A workshop organised by UNU-IAS in Kumamoto, Japan on 3–6 September 2019 produced recommendations for the upcoming post-2020 global biodiversity framework, focused on incorporating landscape approaches. The next global framework will guide biodiversity policy following the current UN Decade on Biodiversity 2011–2020, and is expected to be endorsed at the Fifteenth Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 15) in Kunming, China in late 2020.
The Expert Thematic Workshop on Landscape Approaches for the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework was held in conjunction with the Eighth Global Conference of the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI-8). Experts from CBD Parties and other organisations, UNU-IAS, and member organisations of the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI), for which UNU-IAS serves as the secretariat, participated in plenary and working-group sessions over the course of the workshop. The workshop was organized by the UNU-IAS International Satoyama Initiative project, in cooperation with the CBD Secretariat, the Ministry of the Environment, Japan, and Kumamoto Prefectural Government.
A public forum on 4 September focused on Socio-ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes for Biodiversity Conservation (SEPLS), with experts presenting information about landscape approaches towards biodiversity conservation, global biodiversity policy, and examples from Japan and other countries. The General Assembly of IPSI-8 was held on 3 September, bringing together members of the partnership to share information and take decisions regarding its future direction.
On 6 September, participants took part in an excursion to locations around Kumamoto Prefecture including Aso, Minamata, Yamaga and others, hosted by Kumamoto Prefectural Government.
IPSI-8 was organised as part of the International Satoyama Initiative (ISI), a UNU-IAS project working towards creation of societies in harmony with nature, through promoting the maintenance and rebuilding of SEPLS for the benefit of biodiversity and human wellbeing.