Satoyama Initiative Featured in WorldBio 2022


On 8 June 2022, IPSI Secretariat participated in the WorldBio 2022 event organized by the CBD Secretariat, the Government of Sao Paulo, and ICLEI to discuss how local and subnational governments can catalyse the implementation of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. 

The event discussed five priority themes for subnational governments: 

  1. Governance, communication, technology transfer & capacity building, and environmental education; 
  2. Cities – pilots on nature-based solutions, ecosystem-based approaches and ecosystem restoration; 
  3. Ecosystem services, green & blue economy and finance instruments to leverage increased funding for, and investment in, local and landscape level biodiversity actions and projects; 
  4. Protected areas and other effective area-based conservation measures (OECMs) – highlighting pilots on oceans and coasts; and 
  5. Science – pilots on tropical forests, mainly on restoration, botany, primates, reforestation and urban forestry & agriculture, and nature sensitive renewable energy. 

Bruno Leles (Partnerships Associate, IPSI Secretariat) gave a presentation about using Socio-ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes (SEPLS) to promote rural-urban integration and showcased examples from Chapela, Spain and Hong Kong, SAR China. He also called subnational governments to join the partnership and work together with IPSI members to accelerate the promotion of sustainable production and consumption.  

Following the presentation, the CBD Secretariat emphasized the importance of the Satoyama Initiative as a driver of innovation in sustainable production and landscape management, a central issue on the agenda of many local governments. Ms Marlene Laros, from the Environmental Affairs and Development Planning of the Western Cape Government, South Africa, also pointed out the role of sustainable production landscapes and seascapes for the effective conservation of Biosphere reserves in South Africa.  

After the conclusion of the event on 09 June 2022, organizers will submit recommendations at the CBD COP 15 Part 2, reinforcing the Edinburgh Process and the draft recommendation on the Engagement with Subnational Governments, Cities and Other Local Authorities to enhance the implementation of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. The recommendation includes a 10-year Plan of Action on Subnational Governments, Cities and Other Local Authorities. 

 Watch the event here

Presentation by Bruno Leles