Online Learning » Japan Just another WordPress weblog Tue, 03 Mar 2009 20:42:51 +0000 EN hourly 1 The Satoyama Initiative Thu, 28 Jan 2010 01:40:39 +0000 brendan Satoyama landscape is a traditional Japanese multi-functional land use system in which agricultural practices and natural resource management techniques are used to optimize the benefits derived from local ecosystems. The products obtained (including food and fuel) help safeguard the community against poverty, but without degrading the land, water or other resources.

Similar landscapes have sustained millions of people around the globe for thousands of years. Yet, with the various forces of modernization and urbanization, these ways have been increasingly undermined or abandoned, and many ecosystems have been harmed and the corresponding communities weakened.

The Satoyama Initiative, a global effort led by the Ministry of the Environment of Japan and the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies, aims to help evaluate such landscapes and promote the revival and amelioration of the mechanisms for their sustainable management.  The Initiative can help achieve the objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), being officially proposed at the CBD’s Tenth Conference of the Parties and incorporated into Convention-related activities.

Authors / Target audience

The Initiative’s portal serves as a mechanism for networking, communication and information-sharing among the Satoyama International Partnership, which is to be comprised of participating national governments, local governments, civil societies, local communities, private sector entities, NPOs/NGOs, educational and research institutes and international organizations — all of whom have stakes and interests in advancing such landscapes where human-nature relationships are more sustainable.

The educational materials produced by these partners — such as videos conveying information about the Initiative, case studies and lessons learnt — serve not just in achieving the goals of the Initiative, but as an important reference for academics and students in related fields. Additionally, the video content acts as awareness-raising material for the general public at a time when such knowledge needs to be more widely disseminated and considered.

Design and technology

The portal has been developed using Wordpress. The video content showcased is produced by the Media Studio and hosted in Vimeo. Compatibility has been tested with Explorer, Firefox and Safari.

Copyright License

Except where otherwise specified, the contents (text, video, graphics, photography) of the Satoyama Initiative portal are licensed by the United Nations University under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 license.

Project Title

Satoyama Initiative

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The Wisdom Years Mon, 21 May 2007 10:44:18 +0000 butuzov Ageing and our need for care begins from the moment we are born.

In Japan, one of the richest, technological and urbanized societies of the world, 20% of the population is now over 65 and living in cities.

The Wisdom Years documentary offers glimpses into the urban lives of 70, 80 and 90 year olds of different socio-economic backgrounds. Through science and everyday case studies, we discover why ageing is relative to a person’s physical, mental and social capacities and how by harnessing these secrets all of us can achieve a long and healthy life into the 21st Century.

This advocacy documentary/e-case study is aimed at policymakers, health sector workers and public in general.

Design and Technology
Filmed in high definition

1 X 26 minute documentary
6 short interstitial series
Website –

Copyright License
Copyright United Nations University and the World Health Organization. Some Rights Reserved.

Project Title
A series of documentaries under the UNU Project on Library of e-Case Studies and Documentaries and the WHO Kobe Centre Health Urbanization Project.

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