IPSI Newsletter, December 2018


Dear IPSI members and friends,

Greetings from the IPSI Secretariat in Tokyo, Japan. IPSI and its members continue to stay active in a wide variety of projects and activities related to maintaining and revitalizing socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes (SEPLS).

This month’s newsletter is a relatively short one, as we have just completed a successful CBD COP 14 and are looking forward to our winter holidays. We would like to wish all of our members and friends season’s greetings and the best in the coming calendar year. We also have a brief report from COP 14, a Call for Papers for the next volume of the “Satoyama Initiative Thematic Review”, an announcement of Calls for Nominations for experts and fellows from IPBES, and a newsletter and new issue brief from the “GEF-Satoyama Project”. We are also happy to introduce one of our newest members, GIERI based in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

As always, we hope you will contact us to submit any new case studies or other information about your activities, or if you have any questions or comments.

IPSI Secretariat


Season’s Greetings from the IPSI Secretariat

We at the IPSI Secretariat would like to sincerely thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation. 2018 has been another important year for our partnership, with a number of major events and achievements. Our most important asset, our membership, has now grown to 240 organizations in all regions of the world, and we look forward to working closely with all of you in the future.

As the calendar year comes to an end we hope you will keep in touch, and we wish you the best of success in your own lives and all of your work toward “societies in harmony with nature”.

Warmest wishes from the IPSI Secretariat staff at UNU-IAS in Tokyo (lower row from left: Eiji Tanaka, Hiroaki Takiguchi; upper row from left: Kana Yoshino, Evonne Yiu, Raffaela Kozar, Ayami Imai, Yohsuke Amano, William Dunbar)


IPSI Activities at CBD COP 14

The IPSI Secretariat recently took part in the Fourteenth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 14) from 17 to 29 November in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. We were very pleased to see so many representatives of IPSI members at the conference, and we are happy to report that the Satoyama Initiative and SEPLS were once again recognized by the COP for our contributions to biodiversity, and that we found that recognition of our work in the conservation community in general continues to grow. We also helped to organize two side events related to SEPLS:

• “Socio-Ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes for Biodiversity and Livelihood: Roles in Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework” on 17 November, led by Conservation International

• “Consolidation and Replication of Effective Landscape Approaches for Biodiversity Conservation and Human Livelihoods” on 19 November, led by the IPSI Secretariat

We would like to express our sincere thanks to the co-organizers of these events and everyone who took part in them. We were also able to take part in a number of related events held parallel to the conference, and we look forward to continuing to collaborate with all of our partners related to these important policy-making processes.


Call for Papers: “Understanding the multiple values associated with sustainable use in SEPLS” (Satoyama Initiative Thematic Review Vol. 5)

The United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) recently announced a call for papers for the fifth volume of the series “Satoyama Initiative Thematic Review”. The fifth volume will feature the theme “Understanding the multiple values associated with sustainable use in SEPLS”. 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 submissions.

The initial deadline for abstract submissions is 11 January 2019. Please see the full call for submissions on the IPSI website here.


IPBES Calls for Expert and Fellow Nominations for Assessment of Invasive Alien Species

The IPSI Secretariat recently received notice from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) of two calls for nominations for the upcoming assessment of invasive alien species:

• Call for nominations of experts

• Call for nominations of fellows

We encourage IPSI members to consider making nominations. The IPSI Secretariat has signed a Letter of Agreement with IPBES to provide support through the IPSI network, and this is a good opportunity to contribute to ongoing policy-related work on biodiversity and ecosystem services.

According to the Calls, nominees should have expertise related to the themes and skills required for the chapters of the assessment as set out in its scoping document (available here). If you are aware of any good candidates, please make your nominations directly to IPBES.

For more information including how to make nominations, please see the full Call for Nominations for Experts here and the Call for Nominations for Fellows here.


GEF-Satoyama Project Newsletter and Issue Brief

The IPSI collaborative activity “Mainstreaming Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Management in Priority Socio-ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes”, known as the “GEF-Satoyama Project” is an effort to “achieve societies in harmony with nature, with sustainable primary production sector based on traditional and modern wisdom, and making significant contributions to global targets for conservation of biological diversity” by working in targeted biodiversity hotspots around the world. The project is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), implemented by Conservation International’s CI-GEF Project Agency and executed by Conservation International Japan in cooperation with the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS, the Secretariat of the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative) and Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES).

The GEF-Satoyama Project recently produced its quarterly newsletter, including updates from project components and reports of the recent GEF Satoyama Consolidation Workshop held in Mahebourgh, Mauritius on August 21-24, 2018. The newsletter is available on the GEF-Satoyama Project website here.

One output of the workshop was also the production of an Issue Brief on “SEPLS: Experiences overcoming barriers from around the world”, which identifies challenges faced by SEPLS, including insufficient recognition of their value, disappearing traditional knowledge, and weak governance, and some suggestions and lessons learned from project subgrantees. The Issue Brief is available for download here.



New Member Introduction: GIERI

GIERI (Groupe d’Intervention Pour l’Encadrement Et La Réhabilitation Intégrale) or Intervention Group for Framing and Integral Rehabilitation is a non profit organization registered in the Democratic Republic of Congo since 1997. GIERI’s mission is to contribute in building conditions of peace environment and to promote the community development in its range.  Adopting the Philosophy of  Australian Landcare principles, GIERI has several aims, including:

• Improving the nutritional requirements of the people by adopting appropriate operating framework for the rehabilitation of existing agrarian structures, victims of natural disasters or war;

• Participate in any action aimed at environmental protection and environmental sanitation;

• Rallying the community development environment based on the initiatives of the local population;

• Actively participate in advocacy activities for the promotion and socio-economic reintegration of youth;

• To contribute to the alleviation of poverty and vulnerable to disaster especially to facilitate their reintegration into the workforce;

• Promoting Carbon Sequestration by protecting the forest community.

• Promoting Agro-Ecology and Food Sovereignty.

In recent years with a return of peace and stability in the region, the focus of GIERI’s activities have been on land restoration and environmental works and social community, including the implementation of a project in partnership with Australian Landcare International to reforest the degraded slopes of Kabare and Kasha Hills. GIERI mobilised the community within the catchment of Lake Kivu to address issues of land degradation caused by deforestation for firewood and construction materials. Despite operating in a high-risk environment plagued by rebels, the community dreams of the role of agroforestry in restoring their soils and protecting their land to attract youth into farming rather than warfare.

For more information, please visit the GIERI website here.



Please be sure to let the Secretariat know if there are any changes in your e-mail address or contact information.

Secretariat of the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative
5–53–70 Jingumae
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-8925

Tel: +81 3-5467-1212
Fax: +81 3-3499-2828

Email: isi@unu.edu

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