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Satoyama initiative


The Satoyama Initiative is a project to conserve the landscapes and seascapes where human and nature live in harmony. It was launched by the Ministry of the Environment of Japan and the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability in 2010.


It is noteworthy how an initiative born in Japan, has successfully managed to gather experts all over the world, overcoming the diversity of interpretations in the different continents and disciplines of the concept it deals with.


The initiative “aims to realize societies in harmony with nature through conservation and advancement of socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes (SEPLS) that secure ecosystem services and conserve biodiversity to support and enhance human well-being”.


The main instrument of the Initiative is the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI) which is a global platform to promote the activities identified by the Satoyama Initiative and to share relevant information and experiences”.


The initiative is being very successful: it comprises 155 member organisations and there are more than 25 case studies as “examples of successful implementation of SEPLS, knowledge and other relevant information, helping to enhance understanding and raise awareness of their importance”.



More information about the Satoyama experience can be found

in the Website of the Initiative: