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Landscapes up for grabs

May 26, 2010

The Burren and the BurrenLife project are nicely captured in the newly published Convention on Biological Diversity’s Technical Series Number 52, Sustainable Use of Biological Diversity in Socio-Ecological Production Landscapes commencing on page 142. This is one of the first publication outputs of the new Japanese Satoyama Initiative which is gearing up for a major launch at the forthcoming COP 10 in Nagoya later this year. I was able to attend one of the Satoyama Initiative dress rehearsals (they had 3!) at the recent SBSTTA meeting of the CBD in Kenya. Interestingly the FAO’s Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Sites (GIAHS), which is doing much the same thing as Satoyama but for much longer, were also showcasing at SBSTTA. They presented a number of country-based case studies which illustrated a rather nice bottom-up process to documenting the biocultural heritage of landscapes. I wonder how Satoyama will ensure a similar grassroots approach is prominent in their initiative. A few of the case studies in the above publication don’t even have national partners as co-authors. So, two initiaitives seemingly appearing to do much the same thing. It remains to be seen what mechanisms will be put in place to avoid duplication of efforts and to forge effective collaborations.

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