SEPLS Management as Integrated, Inclusive and Localised Actions towards a Nature Positive Society

ONLINE: UNU-IAS will co-organize a thematic track session at the 2023  International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific (ISAP).

- Asia/Tokyo
Interpretation provided Open to public

On 29 January 2024 UNU-IAS will co-organize a thematic track session at the 2023 International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific (ISAP) focused on how socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes (SEPLS) can promote integrated, inclusive and localized actions towards sustainable societies, particularly those that are "nature positive" from the perspective of biodiversity conservation and restoration. SEPLS are dynamic mosaics of habitats and land/sea use that provide the goods and services needed for human life while being managed to maintain biodiversity.

The event will also discuss the Satoyama Development Mechanism (SDM), a seed funding programme under the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI) that supports IPSI member organizations in implementing projects which promote, conserve or restore SEPLS. 

This event is co-organized by UNU-IAS in partnership with the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES). 


This event will be held in English and Japanese, with simultaneous translation provided.  


To participate online, please register in advance.  



  • Koji Miwa (Policy Researcher, Biodiversity and Forests, IGES) 

Opening Remarks 

  • Kazuhiko Takeuchi (President, IGES / Visiting Professor, UNU-IAS) 

Presentations and Panel Discussion 

  • Koji Miwa (Policy Researcher, Biodiversity and Forest, IGES) 

  • Rashed Al Mahmud Titumir (Chairperson, Unnayan Onneshan (UO)) 

  • Malin Jönsson (Director, Fundacion Semillas de Vida, A.C., Mexico) 

  • Alice JJ Hsu, Coordinator (Tse-Xin Organic Agriculture Foundation (TXOAF)) 

  • Dese Yadeta Edesa (Researcher, Forest and Rangeland Plants Biodiversity Research, Ethiopian Biodiversity Institute (EBI)) 

Closing Remarks 

  • Wataru Suzuki (Director, Biodiversity Strategy Office, Ministry of the Environment, Japan) 

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