The Seventh International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (ISPI) Global Conference was held from 29 September to 2 October 2018 in Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. The conference, organised by the IPSI Secretariat at the UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) and the Ministry of the Environment Japan, was hosted by the Ishikawa Prefectural Government.
The conference consisted of two main events: a meeting of the IPSI General Assembly and a public forum, held on Sunday, 30 September 2018. The public forum provided an opportunity for non-members to learn about IPSI and its activities and served as a venue for discussion of various topics related to socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes (SEPLS), and their revitalisation and sustainable management. The theme of this year’s public forum was “Assessing the Satoyama Initiative’s Contributions towards Achieving the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and Sustainable Development Goals”.
The programme of the ISPI General Assembly included information sharing and decisions regarding the future direction of IPSI. Working group sessions were held for in-depth discussion of ongoing and potential contributions to the Convention on Biological Diversity Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011–2020 with its Aichi Biodiversity Targets, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and others.
On Tuesday, 2 October, participants took part in an excursion to the Noto Peninsula to get a first-hand look at Japan’s satoyama and satoumi landscapes and seascapes, hosted by the Ishikawa Prefectural Government with support from the UNU-IAS Operating Unit Ishikawa/Kanazawa.
For more, see the news story on the UNU-IAS website.