Working Together for Everyone’s Well-being: The Satoyama Initiative and Building Back Better

  • DATE / TIME:
    2022•07•13    07:30 - 09:00

    This side event at the 2022 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) will highlight the role of the Satoyama Initiative in achieving the SDGs and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. It will discuss contributions to the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework and the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. The restoration of ecosystems is key to achieving SDG 14 (life below water) and SDG 15 (life on land), while partnership development (SDG 17) is needed to accelerate building back better toward sustainable societies. Restoring humanity’s relationship with nature is urgently needed to achieve a green and healthy recovery from COVID-19 and to build back better — which is the focus of the 2022 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

    The event will explore the role of local action and partnerships in landscape and seascape approaches to ecosystem restoration, promoting the economic, social, and environmental dimensions of sustainable development in an inclusive and effective manner. The event will feature voices from both high-level experts and in-the-field practitioners to amplify their diverse knowledge and experiences, particularly on the role of socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes (SEPLS) in building back better from COVID-19. Participants will have the opportunity to share key lessons, and explore means of upscaling and mainstreaming these lessons into global and national policy through the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI) and other mechanisms.


    This online event will be held on 13 July at 7:30–9:00 (New York, UTC -4).
    Participation is open to all. Please register in advance.

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    The event will be held in English.


    This event is organised by UNU-IAS, Conservation International, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD), and the Ministry of the Environment, Japan (MOEJ).

    Programme (provisional)

    07:30 Opening
    • John Buchanan (Vice President, Sustainable Production, Conservation International)
    07:33–07:53 Introductory Remarks
    • Jihyun Lee (Director of the Science, Society and Sustainable Futures Division, SCBD)
    • MOEJ (TBD)
    • UNDP (TBD)
    • Kazuhiko Takeuchi (President, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies)
    07:53–08:43 Panel Session
    • Yoko Watanabe (Global Manager, Global Environment Facility–Small Grant Programme, UNDP)
    • Rashed Titumir (University of Dhaka)
    • Costa Rica Government representative (TBD)
    • Private sector representative (TBD)


    08:43–08:48 Remarks on Future Activities
    •  Shinobu Yume Yamaguchi (Director, UNU-IAS)
    08:48–09:00 Concluding Remarks
    • Carlos Manuel Rodríguez (CEO, Global Environmental Facility)

    All times New York, UTC -4


    The Satoyama Initiative is a global effort that works to advance the concept of socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes (SEPLS) for nature and human well-being. Its main implementing mechanism, International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI), was established in 2010 during the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 10), and now consists of nearly 300 governmental, NGO, academic, private sector, and other member organisations. Its core vision is to realize societies in harmony with nature, built on positive human-nature relationships.