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Networking and Capacity Building

GEF-Satoyama Project

The GEF-Satoyama Project, officially titled “Mainstreaming biodiversity conservation and sustainable management in priority Socio-ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes (SEPLS)”, has been created to mainstream conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystem services, while improving human well-being in priority socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes (SEPLS). The project is executed by Conservation International as a Global Environment Facility (GEF) Project Agency in collaboration with UNU-IAS and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES).

In the GEF-Satoyama Project, three main components were developed that emphasize:

  1. field-level demonstration of sustainable management of biodiversity and ecosystems services in production landscapes and seascapes through subgrants;
  2. knowledge generation and management for SEPLS and developing analytical and training content for a range of stakeholders; and
  3. capacity building and inter-sectoral collaboration for ensuring social and ecological values in priority SEPLS.  These components are inter-related sets of activities that inform each other.

Three target geographies – the Tropical Andes, Madagascar, and Indo-Burma – have been identified, where ten site-based projects will be funded for enhanced conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystem services. Other components will focus on improved knowledge generation and management to increase understanding, raise awareness and promote mainstreaming biodiversity, and on improved inter-sectoral collaboration and capacities to maintain, restore and revitalize social and ecological values in priority SEPLS.

For detailed information, please refer to the official project document.


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