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).
10 October 2023
SDM 2023 project selection results
The SDM Secretariat received a total of 26 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.
- Conservation Alliance International, Ghana
- Green Movement of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka
- Iora Ecological Solutions Pvt. Ltd., India
- Vellore Institute of Technology, India
- Vicuñas Camelidos y Ambiente, Argentina
28 June 2023
The SDM 2023 Call for Proposals
The SDM Secretariat is pleased to announce that it has opened a call for proposals for the SDM 2023 projects. IPSI members are kindly invited to submit project proposals by Tuesday 15 August 2023, following the instruction in the call for proposal.
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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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 was launched in 2013. Since then it has selected 59 projects by 2022. The grant recipients have reported outstanding achievements. The followings are key messages shared by the organizations which recently completed their SDM projects:
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