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International Satoyama Initiative (ISI) Project

The International Satoyama Initiative (ISI) project is a project of the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), under its Natural Capital and Biodiversity (NCB) Programme. ISI is based on the concept of the Satoyama Initiative, and as such its overall focus is the relationships between humans and nature in “socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes (SEPLS)”, from both social and scientific points of view. The project was initiated by UNU-IAS in 2009.

UNU-IAS ISI aims to further develop the Satoyama Initiative concept and to create academic knowledge, contribute to policy processes, and promote communications, networking, on-the-ground and other activities for mainstreaming biodiversity and sustainable livelihoods in line with the Satoyama Initiative’s goal “to realize societies in harmony with nature”.

UNU-IAS ISI’s approach focuses on:

ISI actively works on the analysis and synthesis of issues related to SEPLS. Program members are also involved in research on indicators, case studies and other site-based research.

ISI hosts the Secretariat of the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI) which was launched at the Tenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 10) in 2010. In this role, ISI organizes IPSI Global Conferences and Regional Workshops on behalf of the partnership’s membership. ISI also engages in collection and dissemination of the case studies submitted by IPSI member organizations and compiled on the IPSI website for public use.

ISI aims to provide policy-relevant information to international debates and discussions such as those under the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).

  • Communication and outreach

ISI publishes policy reports and communication materials in addition to its academic publications. As Secretariat of IPSI, it also maintains an independent website for IPSI.

UNU-IAS ISI is made possible through the financial support of the following donors: