On 27 June 2013, the Government of Japan and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) announced the launch of the second phase of the Community Development and Knowledge Management for the Satoyama Initiative (COMDEKS), with new projects in ten countries.
The announcement doubles the number of countries involved in this major biodiversity and sustainable development partnership from ten to twenty. Communities in Bhutan, Cameroon, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia, Mongolia, Namibia, and Niger have now joined the programme.
COMDEKS is the flagship programme of the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI). Launched in 2011, the five-year programme is implemented by UNDP in partnership with the Ministry of the Environment of Japan, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, and the UNU Institute of Advance Studies (UNU-IAS).
As a key member of the partnership, UNU-IAS will help to scale-up the project from its initial pilot phase by facilitating knowledge and policy communication based on lessons learned and good practices.
The Satoyama Initiative aims to conserve sustainable human-influenced natural environments through broader global recognition of their value. It is a global effort to promote the sustainable use and management of natural resources in socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes. The vision of the IPSI is to realize societies in harmony with nature.
COMDEKS carries out the aims of the Satoyama Initiative by supporting activities in the field in developing countries through small-scale project financing and knowledge facilitation. The project, which focuses primarily on supporting and coordinating concrete actions at the grass-roots level, aims to disseminate lessons for replication in other parts of the world.
For more information on the Satoyama Initiative, COMDEKS and the role of UNU-IAS in the initiative, please follow the links below: