From mountain to sea: A vision for the rebuilding of Tohoku
Anne McDonald and Brendan Barrett
OurWorld 2.0, 3 February 2012

KANAZAWA, JAPAN: In this article and related video, UNU’s Anne McDonald and Brendan Barrett share the story of Shigeatsu Hatakeyama, an oyster farmer from Kesennuma, a story which shows the importance of our connection to nature, exemplifies the notion of resilience, and shows how the Tohoku region would be best served by tapping into the rich wisdom and traditions in the region about the value of conserving biodiversity and the environment. It is through satoyama (sustainable management of the rural land use) and satoumi (management of the coastal areas) that much of the traditional knowledge about how to maintain biodiversity in an agricultural and marine context has been passed down through generations. Rebuilding the local communities and economy will, of course, be the priorities. However, efforts to reconstruct the region will only truly be successful if they build upon the traditional knowledge of those communities, rather than discard it. Read the article …

Collaborating for Landscapes
Kazuhiko Takemoto
Landscapes for People, Food and Nature blog, 31 January 2012

YOKOHAMA, JAPAN: In this article, UNU-IAS’ Kazuhiko Takemoto presents the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI), including the Initiative’s background and future challenges. He notes that the challenges currently facing the world’s socio-ecological productive landscapes are considerable, and it is unlikely that a single one-size-fits-all solution can be found. The global collaboration and sharing of lessons learned facilitated by IPSI has the potential to make a substantial contribution to maintaining and revitalizing satoyama around the world and ensuring that the same ecosystem services enjoyed by people today will be available to future generations. Read the article …