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Introduction to the Sato-umi initiative. Mitsutaku MAKINO IUCN-FEG Member Fisheries Research Agency Japan. What is Sato-umi. “ Sato ” means village, and “ umi ” means seas.

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Introduction to the Sato-umi initiative

Mitsutaku MAKINO

IUCN-FEG Member

Fisheries Research Agency Japan


What is Sato-umi

  • “Sato” means village, and “umi” means seas.

  • Sato-umi is a Japanese term for a mosaic of different ecosystem types along with human settlements, which has been managed to produce bundles of ecosystem services for human well-being.


  • fishing villages, fisheries operations, aquaculture, sea bathing, shellfish gathering, sport fishing (angling), nature observation, urban area, etc.etc.


Purposes of Sato-umi

  • Aiming at well-balanced mix of various ecosystem services, and sustainable management of coastal seas not only in water quality but also in ecosystem and ecosystem services.


Sato-umi related international events/symposiums

  • PEMSEA (Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia) meeting in Korea, 2005

  • EMECS 7 (7th Conference of Environmental Management of Enclosed Coastal Seas) in France, 2006

  • East Asian Seas Congress in Philippines, 2009

  • CBD COP10 in Japan, 2010


Result 1: Sub-Global Report under Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Framework

  • Satoyama Satoumi Ecosystem and Human Well-Being, published by UNU in 2010.


Result 2: CBD Technical Series 61

  • Biological and cultural diversity in coastal communities: Exploring the potential of Satoumi for Implementing the Ecosystem Approach in the Japanese Archipelago, published in 2011.


  • Sato-umi initiative is a bottom-up type activity by local people with special reference to the ecosystem services.

  • Sato-umi has enough possibilities for the sustainable coastal management in which not only fisheries but human well-being are more focused (Matsuda 2010).

  • Sato-umi initiative can work in countries/areas where a lot of people are living along the coastal area directly relying upon the marine ecosystem services (Asia-Pacific area, African coastal area, Mediterranean, indigenous communities, etc.)

Thank you very much


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