The new UNU-IAS publication Socio-ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes (SEPLS) in Africa explores the role of SEPLS in human well-being and development in the region. It compiles 12 SEPLS-related case studies from six African countries — Benin, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya and Uganda.
Produced in collaboration with the University of Tokyo’s Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S/UTIAS), it builds on the Satoyama Initiative Regional Workshop in Africa, which was held in Accra, Ghana from 10 to 12 August 2015.
The publication considers common issues relating to the status of, trends in, and threats facing SEPLS and what needs to be done for their revitalization, conservation and sustainable management. The case studies are written in a descriptive manner to provide readers with concise, informative and easily understandable information.
The intended audience for this publication is broad, aimed at anyone interested in sustainable development in Africa and beyond. It will be of particular interest to scholars, policymakers in various government agencies, UN and intergovernmental organizations, natural resource managers, local leaders and practitioners.
The publication will be launched at the Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI), as part of the side event Enhancing Resilience against Climate and Ecosystem Changes in Sub-Saharan Africa on 25 August, to be organized by UNU-IAS, the University of Nairobi, the University of Tokyo and Kenyatta University.