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- Noriko Moriwake
The International Satoyama Initiative (ISI) is a global effort to realise societies that are in harmony with nature, through promoting the maintenance and rebuilding of socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes (SEPLS) for biodiversity and human well-being. Satoyama are areas where people and the land have a symbiotic relationship, each depending on the other to thrive.
The initiative supports this concept through:
- Research: ISI actively contributes to the growing body of literature on SEPLS, and continues to expand and strengthen its network with other leading researchers and organizations
- Networking and capacity building: ISI hosts the Secretariat of the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI), which has 184 partners around the world. IPSI was launched during the Tenth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 10) in October 2010. ISI is actively engaged in global, regional, and sub-regional training and capacity-building events (organised by UNU, the CBD Secretariat, and others) towards implementation of the Satoyama Initiative and the CBD’s Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011–2020 and its Aichi Biodiversity Targets.
- Policy: ISI contributes to policymaking processes at the international level, particularly those of the CBD and the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES).
- Outreach and communication: ISI engages in a wide range of international events, often in collaboration with IPSI members, to spread awareness and raise the profile of the Satoyama Initiative. The project also produces promotional publications for a general audience and maintains websites, a newsletter and other communications materials for the IPSI.