International Satoyama Intiative

IPSI, the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative, promotes collaboration in the conservation and restoration of sustainable human-influenced natural environments (Socio-Ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes: SEPLS) through broader global recognition of their value.

28-30 May 2019: IPSI Case Study Workshop in Tokyo, Japan

Participants in the 2019 IPSI Case Study Workshop

Participants in the 2019 IPSI Case Study Workshop

A workshop was held by the IPSI Secretariat from 28 to 30 May 2019 at the United Nations University Headquarters in Tokyo, Japan as part of the process toward the publication of the fifth volume of the “Satoyama Initiative Thematic Review” (SITR vol. 5). The theme of this year’s workshop was “Understanding the multiple values associated with sustainable use in socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes (SEPLS)”, covering how landscape and seascape approaches on-the-ground can contribute to the understanding what kind of values and how they are being provided and utilized through sustainable use of nature’s resources in SEPLS. In particular, this year’s workshop and Thematic Review aim to provide knowledge for IPBES’ ongoing “Methodological assessment regarding the diverse conceptualization of multiple values of nature and its benefits, including biodiversity and ecosystem services”.

The objective of the workshop was to share case studies among the SITR vol. 5 authors and get feedback on their manuscripts for further improvement. Participants shared a wealth of opinions and suggestions about SEPLS management practices and multiple values, taking lessons from IPSI case studies from around the world.

The SITR vol. 5 is planned for publication later this year, and will have 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.