IPSI Newsletter, November 2019


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 landscape and seascape approaches towards "societies in harmony with nature".
This month’s newsletter contains an update on IPSI's engagement in the ongoing process towards development of a "post-2020 global biodiversity framework" and an announcement of the final version of the IPBES Global Assessment Report Summary for Policymakers, as well as an introduction to one of IPSI's newer members, EPCO based in Mauritius, and a featured case study from the World Agroforestry Centre.
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

Update on IPSI's engagement with the post-2020 global biodiversity framework process

As many readers are aware, the UN Decade on Biodiversity 2011-2020 will come to the end of its timeframe at the end of next year, and with it comes the end of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi Biodiversity Targets. In preparation for these changes, the Convention on Biological Diversity has been undertaking a process to develop a "post-2020 global biodiversity framework" to guide global biodiversity policy for the coming years. In addition to a number of calls for submissions and development of different publications, a working group has been formed to oversee the process, and a number of consultations and workshops are being held.
The IPSI Secretariat and IPSI partners have made a number of submissions to this process, and have been actively taking part in as many relevant events as possible. In addition to holding our own Expert Thematic Workshop on Landscape Approaches for the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework in September 2019, IPSI Secretariat staff have also recently taken part in:
At the time of writing of this newsletter, the Secretariat is attending:
Also in 2019, Secretariat staff plan to take part in:
At all of these meetings, the Secretariat is working with IPSI partners to promote the Satoyama Initiative concept and landscape and seascape approaches. We look forward to continuing to work with all of our partners to ensure that landscape and seascape approaches are contributing towards "societies in harmony with nature" in the next decade and beyond, so please be sure to let us know about your plans for engagement in this process.
Image credit: IPBES (ipbes.net)
The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) recently announced that it has finalized the Summary for Policymakers of its Global Assessment Report on biodiversity and ecosystem services. According to the report, it "represents a critical assessment, the first in almost 15 years and the first ever carried out by an intergovernmental body, of the status and trends of the natural world, the social implications of these trends, their direct and indirect causes, and, importantly, the actions that can still be taken to ensure a better future for all." UNU-IAS, host of the IPSI Secretariat, has signed a Letter of Agreement with IPBES to cooperate and provide key technical assistance, including dissemination of results through the IPSI network. We encourage all readers to read this summary, as it is an important resource for biodiversity conservation in general, and in particular for the development process for the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.
The Summary for Policymakers is available for download on the IPBES website here.

New Member Introduction: Environmental Protection & Conservation Organisation (EPCO)

EPCO is a non-governmental organization founded in 1987 and a member of the Global Environment Facility's CSO Network as well as the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA). Since December 2013, has been a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and in 2014 it became an executive member representing the Southern African Region of the Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Reduction (GNDR). Its main areas of work include:
1. Awareness campaigns with the public – Disaster Risk Reduction/Climate Change
2. Educational campaigns with primary and secondary schools
3. Event management and organization – World Environment Day/World Wetlands Day
4. Workshops on wide range of environmental problems (climate change, marine ecosystem, environment awareness)
5. Poverty alleviation projects/Community-based projects
6. Scientific and technical projects
7. Data collection – Beach monitoring, snail trail of destruction, vulnerability indexes
8. Corporate Social Responsibility Projects
9. Consultancy on environmental managements
10. Internship/Volunteering Programmes
11. Handmade/recycled crafts ("Made in Heaven")
EPCO has also participated in various international conferences and capacity-building workshops, and was a sub-grantee of the IPSI collaborative activity "GEF-Satoyama Project".
Please see the EPCO website here for more information.

Featured Case Study: World Agroforestry Centre

This case study, titled "From payment to co-investment for ecosystem services: Stewardship and livelihood improvement in the Lake Naivasha agro-production landscape, Kenya" was originally included in the Satoyama Initiative Thematic Review volume 3. Lake Naivasha, located downstream of Naivasha basin, is a designated Ramsar Site with rich biodiversity and an important global floriculture centre accounting for 35 percent of all flower sales in the European Union. Other industries include ranching, tourism, pastoralism and geothermal power generation. The upstream areas, consisting of a national park, forest reserves and smallholder farming lands, are important water towers for Lake Naivasha and its surroundings communities. Landscape degradation in the upstream catchment due to unsustainable agricultural farming practices has led to low farm productivity. The situation has significantly diminished the livelihoods and food security of upstream indigenous people and accelerated siltation and pollution of water bodies, thereby reducing water quantity and quality flowing downstream, and increasing the threat to the lake’s ecological potential to support socioeconomic and cultural activities. The PES scheme was initiated by NGOs in collaboration with government agencies, communities and the private sector to reverse the degradation trend. The scheme links upstream smallholder farmers and downstream commercial private investors as providers and beneficiaries of ES respectively. This study analysed the influence of PES practices on livelihoods and environmental conservation. Lessons learned revealed that feasibility studies, benefits of increased farm productivity over and above actual payments, and stakeholder willingness to participate in PES are all vital attributes to PES design as an incentive-based intervention tool to sustain ES provision and enhanced local livelihoods.
For more information, please see the full write-up of the case study on the IPSI website here.


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Secretariat of the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative
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