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 been working together to promote the Satoyama Initiative, a global initiative to promote sustainable use and management of natural resources in socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes with the aim of maintaining, rebuilding and revitalizing them. The Community Development and Knowledge Management for the Satoyama Initiative (COMDEKS) Project is a unique global project implemented by UNDP as the flagship of the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI).
Funded through the Japan Biodiversity Fund established within the CBD Secretariat, the COMDEKS Project is implemented by UNDP, and delivered through the GEF Small Grants Programme, allowing for a fast, flexible, and proven mechanism to reach communities and civil society at the local level. As part of COMDEKS, small grants are provided to local community organizations with the overall long term objective to enhance socio-ecological production landscape resilience by developing sound biodiversity management and sustainable livelihood activities with local communities to maintain, rebuild, and revitalize landscapes. COMDEKS grant making is expected to generate key lessons on community-based best practices to maintain and rebuild socio-ecological production landscapes toward the realization of "societies in harmony with nature", as defined as the vision of the Satoyama Initiative.
Currently, the project is implemented in 20 countries: Bhutan, Brazil, Cambodia, Cameroon, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Fiji, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Malawi, Mongolia, Namibia, Nepal, Niger, Slovakia and Turkey.
Publication: "Communities in Action for Landscape Resilience and Sustainability: The COMDEKS Programme" which was launched on October 2014 at the Twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12) in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea.
The toolkit provides practical guidance for making use of the "Indicators of Resilience in Socio-ecological Production Landscapes and Seascapes (SEPLS)", a tool for engaging local communities in adaptive management of the landscapes and seascapes in which they live. Developed by Bioversity International and UNU-IAS, the indicators are applied by the UNDP COMDEKS Programme to guide the assessment of socio-ecological production landscapes and seascapes.
The toolkit was developed by the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS), Bioversity International, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as part of a Collaborative Activity under the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI).