On 14 November 2014, UNU-IAS and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will be co-organizing the side event The Satoyama Concept: Theory and Practice at the IUCN World Parks Congress to be held in Sydney, Australia.
Satoyama is a Japanese word referring to socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes (SEPLS), which are mosaics of diverse land uses and ecosystems shaped through sustainable human interactions with nature over a long period of time. SEPLS are found in various forms around the world, in both developed and developing countries. In order to foster synergies among diverse stakeholders to protect and revitalise SEPLS, the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI) was established during the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in 2010 to protect and revitalise SEPLS.
Since it is recognised that the periphery of protected areas are an important part of conservation strategies for a wide variety of sites, keeping buffer zones in appropriate condition is necessary. The satoyama concept is useful for strengthening the management of protected areas by improving the livelihoods of communities in buffer zones. Such approaches can be applied in international aid activities, which play significant roles particularly in sites in developing countries.
This side event aims to illustrate the usefulness of the satoyama concept for effective management of protected areas by highlighting work in buffer zones. The satoyama concept and JICA’s new strategy for nature conservation will be introduced as theoretical background, followed by presentations of on-the-ground cases. A panel discussion will illustrate how such approaches can contribute to both effective management of protected areas and enhancement of human well-being.
For more information on this event, please visit the World Parks Congress website.
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