IPSI Newsletter, August 2013


Fourth IPSI Global Conference (IPSI-4) in Fukui, Japan
September is rapidly approaching, and marks an exciting time for IPSI. From 12-14 September, IPSI members will be gathering in Japan’s Fukui Prefecture for the Fourth IPSI Global Conference (IPSI-4), under the theme “The Way Forward: Implementing the IPSI Strategy for the Benefit of Biodiversity and Human Well-being”. Preparations are already at an advanced stage, and the Secretariat has sent a registration announcement for IPSI-4 to all members, so if you have not yet received such an email and are interested in attending, please contact the Secretariat as soon as possible. IPSI-4 will be convened in Fukui, Japan on 12-14 September 2013 as follows:

12 Sep (Thu)

13 Sep (Fri)

14 Sep (Sat)




Poster session

Public Forum

Poster session


Public Forum

Public Symposium


Side Event: Satoyama Dialogue with Political Leaders

Call for Proposals: “Satoyama Development Mechanism”
As one of the IPSI Collaborative Activities, 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) are pleased to announce an open call for proposals under the “Satoyama Development Mechanism (SDM) 2013” to facilitate further implementation of IPSI activities. The objectives of the SDM are to: (1) Promote the implementation of activities under the IPSI Strategy and Plan of Action (2) Promote the development of model practices for living in harmony with nature through sustainable use of SEPLS and contribution to the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, and (3) Provide an incentive for IPSI members to strengthen partnerships and to generate a knock-on effect from joint activities for the sustainable use of SEPLS. One or two projects will be selected under each of four project types, and will be provided with a maximum of approximately 10,000 USD for their implementation. Please refer here for further details, and we look forward to receiving your proposals.
IPSI Welcomes Five New Member Organizations
In August 2013, the IPSI Steering Committee unanimously approved five new membership applications, bringing the total number of IPSI members to 147. It is therefore a pleasure to welcome:
  • Environmental Education Centre Zapovedniks (website)
  • Natural Resources Office (NRO), Sabah
  • Overseas Environmental Cooperation Center, Japan (website)
  • Sumitomo Forestry Co., LTD (website)
  • University of Cyprus (website)
Please keep checking future newsletters for self-introductions by new members.
New Member Introduction: University of Cyprus
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From: Professor Costas M. Constantinou
The University of Cyprus constitutes a vigorous community of scholars engaged in the generation and diffusion of knowledge. The main objectives of the University are: (1) the promotion of scholarship and education through teaching and research, and (2) the enhancement of the cultural, social and economic development of Cyprus. In this context, the University believes that education must provide more than simply accumulation of knowledge and encourages the active participation of students in the process of learning as well as their acquisition of those values necessary for responsible involvement in the community. The University has researchers and research centres working extensively on themes related to the environment, production, recycling as well as on the enhancement and engagement of sustainability from various practical and theoretical angles. There are researchers that currently examine, for example, shifts in biopolitics and biodiplomacy in the context of the merging of diplomacy, defence and development; the practical implementation of engineering solutions to environmental problems; and water management and socio-economic analysis of water-related issues. The University also practices environmentalism and sustainability and aims to become a fully functioning Green campus through eco-friendly buildings and solar-power energy projects.