Call for Papers: Satoyama Initiative Thematic Review volume 4


The United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) are pleased to announce a call for papers for the fourth volume of the series “Satoyama Initiative Thematic Review”. The fourth volume will feature the theme “Sustainable use of biodiversity in socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes (SEPLS) and its contribution to effective area-based conservation”. Authors from IPSI member organizations who have case studies relevant to this theme are highly encouraged to submit a manuscript following the guidance provided in this call for papers.


About the “Satoyama Initiative Thematic Review”:

The Satoyama Initiative Thematic Review is a compilation of case studies providing useful knowledge and lessons focusing on a specific theme related to “socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes (SEPLS)”. The overall aim is to collect practical experiences and relevant knowledge, taking advantage of on-the-ground activities by practitioners while contributing to policy recommendations. Each volume also includes a synthesis chapter clarifying its relevance to policy and academic discussion to encourage the application of lessons learned in the field.

See the past volumes from the links below.

Satoyama Initiative Thematic Review Vol.1: “Enhancing knowledge for better management of socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes (SEPLS)”

Satoyama Initiative Thematic Review Vol.2: “Mainstreaming concepts and approaches of socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes (SEPLS) into policy and decision-making”

Satoyama Initiative Thematic Review Vol.3: “Livelihoods and socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes (SEPLS)” (coming soon)



“Sustainable use of biodiversity in socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes (SEPLS) and its contribution to effective area-based conservation”

In this volume we seek to highlight how the sustainable use of biodiversity as practiced in well-managed SEPLS can contribute to effective area-based conservation of biodiversity. The concept of SEPLS includes the idea that integrated and holistic management approaches can have mutual benefits for biodiversity and livelihoods, sustainably conserving biodiversity while providing humans with adequate ecosystem services. This volume will seek to highlight how such approaches on-the-ground can contribute to the goals of the global conservation agenda, especially in the context of the CBD and its Aichi Biodiversity Target 11—which contains the concept of protected areas and “other effective area-based conservation measures” and their integration into the wider landscapes and seascapes—while at the same time being effective and equitable for various stakeholders.



Aichi Biodiversity Target 11 is, “By 2020, at least 17 per cent of terrestrial and inland water areas and 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, especially areas of particular importance for biodiversity and ecosystem services, are conserved through effectively and equitably managed, ecologically representative and well-connected systems of protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures, and integrated into the wider landscape and seascape” [italics added].

Socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes (SEPLS) comprise a diverse mosaic of land-uses and natural habitats that may include formally- and informally-defined types of protected areas, production areas and areas with cultural and spiritual values. While formally-recognized protected areas are clearly delineated for Target 11, work is still ongoing to determine the nature and status of “other effective area-based conservation measures” (OECMs), and to evaluate the contribution to biodiversity conservation goals by integrated landscape and seascape management practices inside, adjacent to and outside of protected areas. SEPLS incorporate production activities, often carried out by smallholders, indigenous and local people who depend on the local natural resources and biodiversity for their livelihoods and therefore are motivated to manage the ecosystem in a sustainable manner, and may therefore contribute to the OECM aspect of Target 11.

As mentioned above, work is ongoing to clarify the role of OECMs. For example, IUCN-WCPA has produced a set of draft guidelines[1], including the working definition of an OECM as “a geographically defined space, not recognised as a protected area, which is governed and managed over the long-term in ways that deliver the effective and enduring in-situ conservation of biodiversity, with associated ecosystem services and cultural and spiritual values.” The long-term sustainable management of SEPLS may in many cases directly deliver these conservation benefits, while they may also play an important role in integrating protected areas and areas of importance for conservation into the wider landscapes and seascapes. For this reason, SEPLS could have strong policy significance for the achievement of the CBD’s Aichi Targets and NBSAPs, and also for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and others.

This volume will focus particularly on the relevance of SEPLS to aspects of Target 11 as explained above. Cases could highlight the roles, attitudes and actions of smallholders, indigenous peoples and local communities in conserving biodiversity through their actions in production landscapes and seascapes, especially where local on-the-ground benefits for biodiversity also have implications for national and global policymaking processes. IPSI partners are invited to contribute case studies related to this theme, demonstrating experiences and insights on, among others:

  • Challenges and opportunities for SEPLS in achieving biodiversity conservation and sustainable development
  • Actual biodiversity conservation benefits from the sustainable management of production landscapes and seascapes
  • Recognition of SEPLS as area-based conservation measures
  • Integration of protected areas into the wider landscapes and seascapes
  • Equitable institutional frameworks (local, national, regional or international) that value contributions from SEPLS and incorporate the interests of various stakeholders


How to submit a manuscript and what happens after submission:


Authors are invited to submit a paper if at least one of the authors belongs to an IPSI member organization. (See https://satoyama-initiative.org/old/en/partnership/ipsi_members/)



Authors are requested to submit an abstract (400 words) to the IPSI Secretariat by email (isi@unu.edu) by 10 January 2018. Submission of a full manuscript should be made before 10 March, after receiving confirmation from the editorial team. Authors are requested to follow the Authors’ Guide and the reference style, and are encouraged to use the Template for Manuscripts. Case studies that have already been submitted to the IPSI Secretariat can be submitted after editing as needed to conform to the Author’s Guide. After screening, selected authors will be informed in late March and then invited to a Case Study Workshop planned to be held in Japan in late May 2018. This Case Study Workshop will offer an opportunity for getting feedback on manuscripts and discussion among participants for development of a synthesis paper to be included in the volume.


Timeline (dates are subject to change):

10 January 2018:                 Deadline for submission of abstracts (400 words)

10 March 2018:                   Deadline for submission of full manuscripts

March 2018:                         Notification of selected authors

Late May 2018:                    Selected authors participate in Case Study Workshop (Japan)

July 2018:                              Revision of manuscripts

November 2018:                 Publication


Related documents:


For inquiries, please contact…

Mr. Yohsuke Amano or Ms. Evonne Yiu at the IPSI Secretariat (isi@unu.edu).

[1] https://www.cbd.int/pa/doc/guidelines-reporting-oecms-en.pdf