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.



As a town planning consultancy, our principal objective is to facilitate the development of Satoyama-style villages through the planning schemes of the local authorities that we work with. These are principally located in rural areas. The model we have developed integrates the best of modern technology with these traditional ways of organizing the built environment in resonance with the surrounding natural ecosystems. Our mission statement, which also encapsulates our vision, is:

We are planning to build a network of high-tech, resort-style, ‘Circular Economy Innovation Hubs’. Each hub is to be designed for up to 200 people and will integrate co-working and co-living spaces with water and energy micro-grids and a local agricultural food system.

The development model is based on the principles of the Circular Economy—systems thinking, life cycle planning and striving for zero waste—and aims to develop land by aligning with cyclical ecological systems. More information is available at