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Case Study Research

UNU-IAS ISI is involved in a number of projects involving the effective collection and use of case studies. Case studies compiled by ISI in its role as the Secretariat of the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI) include examples of effective on-the-ground practices, policy initiatives, networking experiences and others for revitalization and sustainable management of “socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes” (SEPLS).

  • IPSI Case Study Review

UNU-IAS ISI, in collaboration with the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), recently completed a review and analysis of the first 80 case studies collected under IPSI. This research has helped to create a useful knowledge base from the case studies, and enabled effective lessons learned to be extracted.

Please click on the images below for a summary or the full report the review of 80 case studies, including lessons learned from many IPSI activities.


A summary review of the analysis of 80 IPSI Case Studies


The full report of the review of 80 IPSI case studies




  • SEPLs in Asia

ISI is also involved in collection and analysis of SEPLS practices with a regional focus. A compilation of case studies from the Asian region was published in 2012 (please click the image below for a digital version). 

SEPLs in Asia



  • SEPLS in Africa

A compilation of case studies from the African region was produced in 2016 (please click the image below for a digital version).

SEPLS in Africa

SEPLS in Africa




  • 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”. The publication consists mainly of a number of case studies, which formed part of the conceptual basis for the establishment of IPSI.

Please click the image below for a digital version.

Please click here for more information on ISI’s contribution to CBD policy-making processes.

CBD Technical Series No. 52