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International Symposium on Implementing the Satoyama Initiative for the Benefit of Biodiversity and Human Well-being


“Satoyama Initiative” emphasizes the harmonious coexistence of human welfare enhancement and natural environment improvement.  It explores ways to promote the sustainable utilization of natural resources in the Satoyama area, an area near to or within the mountainous area.  It does not only advocate conservation, but also promote sustainable management and use of natural resources so that the people living in the Satoyama area can improve their livelihood and also improve the quality of natural resources, landscape, culture, heritage and biodiversity.  This initiative was originated from Japan, among other things it advocates the combination of ecosystem with the traditional environmentally friendly agricultural techniques and modern technologies to create sustainable socio-ecological production landscapes management system. To know the ecosystem better and smartly utilize ecosystem services there are various benefits that could be generated from the natural environment and from properly-functioning ecosystems. The local communities can therefore maintain a balance in their rural economic development and ecological system, and preserve the natural landscape as their manageable resources and property.

This symposium invites researchers, government officials, NGOs and farmers who are involved in the research and implementation of Satoyama Initiative projects. The goal is to share the experiences on rural communities’ environmental improvement and rural resource management, and how to use rural resources more smartly to balance the economic needs and environmental and cultural preservation.  Furthermore, the symposium can also serve as a platform to share the ideas, knowledge, and experience in implementing the Satoyama Initiative ideas and projects with the public. With more public support, the Ideas of Satoyama Initiative could be used to improve the sustainable rural development in the Asian-Pacific Region.

  • To share the ideas of rural resource management and ecosystem service.
  • To exchange Satoyama Initiative related knowledge and application.
  • To strengthen the international cooperation among regional agricultural institutions, NGOs, and experts.
3.Major findings, recommendations and conclusion
  • Strengthen the role of government as facilitators to continue the Satoyama Initiative promotion because both government and facilitators from all levels and scales are needed.
  • Emphasize not only biodiversity conservation but livelihoods to get equal goals and balance in rural management.
  • Consider SEPLS as a corridor that links rural areas and nature, which should be respected by everyone, and try to understand its characteristic of complexity that has multiple values, including economic, cultural, spiritual, and aesthetical.
  • Consider a landscape approach for sustainable use and sharing while making policies.
  • Embrace all kinds of diversity, such as economic diversity, biodiversity, and social diversity.
  • Disseminate the rural management policies to all stakeholders at all levels and try to connect all sectors with policy cohesion.
  • Listen, understand, learn, and use governmental resources to improve the Satoyama Initiative implementation.
  • Identify the optimal indicators and conduct investigations on which measurements are appropriate for the SDM evaluation for Satoyama Initiative implementation.
  • Encourage farmers to follow and educate the consumers because their perceptions are still important factors in market development.
  • Continue to seek ways to improve the environment and increase biodiversity to let people notice the benefits of environmentally-friendly actions.

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Implementing the Satoyama Initiative for the Benefits of Biodiversity and Human Well-being:Taiwan's Experience | Paper: PPT:
Dr. Kuang-Chung Lee
Associate Professor, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Studies, National Don Hua University, Taiwan

Conserving Biodiversity for Sustainable Futures - Perspectives from the International Satoyama Initiative | Paper: PPT:
Dr. Evonne Yiu
Research Fellow, United Nations University, Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (International Partnership of Satoyama Initiative Secretariat )

Evaluating the Benefit of Practice for Satoyama Initiative by Applying Information and Communication Technology (ICT) | Paper: PPT:
Dr. Chi-Ling Chen
Soil Scientist, Agricultural Chemistry Division, Taiwan Agricultural Research Institute (TARI), Council of Agriculture, Taiwan

Biodiversity Maintained by the Traditional Tea-Grass Integrated System in Shizuoka, Japan | Paper: PPT:
Dr. Yoshinobu Kusumoto
Principal Researcher, Biodiversity Utilization Group, Division of Hillside Horticulture Research, Western Region Agricultural Research Center, NARO, Japan

Study on Rice Paddy Agroecosystem in Different Cultivation Method and Landscape | Paper: PPT:
Ms. Li Lin
Assistant Researcher, Hualien District Agricultural Research and Extension Station (HDARES), Council of Agriculture, Taiwan

Achievements, Challenges and Ways Forward for the Satoyama Development Mechanism: A Self-assessment by the SDM Secretariat | Paper: PPT:
Mr. Yasuo Takahashi
Researcher, Natural Resources and Ecosystem Services, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Japan

Taiwan Ecological Network and Satoyama Initiative | Paper: PPT:
Dr. Chih-Chin Shih
Section Chief, Habitat Management Section, Conservation Division, Forestry Bureau(FB), Council of Agriculture, Taiwan

Authenticity, Satoyama and Sustainability in Tourism | Paper: PPT:
Dr. Pei-Hsin Hsu
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Taiwan Forestry Research Institute (TFRI), Council of Agriculture, Taiwan

PGRFA On-farm Conservation and Ecological Engineering Initiative: MARDI's Experience | Paper: PPT:
Ms. Maya Izar BINTI Khaidizar
Curator, Agrobiodiversity & Environment Research Centre, MARDI Headquarters, Malaysia

The Kalahan Educational Foundation: On the Ground Initiative for Forest Conservation and Culture Preservation | Paper: PPT:
Dr. Juan Magboo Pulhin
Professor, Department of Social Forestry and Forest Governance, College of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), Philippines

Promoting of Economic Forest Plantation and Small Green Energy Production Learning Center for Supporting Local Community Sustainable Development | Paper: PPT:
Dr. Pongsak Hengniran
Lecturer, Department of Forest Product, Kasetsart University, Thailand

Implementing Satoyama Initiative through Community-Conserved Areas (CCAs)- a Success Story from Nagaland, India | Paper: PPT:
Mr. Siddharth Edake
Associate Fellow of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), India

The Spark Crashed by the Kavalan Culture and Satoyama-Satoumi Partnership in Taiwan | Paper: PPT:
Ms. Li-Yun Gong
Worker of Fengbin Township Xinshe Tribe Organic Paddy Field, Hualien County, Taiwan

Transforming Fuli with Multi-experimental Activities to Carry Out the Spirit of Satoyama | Paper: PPT:
Mr. Yu-En Zhong
Leader of Manna Cooperation, Yongfeng Community, Hualien County, Taiwan


Seminar Proceeding:


Implementing the Satoyama Initiative for the Benefit of Biodiversity and Human Well-being
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