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.

CBD SBSTTA-15 side event: Restoring Life: Challenges and Hopes in Ecosystem Restoration

The fifteenth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA15) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) took place in Montreal, Canada (7 – 11 November 2011).

During this meeting, the IPSI Secretariat co-organised a side event called “Restoring Life ? Challenges and Hopes in Ecosystem Restoration and Potential Role of the CBD” together with the CBD Secretariat, the Ministry of the Environment of Japan, and the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) International on 8 November, consisting of a series of presentations on the restoration of rice paddies and biodiversity after the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, as well as various unique ecosystem restoration activities in Canada, followed by a remark on the role for the CBD in addressing challenges in ecosystem restoration.

There were about 60 people in attendance at the side event. The programme and the presentations of the side event and the summary poster of the “Great East Japan Earthquake Rebuilding Symposium” which was prepared for the SBSTTA-15 poster session under the theme “Contribution of ecosystem restoration to the objectives of the CBD and a healthy planet for all people” are now available for download. The abstract of the poster has been published in the CBD Technical Series 62.





1. Restoration of Rice Paddies and Biodiversity – after the March 2011 tsunami in the Great East Japan

Mr. Shigeki Iwabuchi, NPO Rice Paddies Network Japan


2.Connecting with Hearts, Minds and Muscles: Engaged Canadians Restore Hope for Biodiversity

Ms. Karen Keenleyside, Parks Canada


3. Restoring Life: Challenges and Hopes for Ecosystem restoration and Potential Role for the CBD

Mr. Scott Vaughan, the Environment and Sustainable Development


4. Restoration: an Important Pillar in the Response after an Oil Spill

Ms. Sonia Laforest, Environment Canada


5.What Role for the CBD in Addressing Challenges in Ecosystem restoration?

Prof. Alfred A. Oteng-Yeboah, Ghana National Biodiversity Committee