This workshop marks the inception of the UNDP project COMDEKS– Community Development and Knowledge Management for the Satoyama Initiative. Stemming from a unique partnership between the Ministry of the Environment of Japan (MOEJ), the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD), United Nations University (UNU), and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for the Satoyama Initiative, COMDEKS seeks to bring about community development, learning and knowledge sharing by making small grants to community organizations to help them maintain and manage more resilient socio-ecological production landscapes (SEPLs).
Core aspects of the project
The COMDEKS inception workshop brought together representatives of SGP Country Programmes from eight of the first eleven COMDEKS countries with the aim of accomplishing three broad objectives:
- to become familiar with the concept of the Satoyama Initiative and integrated management of SEPLs, as well as the COMDEKS implementation strategy;
- to gain technical knowledge and learn about tools and resources for operationalizing the concept of the Satoyama Initiative in COMDEKS project landscapes;
- to share expectations and tools for knowledge management, build strategies for implementing COMDEKS in each of the participating countries, and establish action plans and guidelines for post-workshop collaboration and project implementation.
Representatives from 11 countries discussed the use of multi-stakeholder partnerships to build resilience in project landscapes and share knowledge.
What’s inside the workshop report
This workshop report documents the presentations and discussions during the workshop, outlines the next steps identified during action planning and identifies key resources for project implementation. It is designed as a resource not only for those present at the workshop but for those unable to attend as well as for the next round of national coordinators who will be responsible for implementing COMDEKS. Workshop documents and handouts are included as annexes and can also be found on the COMDEKS blog.