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Indicators of Resilience in SEPLS

The “Indicators of Resilience in Socio-ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes (SEPLS)” are a set of 20 indicators designed to capture different aspects of resilience of landscapes and seascapes – ecological, agricultural, cultural and socio-economic. They aim to provide an analytical framework for assessing and strengthening resilience and are used as a tool for engaging local communities in adaptive management of the landscapes and seascapes in which they live.

The initial development and field-testing of the indicators was undertaken by UNU-IAS and Bioversity International as part of a collaborative activity under the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI) starting in 2011. The indicators have been field-tested and used in more than 30 countries since then, including use as an integral part of the “Community Development and Knowledge Management for the Satoyama Initiative” (UNDP-COMDEKS) project implemented by UNDP.

In 2014, the indicators were updated and a toolkit booklet with guidelines for applying the indicators titled  “Toolkit for the Indicators of Resilience in Socio-ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes (SEPLS)” was published through an IPSI collaborative activity by UNU-IAS, Bioversity International, UNDP and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES).

More information on the indicators, the Toolkit, and the collaborative activities under which they were created is available on the IPSI website. Please click on the images below to access documents about the indicators.

A brochure containing the 20 indicators and basic information on their development and use



A “Toolkit” publication, containing the indicators and detailed information on how to organize and carry out a community resilience assessment workshop



A UNU-IAS Policy Report on the initial development of the Indicators of Resilience in SEPLS