UNU-IAS has published a new book titled Understanding the Multiple Values Associated with Sustainable Use in Socio-ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes, the fifth volume in the institute’s annual series the Satoyama Initiative Thematic Review. It presents 11 case studies from across the world, considering how different kinds of values, which have been called “multiple values of nature”, are provided and maintained through sustainable use of biodiversity. The case studies reflect various socio-political and ecosystem contexts, and demonstrate how integrated and holistic approaches to management can provide intrinsic, instrumental, and relational values to bring about economic, social/cultural and ecological sustainability for both biodiversity and people.
The publication was produced by our International Satoyama Initiative project, in cooperation with the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES). Each volume of the Satoyama Initiative Thematic Review contains a number of case studies drawn from member organisations of the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI), of which UNU-IAS serves as secretariat. A synthesis chapter also brings together lessons learned and best practices.
Previous volumes of the Satoyama Initiative Thematic Review have focused on Enhancing Knowledge for Better Management of Socio-ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes, Mainstreaming concepts and approaches of socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes into policy and decision-making, Sustainable livelihoods in socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes, and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity in Socio-ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes (SEPLS) and its Contribution to Effective Area-based Conservation. Each volume is expected to provide useful knowledge and lessons for a broad audience including policymakers, practitioners and academics working on landscape approaches and other aspects of sustainability.