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Community Development and Knowledge Management for the Satoyama Initiative (COMDEKS) Programme

The Community Development and Knowledge Management for the Satoyama Initiative (COMDEKS) Programme is a five-year programme implemented by UNDP in partnership with the Ministry of the Environment of Japan (MOEJ), the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, and UNU-IAS under the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI) with a contribution of US$10 million from the Japan Biodiversity Fund.

The COMDEKS Programme supports local community activities to maintain and rebuild socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes (SEPLS), and collects and disseminates knowledge and experiences from successful on-the-ground actions for replication and up-scaling in other parts of the world. Working through the UNDP’s Global Environmental Facility Small Grants Programme, small grants are provided directly to local community organizations, empowering communities to implement participatory landscape planning and develop integrated solutions to respond to economic, environmental and social challenges.

Originally launched in 2011 in ten pilot countries (Brazil, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Fiji, India, Malawi, Nepal, Slovakia and Turkey), in June 2013, the Government of Japan and UNDP launched the second phase of the programme in ten additional countries (Bhutan, Cameroon, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia, Mongolia, Namibia and Niger).

UNU-IAS ISI, as the Secretariat of IPSI, is closely involved in the administration and promotion of the COMDEKS Programme. For more information, please see the COMDEKS website.