IPSI welcomes three new members
We are pleased to announce that in March 2015, the IPSI Steering Committee unanimously confirmed three new member organizations, making the total of 167 member organizations. It is therefore our pleasure to welcome:
• MELCA-Ethiopia, (Movement for Ecological Learning and Community Action) based in Ethiopia, which works to increase the adaptive capacity to social and ecological shocks of communities and contribute to the creation of a healthy ecosystem and resilient community;
• Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts in Slovenia, whose mission is basic and applied research carried out through national research projects, centers of excellence and international projects, with special focus on environmental protection and care, preservation, protection, and management of cultural and natural heritage; and
• Hokusetsu Satoyama Museum Steering Council, located in Japan with the purpose to develop satoyama areas in the Hokusetsu region as the “Hokusetsu Satoyama Museum: Entire Region as a Museum,” and to promote their utilization in accordance with each user’s needs.
The new members, in addition to being involved in valuable projects in their own right, also help to increase IPSI’s presence by expanding our membership into two new countries (Ethiopia and Slovenia) while strengthening partnership within already represented areas. We look forward to collaborating closely with all of them in promoting the concept of the Satoyama Initiative in the future.