Sustainable Management including the Use of Traditional Knowledge in Satoyama and Other Cultural Landscapes

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  • DATE / TIME:
    2014•05•01 - 2014•05•03

    On 1–3 May 2014, the international conference Sustainable Management including the Use of Traditional Knowledge in Satoyama and Other SEPLs will be held at SCIENCE HILLS Komatsu in Kanazawa, Japan. This conference aims to highlight the potential trade-offs and synergies of traditional local knowledge and scientific knowledge related to ecosystem services in socio-ecological production landscapes, including satoyama and other forms of cultural landscapes, or socio-ecological production landscapes (SEPLs). The conference aims to link science and policy, with a range of approaches from law, social, agricultural and forestry science that are unfortunately often discussed separately. It will contribute directly to the processes of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food (ITPGR) and the Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) initiative. The outcomes of the conference will be relevant for policymakers involved in improving participatory management of low-impact production landscapes such as satoyama.

    The conference is organized by the College of Human and Social Sciences at Kanazawa University School of Regional Development Studies and Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), with the cooperation of UNU-IAS and its Operating Unit Ishikawa/Kanazawa, Kyoto University Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, and the University of Tsukuba Graduate School of Life and Environmental Sciences International Bioindustrial Sciences Course. It is sponsored by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Japan; the Ministry of the Environment, Japan; Ishikawa Prefecture and Komatsu City.

    This conference is part of the UNU-IAS research project Tradeoff Analysis and Local Governance Model of Satoyama Ecosystem Services, which is supported by the Ministry of the Environment, Japan through its Environment Research and Technology Development Fund.

    Registration and Programme

    Please visit the conference website.


    Science Hills Komatsu
    2 Komatsunomori, Komatsu-city, Ishikawa 923-8610

    Tel:0761-22-8610 Fax:0761-23-8686

  • Contact: Osamu Saito, UNU-IAS,