SDM 2020: Results Announcement


(from the SDM Executive Board)

In 2013, the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), the United Nations University Institute for Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS), and the Ministry of the Environment of Japan (MOEJ) jointly launched the “Satoyama Development Mechanism (SDM)” as a collaborative activity under the framework of IPSI to facilitate further implementation of IPSI activities by providing seed funding to promising project proposals.

The SDM Secretariat announced a call for proposals for the SDM 2020 earlier this year. By the deadline for applications, the Secretariat had received a record number of applications. An SDM Executive Board meeting was convened to consider the eligible proposals in line with the project screening criteria and prioritisation criteria. Within a set of competent proposals, the following six were selected, which were deemed the most promising for the implementation and promotion of the concept of the Satoyama Initiative.

List of SDM sub-grant recipients selected in 2020

  1. Accelerated Rural Development Organization (ARDO), [NGO, Ghana]
    “Transforming rice production along the Weto range towards sustainable socio-ecological services”
  2. Centre for Chinese Agricultural Policy (CCAP) / UNEP- IEMP of Chinese Academy of Science, [Academic, educational and/or research institute, China]
    “Strengthen partnerships and scaling up living model of using SEPLS in community-based agrobiodiversity enhancement and livelihood security for adapting to changes and crisis”
  3. Environmental Protection & Conservation Organisation (EPCO), [NGO, Mauritius]
    “Enhancing socio-ecological production landscapes & seascapes at ‘Riviere du Cap’ wetlands to reduce pressure on the marine ecosystem in Mauritius”
  4. National Dong-Hwa University (NDHU), [Academic, educational and/or research institute, Taiwan]
    “Development of locally-sensitive indicators of resilience as a tool for adaptive landscape management in Taiwan’s SEPLS”
  5. Nirmanee Development Foundation, [Indigenous or local community organisations, Sri Lanka]
    “Recognizing Kandyan Forest Home Gardens (KFHGs) of Sri Lanka as Socio-ecological Production Landscape”
  6. VICAM: Vicuñas, Camelidos y Ambiente, [Academic, educational and/or research institute, Argentina]
    “Altiplano, Jujuy Province, NW Argentina”

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