The Satoyama Development Mechanism (SDM) is one of the collaborative activities of the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI). It serves as a financing mechanism to facilitate the implementation of activities under IPSI.
The SDM was established jointly by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) and the Ministry of the Environment of Japan (MOEJ).
15 November 2022
Satoyama side event at International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific (ISAP) 2022
IGES and UNU-IAS will organize an online session, “Transformative Actions for a Nature-positive Society from SATOYAMA Initiative towards 2030” as a side event of ISAP 2022 on 2 December 2022 (https://isap.iges.or.jp/2022/en/t11.html).
There will be two presentations from SDM projects by National Dong Hwa University (NDHU), Chinese Taipei from SDM 2020 and South Asian Forum for Environment (SAFE) from SDM 2018.
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01 November 2022
SDM 2022 project selection results
The SDM Secretariat received a total of 15 eligible applications and the following five were selected, which were deemed the most promising for the implementation and promotion of the concept of the Satoyama Initiative. We appreciate it to all the applicants for the fascinating project proposals. We look forward to more innovative proposals in the next opportunity.
- Ethiopian Biodiversity Institute, Ethiopia
- Tse-Xin Organic Agriculture Foundation, Chinese Taipei (Taiwan)
- Fundacion Semillas de Vida, A.C., Mexico
- Social Policy Ecology Research Institute (SPERI), Vietnam
- Unnayan Onneshan (UO), Bangladesh
28 June 2022
The SDM 2022 Call for Proposals
The SDM Secretariat is pleased to announce that it has opened a call for proposals for the SDM 2022 projects. IPSI members are kindly invited to submit project proposals by Friday 12 August 2022, following the instruction in the call for proposal.
03 December 2021
Satoyama side event at International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific (ISAP) 2021
IGES and UNU-IAS organized an online session, “Landscape Approaches for Biodiversity, Climate Change and Sustainable Development Co-benefits” as a side event of ISAP 2021 on 2 December 2021.
The session page at ISAP 2021 website and the video recording of the session: https://isap.iges.or.jp/2021/en/t10.html
There are two presentations from SDM projects by World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) from SDM 2018 and Vicuñas, Camelidos y Ambiente (VICAM) from SDM 2020.
Last year’s session at ISAP 2020 is also available here: https://isap.iges.or.jp/2020/en/tt11.html
There were two presentations from SDM projects by Community Entrepreneur Development Institute (CENDI) from SDM 2018 and University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) from SDM2019.
Key messages from SDM projects
The SDM has been selecting six projects every year since its start in 2013, bringing the total number to 54 in 2021. The grant recipients have reported outstanding achievements. The followings are key messages shared by the organizations which recently completed their SDM projects:
Revitalizing the role of agroforestry parklands in conserving biodiversity and improving livelihoods in the sub-humid drylands of Uganda , Uganda
Biodiversity Conservation, Sustainable management of Resources and Traditional Knowledge of Sacred Forest , Ghana
Paddy cum Fish Cultivation for Sustainable Livelihood and Biodiversity Conservation, Nepal
Community Implementation of Mixed Species Restoration for Livelihoods and Ecological Function, Vietnam
Conservation and management of biodiversity of cultural, spiritual and food sovereignty importance, and recovery of indigenous knowledge in the management of their territory, Panama
Establishment of Vetiver Grass Nursery and Hedgerows for control of Eutrophication in Lake Victoria , Uganda
Nature-based solutions are suitable and more effective for watershed protection than conventional grey technology because VGT is sustainable in terms of maintenance. It is durable, affordable to all farmers, easy to apply and cost-effective. This type of community-driven innovation can make concrete changes on the ground, both in farmers’ crop fields and on landing sites.
Resilience Level Assessment of the Key Biodiversity Areas San Antonio Forest/KM 18 and Community Empowerment on Conservation, Colombia
Supporting and Promoting the Karen Indigenous Socio-ecological Production System in Northern Thailand, Thailand