A UNU-IAS workshop in Florence, Italy on 27–29 May 2014 brought together members of the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI) and other experts to consider conservation and revitalization of socio-ecological production landscapes in Europe. The IPSI Regional Workshop, on the theme “Revitalizing production landscapes in Europe: travel and dialogue for people and biodiversity”, was organized in cooperation with the Romualdo Del Bianco Foundation and its International Institute Life Beyond Tourism.
Socio-ecological production landscapes have formed important linkages between humans and nature in Europe since ancient times, and have contributed to vibrant and resilient societies. However, production landscapes in Europe have been transformed by industrialization and demographic changes, weakening local production, land management and cultural practices. To address these issues, residents of production landscapes have increasingly taken a strategy of accepting more visitors as a way to revitalize their landscapes.
The IPSI regional workshop aimed to address these issues, deepening understanding of the conservation and revitalization of socio-ecological production landscapes in Europe using responsible and sustainable models of travel and dialogue, and identifying ways to further promote them in the future. Participants engaged in these topics through a series of presentation and focused discussion.
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 for the benefit of biodiversity and human wellbeing. UNU-IAS is supporting the initiative through a range of activities.
For more information, please visit the websites of the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative, and the International Institute Life Beyond Tourism.