2014 at the Takarazuka Hotel in Takarazuka City, Japan. The symposium featured presentations by a number of experts on satoyama and sust... [ more ]