Biodiversity & Society

Accelerating transformational change toward living in harmony with nature

UNU-IAS: Biodiversity & Society

Action on biodiversity is urgently needed to sustain a healthy planet and the lives that it supports. Our research provides evidence-based inputs for implementing the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework, with a focus on sustainable management of production landscapes and seascapes. As the secretariat of the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI), UNU-IAS mobilizes efforts by more than 300 member organizations across the globe to build mutually beneficial human–nature relationships. Through technical and institutional capacity development activities, the institute supports governments and other stakeholders in applying landscape approaches and promotes participatory, inclusive management.



Landscape Approaches to Ecosystem Restoration

Lessons Learned from Managing Socio-Ecological Production Landscapes & Seascapes

13 Oct 2023


Using Landscape Approaches in National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Planning

Holistic strategies to harmonize human activities with the preservation of biodiversity.

19 Oct 2023



Side Event Calls for Inclusive Land Management to Safeguard Biodiversity and Livelihoods

The session was held at the 26th meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 26) of the CBD in Nairobi.

23 May 2024


Seminar Shares Insights on Integrating Landscape Approaches into National Biodiversity Strategies

The event featured expert presentations on applying landscape approaches for biodiversity conservation, sustainable use of resources, and equity.

17 May 2024

Media Coverage

Mongabay Features Expert Comments on Natural Climate Solutions

UNU-IAS expert Suneetha Subramanian called for adopting a holistic approach to the concept of natural climate solutions.

21 Feb 2024


Event Spotlights Impact of Small Grants Initiative for Local Biodiversity

A session shared lessons learned from the Community Development and Knowledge Management for the Satoyama Initiative (COMDEKS) project.

19 Feb 2024

Woman picking tea leaves

Ecosystem Restoration through Managing Socio-Ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes (SEPLS)

This open-access book presents innovative approaches on preventing ecosystem loss and degradation while sustainably supporting the livelihoods and well-being of local communities.
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International Satoyama Initiative

The ISI project works to promote the Satoyama Initiative, a global effort to realize societies in harmony with nature.

12 Nov 2013


Operating Unit Ishikawa / Kanazawa (OUIK)

OUIK carries out community-based research on biocultural diversity in Ishikawa looking towards providing a regional model for sustainable development.

19 Nov 2013