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Two new UP Open University (UPOU) projects submitted to the International Partnership for the Satoyama Initiative (IPSI) were approved for implementation. The UPOU, through the Faculty of Management and Development Studies (FMDS), has been a member of IPSI since 2012.

For the Satoyama Development Mechanism (SDM) 2017 Project, 23 applications were submitted to the SDM Secretariat and only six applications were selected that were deemed most promising for the implementation and promotion of the concept of the Satoyama Initiative. FMDS-UPOU submitted a proposal on “Contextualization of the Instructional Materials for the Training of Youths toward Conservation of Ifugao Rice Terraces as a Satoyama Landscape”. This project draws on the two other involvements of UPOU in capacitating the Ifugao youths toward sustainable development and conservation of the Ifugao Rice Terraces in partnership with Ifugao State University (IFSU), local government of Ifugao, and the Kanazawa University of Japan. This project aims to contextualize through translation the instructional materials for the training of youths toward conservation of Ifugao Rice Terraces as Satoyama landscape. The said project will run from January 2018 to January 2019.

For the IPSI Collaborative Activity, which are activities undertaken by two or more members of IPSI, UPOU’s project is “Development and Sharing of Multimedia Learning Resources for Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Satoyama.” This is a collaborative activity between UPOU and Kanazawa University (KU). UPOU and KU have collaborated in various projects related to the conservation and sustainable development of Ifugao Rice Terraces since 2013.

IPSI is comprised of 202 member organizations committed to supporting socio ecological landscapes and seascapes (SEPLS) for the benefit of biodiversity and human well-being through the implementation of their respective activities. (NDSAlazada)