IPSI Newsletter, July 2015


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 contains reports from some recent events: the recent IPSI Case Study Workshop held at United Nations University Headquarters in Tokyo; a set of workshops organized by the CBD Secretariat in Guatemala; and a "UNU Café"  featuring Ms. Yoko Watanabe of the GEF Secretariat also held at UNU Headquarters. We would also like to share information on the upcoming ISAP 2015 conference to be held in Yokohama, Japan and events related to it from 27 to 29 July. We also have reports of the latest newsletter from the COMDEKS Programme and a new manual on biodiversity and sustainable tourism from the CBD Secretariat.

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


IPSI Case Study Workshop

A workshop was held by the IPSI Secretariat with collaboration from the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) from 24 to 26 June 2015 at the United Nations University Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan as part of a major effort to make the growing body of IPSI case studies more useful for practitioners and other stakeholders involved with SEPLS. The theme of this year's workshop was "Enhancing knowledge for better management of SEPLS”, covering topics regarding ways to identify, collect, document, maintain, exchange, refine, augment and make use of information and knowledge for better management of SEPLS.

Selected IPSI case study authors from around the world engaged in intensive discussions over the three days with many insights about challenges and potential outcomes of work in SEPLS.

The workshop was held as part of the process toward the publication of a "Satoyama Initiative Thematic Review" with the same theme as the workshop, including write-ups of the case studies presented and a synthesis paper aimed at bringing together the various projects and extracting lessons learned. The publication is planned to be launched by the end of 2015.


CBD Workshops in Guatemala

The Secretariat of the Convention for Biological Diversity organized three workshops in Panajachel, Guatemala in June 2015 related to Article 8(j) of the Convention, which deals with indigenous peoples and local communities and traditional knowledge: an "International Training Workshop on Community – Based Monitoring, Indicators on Traditional Knowledge and Customary Sustainable Use and Community Protocols, within the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020" on 8-10 June; a “Dialogue Workshop on Assessment of Collective Action of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities in Biodiversity Conservation and Resource Mobilization" on 11-13 June; and an "Expert Meeting on the Repatriation of Traditional Knowledge Relevant to the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biological Diversity" on 14-15 June.

IPSI Secretariat staff were happy to see many representatives of IPSI member organizations in attendance. Mr. William Dunbar of the Secretariat was invited as an expert for the first two workshops, and gave presentations on the Indicators of Resilience in Socio-ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes project and its relevance to community-based monitoring and resource mobilization in the CBD financial reporting framework.

More information on the workshops, including background reading and presentation files, can be found on the CBD website here.


UNU CAFÉ event featuring Ms. Yoko Watanabe

Longtime IPSI friend, Ms. Yoko Watanabe, Asia Regional Coordinator of Programs at the Secretariat of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), was the invited speaker at a "UNU CAFÉ" event held at the Headquarters of the United Nations University (UNU) in Tokyo, Japan on 8 July 2015.

Prior to joining the GEF, Ms. Watanabe worked for the World Wildlife Fund for Nature’s (WWF) Mongolia and US offices, as well as in the Nepal and Mongolia country offices of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). At UNU CAFÉ, Ms. Watanabe talked about her career path and experience working at GEF and UNDP, and also her experiences working with the Satoyama Initiative and IPSI.

More information on the event can be found at the UNU-IAS website here.


ISAP 2015 - "Solutions for Change"

The International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific (ISAP 2015) will be held on 28 and 29 July 2015 at the Pacifico Yokohama Conference Center in Yokohama, Japan. ISAP is a major event held each year, with speakers on sustainability from around the Asia-Pacific region and the world. The theme of this year’s event will be “Solutions for Change: Forging Multi-stakeholder Partnerships towards 2030", with a focus on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and climate change.

We would like  to bring two events surrounding ISAP 2015 to your attention:


1) The United Nations University Institute for Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) will hold a parallel session on “Satoyama and Sustainable Development:Bridging Project Financing and Knowledge Generation” during the International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific (ISAP 2015) on 29 July 2015 at the Pacifico Yokohama Conference Center in Yokohama, Japan.

Presentations are expected from experts in SEPLS around Asia and the world, including:

• Kazuhiko Takeuchi, Senior Vice-Rector, United Nations University (UNU) / Director and Professor, Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S) The University of Tokyo

• Wataru Suzuki, Senior Coordinator, United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS)

• Yoko Watanabe, Asia Regional Coordinator of Programs, Global Environment Facility (GEF)

• Yasushi Hibi, Vice President for Asia Policy / Managing Director for Japan Program, Conservation International

• Prasert Trakansuphakon, President, Indigenous Knowledge and Peoples (IKAP) Network, Thailand

• Kazuaki Hoshino, Project Professor, Kagoshima University

For more information about this event, please contact the IPSI Secretariat or see the event page on the ISAP website here.


2) The Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) programme at United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) will hold a symposium where the ProSPER.Net-Scopus Young Scientist Award in Sustainable Development will be awarded on 27 July 2015 at the Pacifico Yokohama Conference Center  in Yokohama, Japan, back-to-back with ISAP2015 (see above).

The ProSPER.Net-Scopus Young Scientist Award in Sustainable Development is given annually to young scientists or researchers, based in the Asia-Pacific region (excluding USA and Canada), who have made significant contributions in the area of Sustainable Development. For 2015, Awards will be given in the areas of Energy, Water and Biodiversity.

More information about the event, including the programme and instructions for registration, can be found on the ProSPER.Net website here.


COMDEKS Newsletter – A quarterly update of activities – Issue 12

The Community Development and Knowledge Management for the Satoyama Initiative (COMDEKS) programme is a unique global programme implemented by the UNDP as a collaborative activity under IPSI. The twelfth issue of the COMDEKS Newsletter was recently published, highlighting:

(1) National Energy Globe Award to COMDEKS grantee in Mongolia
(2) Upcoming Satoyama Initiative Regional Workshop in Africa
(3) “Today for me, tomorrow for you”: assessment in Turkey
(4) A community-based approach to measuring resilience in peri-urban areas
(5) Financial Inclusion in Northern Malawi
(6) Portfolio updates: Costa Rica, Cameroon and a photo story from Niger

The COMDEKS Newsletter is available for download on the COMDEKS website here.


New Publication: SCBD Manual on Sustainable Tourism

IPSI Member the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) recently published a manual presenting guidelines on sustainable tourism and management in sensitive biodiversity areas. Tourism and travel was one of the major themes of last year's Satoyama Initiative Regional Workshop in Florence, organized by the IPSI Secretariat and member organization the Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation, so many members who were present at the workshop, and those who were not, may find many lessons to be learned from the new manual.

According the the announcement, "The manual is the result of a collaboration between the CBD Secretariat, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and some 140 experts from around the world to identify current trends and upcoming issues and opportunities on the links between sustainable tourism development and the CBD agenda, and is meant to be used as a transformative tool for sustainable consumption."

The manual is available for download on the CBD website here.



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