Fifth IPSI Global Conference (IPSI-5) and IPSI side-event at CBD COP-12






Participants to the 5th IPSI Global Conference, Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea, 4-5 October 2014 / The Satoyama Initiative

Participants to the 5th IPSI Global Conference, Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea, 4-5 October 2014 / Photo credit: The Satoyama Initiative

The International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI), held its Fifth Global Conference (IPSI-5) from 4 to 5 October 2014 in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea. The conference was held back-to-back with the twelfth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP12), and offered a good chance for many IPSI members and non-members alike to meet in person and discuss further ways to collaborate and promote the principles of the Satoyama Initiative.

The IPSI Global Conference consisted of two main events, the Assembly and the Public Forum. The assembly is primarily for information-sharing and decisions regarding the future direction of IPSI, and is open to all IPSI members, whereas the Public Forum is an opportunity for non-members to learn about IPSI and its activities as well as a venue for discussion of various topics related to socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes (SEPLS), their revitalization and sustainable management.

This year’s Public Forum had the theme “Furthering action in production landscapes and seascapes for sustainable development”, and featured a number of interesting presentations:

Panel Session 1: IPSI actions for capacity building

  • Dr. Jeeranuch Sakkhamduang (Thailand), ‘Program on Promoting Sustainable Use of Natural Resources through Restoring and Conserving SEPLS in Cambodia ’;
  • Mrs. Vore Gana Seck (Senegal), ‘Initiative for the reserve’;
  • Ms. To Kien Dang (Viet Nam), ‘Exploring the Human Ecology Practical Area (HEPA) a practical model for living in harmony with Nature in Northern Central Vietnam ’;
  • Prof. Inocencio Buot Jr. (Philippines), ‘Governance of Medicinal Plant Resources by Local Communities in a Rural Landscape in Siquijor, Central Philippines’.

Panel Session 2: IPSI actions for supporting livelihoods

  • Mr. Gerald Jetony (Malaysia), ‘Sabah’s experience and practice for sustainable development and conservation’;
  • Dr. Elliot Haruna Alhassan (Ghana), ‘Indigenous Conservation approach of inland wetlands in the Northern Region of Ghana’;
  • Dr. William Olupot (Uganda), ‘Cranes as Flagships for Promoting Use of Wetlands as SEPLS’;
  • Mr. Jayant Sarnaik (India), ‘Promoting green entrepreneurship for biodiversity conservation and resilient communities in socio-ecological production landscapes from the North Western Ghats, India’.

All those presentations are accessible from the Satoyama Website here.

CBD COP-12 IPSI Side-event: Contribution to the Aichi Biodiversity Targets from the ground up

Toolkit_for_the_indicators_of__landscapes_and_seascapes_1844 1Following the 5th Global Conference, the IPSI Secretariat hosted a side-event during CBD COP-12 on Monday, 6 October 2014, entitled “Contribution to the Aichi Biodiversity Targets from the ground up”. This side-event showcased efforts by diverse members of the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI), which since its launch in October 2010, has expanded its membership in both developed and developing countries. The aim was to demonstrate approaches for gathering and engaging stakeholders at various levels in a collective dialogue for the sustainable use of biodiversity in culturally and socio-ecologically important landscapes.

During this side-event, Dr. Pablo Eyzaguirre, from Bioversity International and also representing the Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research, presented the “Indicators of resilience in Socio-Ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes (SEPLS): Indicators for managing renewable resources in pastures and seascapes” .

All the presentations made by IPSI members during this side-event are accessible from the Satoyama Website here.

CBD COP-12 UNU-IAS Side-event: “Mobilizing Resources for Mainstreaming Biodiversity into Production Landscapes and Seascapes”

During CBD COP-12, Dr. Pablo Eyzaguirre, Bioversity International and Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research, moderated another side event hosted by the United Nations University Institute for Advances Studies on Sustainability (UNU-IAS) on Wednesday, 8 October 2014, called “Mobilizing Resources for Mainstreaming Biodiversity into Production Landscapes and Seascapes”. This side-event illustrated approaches developed under the Satoyama Initiative to mobilize resources for actions at the community level for the sustainable use of biodiversity. IPSI has created a number of collaborative activities among its members for resource mobilization. The Satoyama Development Mechanism (SDM), for instance, is an IPSI programme created as a seed fund to kick-start local activities. The Community Development and Knowledge Management for the Satoyama Initiative (COMDEKS) Project is a global project implemented by UNDP and delivered through the GEF Small Grants Programme to develop sound biodiversity management and sustainable livelihood activities with local communities to maintain, rebuild and revitalize landscapes. This session highlighted the effectiveness of these and other resource-mobilization schemes and sought potential ways for further improvement.

All the presentations from participants to this side-event are accessible from the Satoyama Website here.

The International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI) promotes collaboration in the conservation and restoration of sustainable human-influenced natural environments (Socio-Ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes: SEPLS) through broader global recognition of their value.

The Platform for Agrobiodiversity Research is a member of IPSI.