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Satoyama Development Mechanism (SDM)

The Satoyama Development Mechanism (SDM) was jointly established by the Ministry of the Environment of Japan (MOEJ), the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), and UNU-IAS as a collaborative activity under the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI) to address constraints in resource mobilization.

The purpose of the SDM is to provide seed funding to promising projects that can demonstrate good practices. These activities are expected to improve the retention and enhancement of biodiversity in SEPLS and contribute to achieving the Convention on Biological Diversity‘s Aichi Biodiversity Targets. Recipients are encouraged to further develop their respective projects to attract additional resources, while also facilitating collaboration among IPSI members. The SDM is thus expected to fulfill the following three objectives:

  1. Promote the implementation of activities under the IPSI Strategy and Plan of Action
  2. Promote the development of model practices for living in harmony with nature through sustainable use of SEPLS and contribution to the Aichi Biodiversity Targets
  3. Provide an incentive for IPSI members to strengthen partnerships and to generate a knock-on effect from joint activities for the sustainable use of SEPLS

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

Types of projects eligible for SDM sub-grant funding


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