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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

Introduction to the Sato-umi initiative

Mitsutaku MAKINO


Fisheries Research Agency Japan

what is sato umi
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
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
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
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
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