The GEF-Satoyama Project: Global Mapping of Important Socio-Ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes

Authors: Yoji Natori*, Conservation International - Washington, DC
Topics: Environment
Keywords: GEF-Satoyama Projects, SEPLS, Biodiversity,
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: Roosevelt 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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The GEF-Satoyama Project, funded by the Global Environment Facility, aims to achieve societies in harmony with nature, with sustainable primary production sector based on traditional and modern wisdom, and to make significant contributions to global targets for conservation of biological diversity. Production landscapes and seascapes refer to the space in which primary industry activities take place in general and are important as buffers and provide vital connection between protected areas. They are important for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity in their own right. Among the production landscapes and seascapes, those that integrate the values of biodiversity and social aspects harmoniously with production activities, such that production activities support biodiversity and vice versa, are termed the socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes (SEPLS). They are called “Satoyama” in Japan, where their values have been recognized and made into an international initiative. Although SEPLS can be found in many places around the world, the lack of global identification of important SEPLS lead to their low policy priority. To ensure effective policy guidance, the mapping of SEPLS from synthesis of existing studies and methods is a critical output that will facilitate communication and gain policy attention/recognition for SEPLS. In this study, data sets, such as global key biodiversity area database, and tools, such as the Satoyama Index, are used to identify areas in which important SEPLS are expected to be found.

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