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COVID19 recovery and other environmental issues

Promoting the Satoyama Initiative
Aiming toward realizing “societies in harmony with nature” similar to the 2050 Biodiversity Vision of “living in harmony with nature”, the Satoyama Initiative promotes the conservation and sustainable use of local natural resources, while also practicing “local production for local consumption” and building communities. Experiences from implementing the Satoyama Initiative are clearly the first potential step toward designing a new society post-COVID-19. The idea of “local production for local consumption” is based on building ‘face-to-face relationships’ between producers and consumers, and reevaluating relationships with communities in which we live or to which we have close ties. This is done in practice through the Satoyama Initiative.
The practice of “local production for local consumption” will allow people living in the region to rethink their habits and the underlying environment and nurture environmental values. This buildup of value will lead to productive and strong local communities. Furthermore, strong local communities contribute not only to biodiversity conservation, but also various other priorities such as disaster risk reduction. For example, as the climate crisis intensify disasters, it is necessary to build societies that are resilient — societies that can repair the damage caused and swiftly recover. To do so, strong community ties among residents built over day-to-day life are indispensable, in addition to employing nature-based solutions. To redesign socioeconomic systems through COVID-19 recovery, the three transitions of decarbonization, circular economy, and decentralization are critical. To realize these transitions, independent, productive, and strong communities will clearly have important roles to play.

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