The Satoyama Initiative is a global effort to realize societies in harmony with nature, through promoting the maintenance and rebuilding of socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes (SEPLS) for the benefit of biodiversity and human wellbeing. The International Satoyama Initiative (ISI) at UNU-IAS is supporting this concept through a range of activities, as follows:
(a) Building networks: ISI is particularly engaged as the host of the Secretariat of the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI), with 158 partners around the world. IPSI was launched during the Tenth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP10) in October 2010.
(b) Capacity building: ISI continues to be actively engaged in regional and sub-regional capacity building workshops organized by the CBD Secretariat towards the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011–2020 and its Aichi Biodiversity Targets.
(c) Outreach and communication: ISI actively engages in a wide range of international events, often in collaboration with IPSI members, to spread awareness and raise the profile of the Satoyama Initiative.
(d) Research activities: ISI actively contributes to the growing body of literature on SEPLS and continues to expand and strengthen its network with other leading researchers and organizations.