The first Global Conference of the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI)

The first Global Conference of IPSI, consisting of the Assembly, Public Forum, and the Steering Committee meeting, was held in Aichi, Japan, 10-11 March 2011. The IPSI, an international platform launched at the Tenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP10) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), facilitates the implementation of activities identified by the Satoyama Initiative. The Partnership comprises numerous committed organisations including national and local governments, research institutes, international organisations, NGOs and private companies seeking to promote and support the accomplishment of the objectives of the Satoyama Initiative. The IPSI conference had over 100 participants. Outline and result of discussions The IPSI Assembly The IPSI Assembly was attended by member representatives to review activities and to take decisions on institutional matters. The amended Operational Framework was adopted and 18 Steering Committee members were appointed from among IPSI members. UNU-IAS was designated as the IPSI Secretariat based on an assessment of its previous contribution and its institutional capacity for carrying out required operations. The Steering Committee The Steering Committee approved 23 new IPSI members, and endorsed 10 IPSI collaborative activities The Public Forum The Public Forum was attended by all interested stakeholders to … Read more on the Satoyama Website here. The programme, the meeting documents and presentations, as well as the abstracts of presentations from the Public Forum are now available on the Satoyama Website. The conference summary will be available online soon.