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Policy Contribution

CBD Processes

ISI has been closely involved with the global policy-making processes of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) since its beginnings, as the Satoyama Initiative was originally established in connection with the CBD, particularly around the time of the Tenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the CBD (CBD COP 10) in Nagoya-Aichi, Japan in 2010.

ISI staff regularly attends CBD COP meetings and other related events, providing information and advice on behalf of the United Nations University – the academic arm of the UN – and organizing side events and similar meetings to promote networking and information sharing among parties to the Convention.

  • CBD Technical Series No. 52

ISI contributed to the development of a volume of the CBD Technical Series in collaboration with the Secretariat of the CBD, titled “Sustainable Use of Biological Diversity in Socio-ecological Production Landscapes: Background to the Satoyama Initiative for the benefit of biodiversity and human well-being”. Please click the image below for a digital version.

 

  • The Satoyama Initiative and the CBD

The Satoyama Initiative was first recognized in decisions of CBD COP 10, and has been recognized again in decisions of every CBD COP meetings since then as follows:

COP 10 Decision X/32: Sustainable use of biodiversity:

The Conference of the Parties…
5. Notes with appreciation the leading role played by the Government of Japan and the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies in facilitating and coordinating the development of the Satoyama Initiative;
6. Recognizes the Satoyama Initiative as a potentially useful tool to better understand and support human-influenced natural environments for the benefit of biodiversity and human well-being, and affirms that the Satoyama Initiative is to be used consistent and in harmony with the Convention, internationally agreed development goals, and other relevant international obligations;
7. Recognizes and supports further discussion, analysis and understanding of the Satoyama Initiative to further disseminate knowledge, build capacity and promote projects and programmes for the sustainable use of biological resources, and promote synergy of the Satoyama Initiative with other initiatives or activities including the Man and the Biosphere Programme of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the International Model Forest Network, and other initiatives that include community-conserved areas that are developed and managed by local and indigenous communities to advance understanding and implementation of customary use in accordance with Article 10(c) of the Convention on Biological Diversity;
8. Takes note of the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative as one mechanism to carry out activities identified by the Satoyama Initiative including collecting and analysing case‑studies, distilling lessons, and promoting research on different practices of sustainable use of biological resources, as well as increasing awareness and supporting on-the-ground projects and activities in human-influenced natural environments, and invites Parties, other Governments and relevant organizations to participate in the partnership to further advance the Initiative;
9. Requests the Executive Secretary and invites Parties, other Governments and relevant organizations to support, as appropriate, the promotion of the sustainable use of biodiversity, including the Satoyama Initiative.

COP 11 Decision XI/25: Sustainable use of biodiversity: bushmeat and sustainable wildlife management:

The Conference of the Parties…
7. Recalling its decision X/32, recognizes the contribution that the Satoyama Initiative is working to make in creating synergies among the various existing regional and global initiatives on human-influenced natural environments, including the Man and the Biosphere Programme of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the International Model Forest Network and other initiatives that include community conservation areas developed and managed by indigenous and local communities, and reaffirming that the Satoyama Initiative is to be used consistent and in harmony with the Convention, internationally agreed development goals and other relevant international obligations, and invites Parties, other Governments and relevant organizations to support the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative, as appropriate;

COP 12 Decision XII/5: Biodiversity for poverty eradication and sustainable development:

The Conference of the Parties…
Also taking into account relevant initiatives, such as the Satoyama Initiative, consistent with decisions X/32 and XI/25, Living Well in Harmony and Balance with Mother Earth, and initiatives from indigenous and community conserved areas and territories as well as The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB),
7. Invites Parties to raise awareness on best practices of sustainable use, including agro-ecological approaches with positive impacts on the conservation of biodiversity in order to address pressures on biodiversity;
13. Encourages Parties to consider traditional knowledge related to biodiversity conservation in their national policies and initiatives;

COP 12 Decision XII/12: Article 8(j) and related provisions:

The Conference of the Parties…
4.  Acknowledges that other initiatives, such as the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI), consistent with decisions X/32 and XI/25, and in accordance with other international obligations, are contributing to the facilitation of the customary sustainable use of biological diversity;

COP 12 Decision XII/18: Sustainable use of biodiversity: bushmeat and sustainable wildlife management

The Conference of the Parties…
3. Notes that the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative, consistent with decisions X/32 and XI/25, is working towards the sustainable use of biodiversity and its integration into the management of land, forests, and water resources;

 

This document was included in the agenda for the 18th Meeting of the CBD Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (CBD SBSTTA-18) in May 2014, as supplemental information for agenda items on “Ecosystem conservation and restoration” and “Sustainable use of biodiversity: bushmeat and sustainable wildlife management”.