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The Satoyama Initiative and the Green Economy
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The Satoyama Initiative and the Green Economy

Date: Monday, 18 June 2012
Time: 14:30–16:00
Venue: Japan Pavilion
Organizers: Ministry of the Environment Japan, IPSI Secretariat (UNU-IAS)
Partners: Government of Japan, UN University, UN Development Programme, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)

The Satoyama Initiative is a comprehensive effort to benefit biodiversity and human well-being through promoting the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources in human-influenced natural environments. The Initiative has demonstrated global appeal across sectors and was specifically recognized in 2010 at CBD COP10. Human-influenced natural environments or socio-ecological production landscapes (SEPLs) are found all around the world; they have been formed and maintained through sustainable land use, and support human life by providing various goods and services.

During the side event, there will be presentations by leading experts and an in-depth panel discussion examining the effectiveness and usefulness of the Satoyama Initiative. Particular emphasis will be placed on the development of new business models based on sustainable land use including mosaic landscape management.

The side event will be enriched by a broad spectrum of presenters with long careers in a variety of areas, but united by common interests. They will draw on a wealth of experience working in international organizations, governments, and the private sector. In conclusion, there will be a discussion of how the Satoyama Initiative can further contribute to a green economy as it continues to follow its vision of realizing societies in harmony with nature.

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