The Ministry of the Environment of Japan (MOEJ), the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD), the United Nations University (UNU), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have agreed to support a project titled Community Development and Knowledge management for the Satoyama Initiative (COMDEKS) as the flagship of the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI). The Satoyama Initiative is a global initiative to promote sustainable use and management of natural resources in socio-ecological production landscapes with the aim of maintaining, rebuilding and revitalizing them.

The project will provide small-scale project financing to local community organizations in selected developing countries through UNDP’s small grants delivery mechanisms, including the GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) and other alternative schemes, and will be executed by UNOPS. The project will also review, analyze, and codify results arising from implementation of the community projects supported to distill and disseminate lessons which can be communicated to policy makers for coherent policy development and replication in other parts of the world.