IPSI Newsletter, October 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 maintaining and revitalizing socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes (SEPLS).
This month’s newsletter contains an inquiry about the upcoming CBD SBSTTA and WG8J meetings and a report from a recent symposium on implementing the Satoyama Initiative, plus introductions to one of our newer members, the Landcare Association Neumarkt i.d.OPf, and a recent case study from the Institute for Sustainable Development Strategy Public Fund in the Kyrgyz Republic.
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 at CBD SBSTTA-23 and WG8J-11

The IPSI Secretariat is looking forward to taking part in two upcoming meetings under the processes of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD): the Twenty-third Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA-23) from 25 to 29 November, and the Eleventh meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Inter-sessional Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions (WG8J-11) from 20 to 22 November in Montreal, Canada. In addition to offering support to the parties to the Convention in their discussions, the IPSI Secretariat at UNU-IAS are currently planning to be involved in side events and related events held at the same time. We hope to have the chance to talk to IPSI partners who will be at these meetings, and we hope you will be able to attend our side events once the schedule is published. Please take the time to write a quick message and let us know if you will be there, and if you have plans including any more side events.
More information about these events can be found on the CBD website here.

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International Symposium on Implementing the Satoyama Initiative

The IPSI Secretariat at UNU-IAS co-organized an “International Symposium on Implementing the Satoyama Initiative for the Benefit of Biodiversity and Human Well-being” with the Food and Fertilizer Technology Center of the Asian and Pacific Region (FFTC), and IPSI members Hualien District Agricultural Research and Extension Station (HDARES) and the Forestry Bureau, Executive Yuan,17-19 September 2019 in Hualien Prefecture, Chinese Taipei. Through a series of thematic presentations and a policy dialogue session, the symposium highlighted views from fourteen speakers from India, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, and Thailand. Participants shared knowledge and experience in implementing Satoyama Initiative-related ideas and projects and explored possible benefits for biodiversity and human well-being through managing SEPLS for sustainable rural development. IPSI Secretariat member Dr. Evonne Yiu gave one of the keynote presentations on “Conserving Biodiversity for Sustainable Futures - Perspectives from the International Satoyama Initiative”, emphasizing the need to build synergies for biodiversity and human well-being by aligning efforts with the SDGs and the CBD's Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, and by enhancing science-based knowledge exchange to bring about transformative change. A educational visit was also organized to visit representative landscapes and seascapes in the area, such as the Matai’an Wetland, the Cilamitay Tribe Rice Paddy Cultural Landscape, Loshan Village, the Manna Cooperative, and the Jia-ming Tea Garden in Hualien Prefecture.
For more information, please see the FFTC website here.


New Member Introduction: Landcare Association Neumarkt i.d.OPf.

Like all 173 Landcare Associations (LCA) in Germany, the Landcare Association Neumarkt i.d.OPf. is a non-profit organisation whose main goal is to restore, conserve and develop cultural landscapes. An important part of LCAs and one reason for their success is the parity of the board containing equal numbers of local municipalities, farmer organisations and nature conservationists.
The LCA Neumarkt i.d.OPf. has been taking care of the preservation of the cultural landscape in the district of Neumarkt i.d.OPf. since its founding in 1995, ensuring that the diversity and uniqueness of the Jurassic landscape are conserved and enhanced.
The various tasks include mowing and taking care of grasslands and juniper heaths, preservation of fens and their unique flora and fauna, planting of hedges and orchards and the renaturation of rivers and ponds. For further support of the rural development, advice to farmers is given, financial resources (e.g. European or federal funds) are opened up and the required application forms are filled in. Another important activity is educating people of all ages. Therefore LCA Neumarkt i.d.OPf. established the environmental education and regional development centre ‘HAUS AM HABSBERG’ and implemented nature-themed trails for a hands-on and fun experience of nature protection. Together with three other Landcare Associations and the district government of the Upper Palatinate the LCA Neumarkt i.d.OPf. initiated the implementation and management of regional marketing under the trademark of ‘Juradistl’ for free-range grazing lamb and cattle, apple spritzer and honey. Through years of dedication, innovative thinking and determination the ‘Juradistl-project’ created with a network of farmers, local companies, restaurant owners and hoteliers a whole package of regional products and low-impact tourism to support environmental protection and sustainable development in the region.
For further information see the LCA Neumarkt i.d.OPf. website here.


Recent Case Study: Institute for Sustainable Development Strategy

The IPSI Secretariat recently received a case study from partner organization the Institute for Sustainable Development Strategy Public Fund in the Kyrgyz Republic, titled “Traditional knowledge for climate resilience: Collaborative strategies to mitigate vulnerability and enhance adaptation of pastoralism to climate change”. According to the case study, nomadic pastoralism was the predominant way of life in the mountain communities of Kyrgyzstan for centuries. Often described by external observers as a primitive, in fact it was a complicated economic specialization in the mountain pasture resources’ use with a huge role in the economy and livelihoods of mountain nomadic communities. It still has great potential for further development of the country. The country's pastoralists have demonstrated high skills and traditions of mobility, flexibility, and reciprocity and ecological understanding in exploiting the complex mountainous environment. Much of this traditional heritage, especially its spiritual, sacred and ideological aspects, was irretrievably lost during the Russian Colonial Empire and the Soviet Union, but there are a number of local initiatives in the country looking for new ways to comprehend and revive the traditional nomadic culture and spirituality.
For more information, please see the full write-up of the case study on the IPSI website here.

Correction: IPSI Steering Committee

In our item in last month's IPSI Newsletter about the rotation of the IPSI Steering Committee membership, we mistakenly stated that the Ministry of Environment of Cambodia and Nature and Livelihoods were stepping down. In fact, we are very pleased to report that both of these organizations will be continuing as Steering Committee members for the coming term. We regret the mistake, and look forward to working closely with these and all Steering Committee members to continue to make IPSI an effective and influential partnership.


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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